AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE I LABEL, THE RAREST OF THE FOUR TYPES USED ON TRANS-MISSISSIPPI MAIL CARRIED BY E. H. CUSHING.
E. H. Cushing, publisher of the Houston Daily Telegraph, commenced his express service after New Orleans fell to Federal forces in April 1862. In an effort to improve communications between Texas 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.
Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 111). Ex Keeling and Walske. C.S.A. Catalogue value for this label on cover $10,000.00
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED ON-COVER PAIRS OF THE 5-CENT LOCAL PRINTED ON BOTH SIDES AND ONE OF ONLY SIX PAIRS KNOWN IN TOTAL.
Ex Brooks and Nunnelly. With 2005 C.S.A. certificate