VERY FINE. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL POST-WAR EXPRESS MARKINGS.
With 1980 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE PIONEER EXPRESS COMPANY'S SELMA OFFICE HANDSTAMP, THIS BEING THE ONLY ONE USED WITH STAMPS.
Next to Adams and Southern Express, the Pioneer Express Co. was one of the most active expresses operating in the Southern States during and after the war. The Selma and Mobile offices used datestamps, but only two examples of each are recorded. This cover was sent during the early post-war reconstruction period when many mail routes were not operational. Pioneer Express carried the letter from Selma to New Orleans, and from there it entered the government mails. Curiously, a second 3c stamp was affixed and cancelled at New Orleans.
Ex Knapp, MacBride and Muzzy
A VERY FINE AND UNIQUE COVER, CARRIED BY SOUTHERN EXPRESS COMPANY IN THE EARLY MONTHS OF POST-WAR RECONSTRUCTION AND THEN BY TRANSATLANTIC MAIL TO FRANCE.
The irregularity of mail service in Southern States immediately after the war created the need for expresses to carry letters and valuables between cities. This cover was brought by Southern Express Co. from Augusta to Savannah, and from there it entered the government mails to New York where it was put on board a Cunard steamship bound for Europe. The "4/-" charge, or 50c, was twice the normal express fee and must have included 25c for the company and 25c for postage, although the rate to France was only 15c. A 24c stamp was used, probably due to limited availability of other values and the fact that Southern Express Co. had been paid 25c for postage.
With Stanley B. Ashbrook opinion