FORWARDING AGENTS, 1852-1872 Forwarding Agents in Aspinwall (Colon), Chagres and Panama.
Seventeen covers with different forwarding agent handstamps, each individually selected for the quality of the strike, eight from Aspinwall (Colon) incl. E&H Abrahams & Co., Jose A. Cespedes, T.R. Cowan, J.B. Donalisio, Geo. W. Fletcher, C.J. Fox, W.P. Maal and West India & Pacific Steamship, one from Chagres (T.R. Cowan), and eight from Panama incl. Corwine Brothers, De Sabla (used with Well's Fargo), F. Gogorza, Hourquet Poylo & Co. (used with Great Britain 1sh), Jimenez Hermanos and two Hurtado Hermanos, a few with double forwarding marks and most to either New York, San Francisco or London, couple to Bogota
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE STRIKES. A REMARKABLE GROUP OF FORWARDING AGENTS IN PANAMA - EACH WITH CHOICE STRIKES - OFFERED INTACT ON TEN PAGES FROM ALFREDO FROHLICH'S AWARD-WINNING EXHIBIT.
Prior to the establishment of the Universal Postal Union, forwarding agents played a vital role in the movement of mail from one country to another. The importance of these agents in Panama grew exponentially in the mid-1800s, due to Panama's location as a major crossing between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as well as the westward expansion of the United States.
While the strikes here are not all inclusive of the known agents, this does comprise many of the better strikes in exceptional quality. According to Rowe, most of these are Rarity 3, with a few Rarity 4.
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