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)
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).