Lot 3292Truman & Chapman's Express. S.F. & S.J. Rail Road., illustrated train frank on 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire cancelled by manuscript "June 1st/65" to San Jose Cal., Very Fine.
Thomas No. TRE-600 Estimate $400 - 600.
Although J.C. Truman had begun an express in 1861, he took in a partner, Mr. Chapman in 1864. They operated between San Francisco and San Jose, with a messenger on the San Francisco & San Jose R.R., their operation was extended down the coast to Santa Cruz and Watsonville. The partnership was dissolved in January 1865 and this use of the frank is during the Truman & Co's Express period.
Lot 3293Truman & Co's Express, two examples of the steam locomotive train illustrated frank in blue and black on 3¢ pink (U59) buff entires, blue cancelled with manuscript "January 13th 1865" to San Jose and other addressed to Col. Warren editor California Farmer, San Francisco, a Very Fine pair.
Thomas No. TRE-001, TRE-001a Estimate $300 - 400.
James Christopher Truman carried on the express operation as Truman & Co. after Chapman withdrew in early 1865. Truman & Co's Express operated over the same route between San Jose and San Francisco. By 1869, Wells Fargo had gained control over all of the express business of this route.