Lot 809Centennial R.P.O., Phil'a, Pa., Sep 27, 1876, rimless cds (Bomar P76-03) and "B.H. Farquhar" straightline on railway facing slip with printed "IOWA." direction and "Note Errors and Return all labels to J Jameson, Asst Supt R.M.S., Centennial Branch Post Office, Philadelphia.", Very Fine and rare.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED STRIKES OF THIS RARE CENTENNIAL EXPO RAILROAD POSTMARK.
The five recorded strikes comprise two on facing slips, one on cover and two on postal cards (one faulty).
Lot 810Office of the Contractors of the Union Pacific Railway Co., Eastern Division, printed 1863 letterhead enclosure with interesting content "…wrote the last letter while in the Army of California. I resigned from the Army one year ago. I left for N. York last February and reached Kansas last September and think I shall get as Iowa by next spring … I am now engaged in the office of the R. R. Co. heading this letter. We have some 1,000 hands to work and pay them $1.50 per day, cash, every 30 days. Very good wages for the western country. I worked T. G. Hovey for 75 cents per day when there. I now get $75 per month and boarded, some better. I am promised the 2nd train as a conductor, if I will remain on the road…", original yellow cover with "Wyandotte Kas. Dec 7" cds to Fairbanks Ioa., manuscript "Due 6c" rating; barely reduced at right, Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 811Penna. R.R. Co., Northumberland, Pa., Aug 4, 1875, bold blue oval date stamp tying 1873, 3¢ green on "P. & E." imprint cover to Towanda, Pa., with original Pennsylvania Railroad letter head enclosure letter written on "Foreign Coupon Tickets" form, additional strikes of date stamp on reverse of cover and enclosure, Very Fine.
Scott No. 158 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 812R. & C. R.R., Columbia, Feb 3, 69, double strike of arc & straight line date stamp tying 1861, 3¢ rose on cover to Ephrata, Pa., Very Fine, a rare Reading & Columbia railroad postmark; with 2015 P.F. certificate. Scott No. 65.
Towle No. 188-S-1 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 813(Utica, N.Y.) Railroad, straightline handstamp and matching red "Utica, N.Y., Aug. 2" double-oval and manuscript "10" rating on folded letter datelined "Fonda, July 31, 1832" to Rome N.C.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 814San Francisco Cal., Paid, Apr 23, magenta exchange cds on blue 1869 folded letter to Liverpool, England bearing 12¢ black, E grill (90) tied by fancy radial cancel, endorsed "pr Overland Mail", carried by NGL Line Donau from New York May 6th to Southampton arriving May 17th, red London Paid (5.17) transit cds, Liverpool (5.17) arrival backstamp; some soiling and stamp with small internal crease, F.-V.F. and interesting content; with 2020 P.F. certificate.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Excellent transcontinental railroad content, "…Great events are expected on the completion of the Pacific Railroad which will be in about 20 days. The 1st train through the United States is looked for on July 4th, which will be the occasion of a grand jubilee." The railroad's completion would come only 17 days later with the ceremonial spike at Promontory on May 10th.