VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COVER SENT BY THE CENTRAL ROUTE VIA SALT LAKE CITY ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW DAILY OVERLAND MAIL SERVICE. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THIS FRANKING, THE IMPRINT AND THE FOREIGN DESTINATION.
On March 12, 1861, service on the Southern Overland Mail Route (the Butterfield route) was ordered discontinued due to disruptions caused by the Civil War. The first daily stages on the new central route left St. Joseph and Placerville on July 1, 1861 (the same day the government contract for the Pony Express commenced). Both coaches reached their destinations on July 18, a savings of approximately eight days over the old route.
VERY FINE. A RARE STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 10-CENT 1857 TYPE I ON A COVER TO VERA CRUZ.
The strip of four pays the four-times 10c rate to Mexico. Noted in The United States Ten-Cent Stamps 1855-59 on. p. 40. Ex Emerson, Knapp, Neinken, Ishikawa and "Sevenoaks". Signed Ashbrook.
VERY FINE. A STRIKING 1857 10-CENT TYPE III MULTIPLE ON A QUADRUPLE-RATE COVER TO MEXICO FROM THE HARGOUS CORRESPONDENCE. MULTIPLE-RATE COVERS TO MEXICO ARE RARELY FOUND IN THIS REMARKABLY FRESH AND CHOICE CONDITION.
Pencil note "Colson $200" on back, referring to the price paid to Warren H. Colson, probably more than 70 years ago.