VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED COVER FROM ARIZONA TERRITORY TO SOUTH AMERICA.
This cover, originating in Prescott, was carried on the Hardy Toll Road (Route 17201) to Hardyville, then to San Bernardino and Los Angeles. From California it was carried by American steamer to Panama City, then by British steamer to Tumaco, New Granada (Colombia), and finally overland to Barbacoas.
James Scott was one of the prospectors who ventured to Barbacoas, the site of a small-scale gold rush in 1865. One of the prospectors reported it as a great disappointment in the Daily Alta California (Apr. 28, 1866).
Also see lots 1125 and 1171
Also see lots 1125 and 1170
FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL FROM ARIZONA TERRITORY TO MEXICO VIA OVERLAND MAIL.
The Wilbur correspondence was the subject of an article by John Birkinbine in the 1869 Pictorial Research Associates 1978 Register. It is also discussed in Michael Laurence’s 10-Cent 1869 Covers: A Postal Historical Survey. Five 10¢ 1869 covers to Dr. Wilbur in Altar, Mexico were included in the find, each with the stamps torn off. Three have been restored with the original stamps and two remain stampless.
The postmaster at Tucson, Charles H. Lord, may have believed the published 10¢ rate by steamship applied in this case, but the overland rate to Mexico consisted only of U.S. postage to the border (3 cents) and Mexican postage to the destination (2 reales). Thus, the 10¢ 1869 stamp overpaid the correct U.S. postage by 7¢, which accounts for the extreme rarity of this stamp on an overland cover to Mexico from Arizona Territory.
C. V. Slade in Auburn Cal., reduced at left with small repair top left not affecting the frank
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED PACIFIC UNION EXPRESS COMPANY FRANK USED FROM ARIZONA TERRITORY.
Pacific Union Express briefly expanded their service territory to Yuma. Their office was located in the Hooper & Whiting Mercantile Co. store.
VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND UNIQUE ARIZONA TERRITORY COVER TO MEXICO. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED ARIZONA USE OF A REVENUE STAMP TO PAY (OR OVERPAY) REGULAR POSTAGE.
This cover combines a number of fascinating and unique elements. The overland rate to Mexico was only 3¢, which paid postage to the border. Mexican postage was due from the recipient. The postmaster of Arizona City (James Barney) was apparently unfamiliar with this rate and had the cover franked for the 10¢ ocean mail rate. He compounded that mistake by allowing a 2¢ revenue stamp to be used to make up the last 1¢ of the 10¢ rate (overpaid by 1¢). Perhaps there were no 1¢ or 2¢ U.S. stamps available in Arizona City. In any event, this created a unique piece of Arizona Territory postal history.
Ex Knapp and Jarrett