VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING HIGH-QUALITY EXAMPLE OF THIS SCARCE RAILROAD DESIGN.
As early as 1845, bills were submitted to Congress to seek government support for a “Pacific” railroad. The transcontinental railroad was part of the Republican Party’s platform in 1856, and both parties supported the concept in the 1860 election. To rally public and political support for the railroad, different types of envelopes were printed with the image of a train--on this one, the locomotive is steaming along and a slogan expresses “hope” for the railroad. These envelopes still served a practical purpose of directing the letter to go by the overland mail stage, but they carried a message to legislators back home: build the railroad!
VERY FINE. A STRIKING AND RARE MIXED FRANKING WITH THE U.S. 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE AND THE BRITISH COLUMBIA AND VANCOUVER ISLAND 1860 2-1/2 PENCE ISSUE, USED ON COVER TO MAINE VIA THE OVERLAND MAILS.
The BC&VI 1860 2-1/2p stamps had been retired in November 1865, but some were sold during shortages of 3p stamps in 1867. In this case they are used provisionally as 6-1/4 cents.
Ex Carr, Wilkinson and Walske. With 2005 P.F. certificate