VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE HALE & CO. RED STAMP WITH MANUSCRIPT OVERPRINT SHOWING CHANGE OF ADDRESS. A SIGNIFICANT INDEPENDENT MAILS RARITY.
Accompanied by copy of Robson Lowe letter authenticating the cover and commenting on its rarity. The handstamped "City Despatch Office, 23 State St." overprint is listed in Scott as 75L3 (Red stamp) and 75L4 (Blue stamp), and the manuscript "23 State St." on Blue stamp with blank address is listed as a variety of 75L5. This manuscript overprint on the scarcer Red stamp is currently not listed, although that is likely to change when attention is drawn to this cover. With 1973 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FEW KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE HARTFORD MAIL ROUTE STAMP USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH HALE OR ADAMS MARKINGS. IN MANY RESPECTS THE MOST ATTRACTIVE OF ALL HARTFORD MAIL ROUTE COVERS.
Although our records of Hartford Mail Route covers are somewhat incomplete, sources consulted reveal only four covers showing the Hartford Mail Route stamp used in conjunction with independent mail service provided by Hale or Adams. According to an article by Francis E. Stern (Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 41, No. 3, pp. 109-117), the Hartford Mail Route was operated by two principals, Parsons and Fuller. Parsons also served as superintendent of the Adams Express, and Fuller was the terminal agent for Thompson & Co. express. The Hartford Mail Route linked with Hale and Adams, evidenced by examples showing conjunctive use on mail between cities via Hartford. The manuscript markings on stamps coincide with the direction from Hartford; in this case, "South" to New York City.
With 1976 P.F. certificate