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Sale 1201 — The Dr. William H. Johnson Collection of the U.S. 1890 Small Bank Note Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

Category — Bicycle Mail Route, Expresses, Bisects

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2118
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2118, Bicycle Mail Route, Expresses, Bisects2c Carmine (220), 2c Carmine (220)2c Carmine (220). Tied by "Fresno Cal. Jul. 12 8:30PM 1894" duplex datestamp, used with Bicycle Mail Route, Cal., 25c Green, Retouched Die (12L2), large margins, tied by light cancel on yellow cover to Fresno, backstamped with Jul. 12, 1894 purple "Victor Bicycle Messenger Service" Fresno office datestamp with bicycle illustration, barely reduced at left, Very Fine, this inter-city service was established during the railroad union strike in 1894 by the Fresno agent for Victor bicycles, Arthur C. Banta -- service commenced on July 6 and was discontinued on July 18 when the strike ended -- only 380 letters were carried during the brief period of operation, Scott Retail $2,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
800
2119
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2119, Bicycle Mail Route, Expresses, Bisects5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Vertical pair, rich color, cancelled by corks, light strike of Colorado R.P.O. Oct. 29, 1892 circular datestamp on blue 4-horse illustrated stagecoach express cover depicting almost a dozen people on top of a stagecoach and with "J. H. Farlee, Proprietor, Grand Canyon Stage Line, Peach Springs, Arizona", to Bellevue, Switzerland, small opening tear at right not affecting stamps, Very Fine, stagecoach designs of this period are rare, the stage line ran from 1892 to 1901 from Flagstaff to the Grandview Hotel at the Grand Canyon and helped make Flagstaff a gateway to the Grand Canyons, this is the only known example used to a foreign destination

E. 750-1,000
475
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2120
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2120, Bicycle Mail Route, Expresses, Bisects2c Carmine (220), 2c Carmine (220)2c Carmine (220). Tied by cork cancel, "Saxton's River Vt. Feb. 19 7AM 1894" circular datestamp on red 4-horse illustrated stagecoach express cover depicting almost a dozen people on top of a stagecoach and with "Saxton's River Stage and Express Route, B. M. Walker, Prop'r, Saxton's River, Vt." return address, to Portland Or. where forwarded to Washington D.C. c/o Senator Mitchell, Portland duplex datestamp of Feb. 26 and Washington D.C. backstamp of March 2, minor wear, Very Fine and rare express cover

E. 300-400
200
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2121
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2121, Bicycle Mail Route, Expresses, Bisects30c Black (228), 30c Black (228)30c Black (228). Vertical strip of four, used with 8c First Bureau, tied by penstrokes on Wells, Fargo & Co.'s Express Money Orders tag from Roseburg Or. to Marshfield Or., light strike of Roseburg circular datestamp also ties stamps, card with some creasing, stamps defective, still a rare item

E. 300-400
170
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2122
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2122, Bicycle Mail Route, Expresses, BisectsWells, Fargo & Co. Covers with the 1890 Issue, Wells, Fargo & Co. Covers with the 1890 IssueWells, Fargo & Co. Covers with the 1890 Issue. Five covers, each with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, including 2c used on 2c entire from Fillmore Cal. to Los Angeles; pair of 1c on 2c entire from Monterey Cal. to San Francisco; similar franking from Tuscarora Nev. to San Francisco; also 2c on Mexico entire with green printed frank from La Panocha Mex. to New York, some slight wear, Fine-Very Fine and scarce group

E. 400-500
500
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2123
c
1890 Issue Used on Domestic Covers or Cards. 71, including 18 illustrated or advertising covers covering a range of themes such as ice dealer, venetian blinds, soap, globes, Harter's Wild Cherry Bitters, also includes 14 registered covers including one with 2c Black Jack, 1c and 2c large Bank Notes and No. 219, one with strips of four of Nos. 206, 212 and 219 paying 12c registry fee, also few territorial such as Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Indian, some other better such as one with "Held for Postage" oval, mourning cover from Howcan Alaska, 30c from Washington D.C., two turned into bicolored stamps by pasting in other centers and sent thru the mails, some other interesting, some faults, overall Fine-Very Fine, a fascinating group with great diversity

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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2124
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2124, Bicycle Mail Route, Expresses, Bisects1890 Issue Illegal Bisect Uses, 1890 Issue Illegal Bisect Uses1890 Issue Illegal Bisect Uses. Eight, including 10c diagonal bisect tied across the cut on 1c entire (U226) to Germany, 4c used from New Haven Conn. to West Haven, 4c diagonal used in Hackensack N.J., 2c diagonal used in Brooklyn N.Y., 2c vertical half used in Chicago, 4c diagonal used in New York with 2c Postage Due stamp, 2c diagonal on wrapper, all but the one mentioned accepted as prepaid, few small faults, Fine-Very Fine group

E. 400-500
1,100
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