Boyd's City Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Green
Glazed (20L1). Full even margins, bright shade, cancelled by red "Free", impression ties thru paper, matching "Boyd's City Express Post, Jul. 1 9 O'C." framed datestamp on 1844 folded cover to Garner & Co., 31 Pine St., New York City,
sender's directive "Pullen & Co.'s Express" at top left, receipt docketing "CH & J Merritt, June 29, Ans July 1st", probably Charles H. Merritt and Jacob Merritt of Troy N.Y.
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED INDEPENDENT
MAIL COVERS WITH THE BOYD'S CITY EXPRESS POST LARGE EAGLE & GLOBE FIRST ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED PULLEN & COMPANY'S EXPRESS COVER.
Boyd's City Express Post made a smart strategic move when it first started in June 1844 by aligning itself
with the Independent Mail companies bringing mail to New York City. A fair number of covers show conjunctive service with Boyd's providing local delivery, but most of these have Boyd's handstamped markings, not adhesive stamps. This is the rare
exception. Docketing indicates that it was dated June 29, 1844, at Troy N.Y., a location serviced by Pullen & Co. At the time Major John A. Pullen and a partner, E. L. Stone, were operating an express between Troy, Saratoga Springs and New York City.
The letter was handed to Boyd's City Express and delivered on July 1. There is no indication of Pullen & Co.'s fee.
Illustrated in Abt's CCP series (Vol. 27, No. 4, p. 279) and the Independent Mails book. Ex Mason, Abt and Golden.
With 2000 P.F. certificate (Image)
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SOLD for $3,500.00
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