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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Category — Western Telegraphs

Cat./Est. Value
Sale 1263, Lot 68, Western Telegraphs"Fort Churchill N.T. Aug. 18, 1861". Manuscript postmark with "Paid 10" on cover to Dewitt N.Y., missing part of top flap, Very Fine, Fort Churchill, which is 35 miles past Carson City, was completed in October 1860, it was the easternmost telegraph station for the Pony Express at that time and housed almost 2,000 troops, ex Baughman and Risvold

E. 1,000-1,500
Sale 1263, Lot 69, Western TelegraphsCalifornia State Telegraph. Buff illustrated cover addressed to Indian Valley, paste-up with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank on 3c Pink entire, the frank with manuscript "E.P. Smith 100-40 / 140.00", slightly reduced at right and telegraph cover side with some wear, Fine and remarkable combination probably sent in 1866, a likely scenario for this use was a telegram to Wells Fargo & Co. instructing them to forward $140.00 to an addressee at Indian Valley, by a person with credit known to Wells Fargo, the paste-up frank indicates that the draft was carried as instructed, accompanied by a similar such telegram dated June 26, 1863 but not original to this particular cover

E. 750-1,000
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Sale 1263, Lot 70, Western TelegraphsCalifornia Telegraphs. Five covers, including California State Telegraph (ASCC No. 267, Rarity 6), Georgetown, Paloma and Placerville Telegraph Co. (unlisted in ASCC, described by Kramer as only recorded example), Northern California Telegraph (ASCC No. 275, Rarity 7), Alta California Telegraph Co. blind embossing on cover to Vt. (ASCC No. 271, Rarity 6), last is cover with "By Telegraph Office, San Jose" handstamp (ASCC No. 266, Rarity 7), usual wear to be expected, Very Fine and attractive group

E. 400-500
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Sale 1263, Lot 71, Western TelegraphsDeseret Telegraph Company. Salt Lake Office. Imprint cover with "Deseret and Atlantic & Pacific Telegraph Co's, at Co-Operative Drug Store, west side Main Street" and "Telegraphic Communications with United States, Europe, and all points in Utah, including Little Cottonwood and Tintic Mines, also, with Pioche, Nevada", addressed to "Capt. Coa", expert restoration, Very Fine appearance and rare, the Deseret Telegraph Company was begun in 1866 to link Salt Lake City and other towns along a general north-south line, Mormon settlers supplied labor, food and transportation for the line, along with poles for about 1,000 miles of its length, they were allowed to buy shares of stock through the LDS Church, making this the first publicly owned U.S. telegraph company

E. 750-1,000
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