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Sale 850 — The Dr. Karl Agre Collection of Confederate States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 September, 2002

Category — Trans-Mississippi Express Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
5927
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5927, Trans-Mississippi Express MailE. H. Cushing Express, E. H. Cushing ExpressE. H. Cushing Express. Black on white newsprint label, Dietz Type II, affixed to back of cover originating west of the Mississippi River and addressed to Gainestown Ala., horizontal pair of 5c Blue, Local (7), large margins, affixed over corner card and tied by indistinct "Jackson Miss." (ca. 1862-63) circular datestamp, label is in excellent condition, cover has replaced side flap and repaired lower left corner

AN ATTRACTIVE AND FRESH EXAMPLE OF THE RARE CUSHING TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS LABEL.

E. H. Cushing, publisher of the Houston Daily Telegraph, commenced his express service after New Orleans fell to the Federals in April 1862. In an effort to improve communications between Texan regiments in the East and their relations at home, as well as secure safe lines for news transmission, Cushing established routes with pony riders and other means of conveyance necessary to cross the Federal lines. Cushing's agents affixed labels to the backs of envelopes carried by express. These were intended to inform patrons and advertise the service. Approximately 20 examples (of all varieties) are believed to exist.

Ex Finney, Camina and Seacrest. With 2000 P.S.E. certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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