VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE CUSHING TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS LABEL. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE USED ON FORWARDED MAIL.
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. This type is much rarer than the larger labels.
With 1976 C.S.A. certificate
FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE. OF THE EIGHT RECORDED COVERS WITH EDEY'S EXPRESS LABEL, THIS IS THE ONLY FORWARDED USAGE. EDEY'S EXPRESS OPERATED BRIEFLY FROM AUGUST UNTIL LATE OCTOBER 1862.
Arthur H. Edey provided mail service between members of the 5th Regiment, Texas Volunteers, serving east of the Mississippi and their correspondents back home. Our records contain eight examples of Edey's label, including a few heavily stained or defective covers. This is one of the freshest and most interesting usages.
With 1982 P.F. certificate. The last example we offered, in our auction of the Green Collection (Sale 822) realized $7,000 hammer.
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED FORWARDED TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS COVER. A WONDERFUL USAGE WITH A BEAUTIFUL STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 10-CENT DIE A ISSUE.
Ex Lehman. With 1965 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULAR AND RARE COMBINATION OF LITHOGRAPHED AND ENGRAVED CONFEDERATE GENERAL ISSUES PAYING THE 40-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI RATE. THE "ADVERTISED" MARKING ADDS ANOTHER ELEMENT OF RARITY.
This is the only franking of its kind recorded in the Krieger census (W-42)