VERY FINE COVER BEARING THE RARE KIDDER'S CITY EXPRESS "HORSE & RIDER" STAMP.
John T. Boyd discontinued his Brooklyn post on June 30, 1845, when the new postal laws made it illegal for private companies to carry mail along postal routes -- in Boyd's case, between Brooklyn and New York City. Elliott Perry suggested that Boyd's Brooklyn agent was Wellington Walton, who is listed in the 1846 city directory as an "express proprietor" at 195 Gold Street in Brooklyn. Walton & Co. City Express covers are dated as early as February 14, 1846, leaving a seven-month gap between Boyd's discontinuance and Walton's successor post -- possibly Walton did not start up until the next Valentine season. In early 1847, Walton sold out to Henry Kidder, whose "Kidder's Brooklyn City Express Post" oval handstamp is recorded as early as Mar. 11, 1847 (reference: Calvet M. Hahn, "Brooklyn City Post 1850's"). Kidder operated the post with the help of Isaac and George Snedeker, who were brothers. Kidder sold out to the Snedeckers in 1851, and the post continued under their ownership until 1854 when it was sold to others.
The Kidder's 93L1 stamp was issued during Kidder's ownership and used after the Snedekers acquired ownership. It is believed that the first Brooklyn City Express Post stamp (28L5) was issued by the Snedekers. Beginning about 1850, the Kidder's stamps were initialed "IS" (sometimes "YS") for Isaac Snedeker. The initials were applied to sheets before use and are not cancellations. (Reference: Donald S. Patton, The Private Posts of the United States, pp. 265-268).
Scott value $4,500.00
FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED STRIPS OF THREE OF THE 25-CENT BLUE VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS STAMP ON COVER. AN IMPRESSIVE 1861 ISSUE AND PONY EXPRESS COMBINATION FRANKING.
This is one of only two recorded strips of three of the 25c Blue Virginia City Pony Express stamp on cover. It is a remarkable artifact of Western Express postal history.
We record only four covers bearing multiples of the Wells Fargo & Co. 25c Blue, as follows:
1) Strip of 5 plus one, February 25, 1863, "Edwards" (Grombacher) Collection, Christie's sale, 10/29/1991
2) Strip of 3, February 20, 1863, ex Mitchell (Sale 859, lot 199)
3) Strip of 3, February 15, 1863, ex Gross and the cover offered here
4) Pair, February 19, 1863, ex Kramer.