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The Allan Goldberg Collection of United States Postal History continued...

Overland Route
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
64 c image3c Dull Red (26). Wide straddle-pane margin at left, tied by "Fort Smith Ark. 13 Jan." (ca. 1859) circular datestamp on cover with 4-Horse Stagecoach and "Via Visalia & Los Angeles" banner corner card, endorsed "Telegraphic" and addressed to the National Telegraph Office in St. Louis, ms. "pd 35c" for telegraph fee, minor soiling and cover fold at bottom

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE VISALIA AND LOS ANGELES STAGECOACH ENVELOPE IN CONNECTION WITH A TELEGRAPH DISPATCH FROM ST. LOUIS.

According to Thomas J. Alexander, "Reporters along the Butterfield Overland Mail Route carried information concerning events in the West. At the first telegraph office, the information was transmitted to newspapers in the East. When the Butterfield operations began, the National Telegraph Office in St. Louis was at the terminus, not only of the route, but also of the furthest westward extension of any telegraph line. Later, the wire was extended to Springfield, Missouri" (http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/statepostalhistory/Missouri- Western_Frontier.pdf). This stagecoach envelope was undoubtedly used by one of the news reporters to mail a telegraphic message from Fort Smith Ark. to St. Louis, where it could be sent electronically from the National Telegraph Office. The Alexander article illustrates two envelopes with similar printed addresses, which bear 3c 1857 stamps but were not postmarked because they never entered the mails.

Ex Baker, Grunin and Piller (Image)

E. 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $5,750.00
Will close during Public Auction

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