Sale 1263 — The George J. Kramer Collection of U.S. & C.S.A. Telegraph Covers

Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Category — Telegraph Companies (Western Union & Group lot)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
56
c
Sale 1263, Lot 56, Telegraph Companies (Western Union & Group lot)3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11). Large margins to just in including right interpane margin with full guideline, small scissors-cut at bottom left in margin only, tied by "Madison Ind. Jul. 7, 1857" circular datestamp on orange cover with Western Union Telegraph corner card to South Hanover Ind., Very Fine and attractive, ex Richey (note by Ashbrook on back)

E. 200-300
375
57
c
Sale 1263, Lot 57, Telegraph Companies (Western Union & Group lot)3c Rose (65). Tied by target cancel with "San Francisco Cal. Jan. 31" (1867) double-circle datestamp on buff "Western Union Telegraph Company, Russian Extension" imprint cover to "Olympia Puget Sound W.T.", manuscript "per Steamer via (Astoria)" with bottom of directive cut off from opening and slight reduction at left, receipt docketing of Feb. 7, couple small edge tears

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE TELEGRAPH ENVELOPE PREPARED FOR THE WESTERN UNION "RUSSIAN EXTENSION" AND MAILED FROM THE EXPEDITION.

In Spring 1866 Western Union began construction of the Russian Extension telegraph line, which was intended to connect San Francisco and Moscow via Oregon, Washington Territory, British Columbia and the Bering Strait. In 1867 the project was abandoned upon completion of the competing transatlantic cable, resulting in millions of dollars in losses to investors (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian%E2%80%93American_Telegraph ) for a history of the project. This "Russian Extension" corner card is one of two examples known to us. The other was offered in our Sale 758, lot 673, and has the original letter on printed stationery datelined "Plover Bay, Eastern Siberia, Sept. 25th 1866" from Le Roy Foss, a member of the expedition (the cover is postmarked San Francisco, Nov. 13, 1866).

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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58
c
Sale 1263, Lot 58, Telegraph Companies (Western Union & Group lot)2c Brown, 3c Ultramarine (113, 114). Singles of each on buff telegraph corner card covers, 2c tied by quartered cork cancel with "Lancaster Pa. Sep. 30" circular datestamp on Western Union Telegraph cover addressed locally, small cover tear at top, Fine, 3c tied by segmented cork cancel with blurry strike of New York circular datestamp on Franklin Telegraph cover to Portsmouth N.H., stamp with corner crease, Fine

E. 400-500
225
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59
c
Sale 1263, Lot 59, Telegraph Companies (Western Union & Group lot)Substantial Balance of the George J. Kramer Telegraph Exhibit Collection. More than 65 covers, many with associated telegram enclosures, wonderful range of companies including many illustrated designs, starting with early 1850s and Morse Line; Atlantic, Lake & Mississippi Telegraph red circular datestamp with matching strike on letter; Wade's; Magnetic Telegraph Co.; American Telegraph Co.; Vermont & Boston' Annapolis Telegraph Co.; Maine Telegraph Co.; Morse & Bain; Speed & Wade; Western Union of course; others including a number of covers sent through the mails, additional sections showing the relationship between telegraphs and railroads, post-Civil War independent companies and more post-Civil War Western Union, also a few latter 19th century, exhibit-worthy condition, Very Fine and outstanding group from which an expanded collection may be formed, see our website PDF for a complete scan

E. 5,000-7,500
2,600
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