Sale 908 — Western Expresses, Carriers, Locals & Independent Mails
Sale Date — Friday, 17 March, 2006
Category — Overland Mail
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THE McNEILL & DUDLEY RAILROAD PROPAGANDA DESIGN CONTAINED IN THE LEVI RECORDS OF WESTERN ILLUSTRATED COVERS.
The railroad designs were part of a public relations effort to promote completion of the transcontinental railroad. Although the "Per Overland Mail" route depicts a steam locomotive, the mail was actually transported by horses and stagecoach. Some of the designs are more explicit, reading "Overland Mail in hope of the [railroad]." This Napa City publisher's design is distinctive and, according to our Levi records, represented by this sole cover.