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Transpacific Mail

Lots 1060-1065

Lot 1060    

(Via Tehuantepec) 1859 (May 4) Yankee Jims Cal. to Burlington Vt., orange cover bearing 10¢ green, type II (32), small flaws, tied by bold "Yankee Jims, Cal. May 4" cds, endorsed "Via Tehauntepec"" as required for carriage; reduced slightly at right, Very Fine, ex-Kramer, Walske; signed Frajola.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

A SCARCE "VIA TEHUANTEPEC" FROM CALIFORNIA TO THE EAST COAST.

In October 1858, a route was contracted as 8162 from San Francisco to New Orleans using a mixed steamboat and overland route via the Tehuantepec Isthmus in Mexico. Contracted at $250,000 for 12 months with twice a month service. The course of the route was by steamboat to either Acapulco or Salina Cruz, then overland by mule to Suchile, then by river boat to Minatitlan on the Caotzacoalcos River and then by steamboat to New Orleans, La. The route was little used as the section over the mountain range by mule created a long transit time. The total revenue collected for the route was just $5,276.66 and the route was not renewed in 1859. From October 1858 to March 1859, the "Quaker City" was used on the New Orleans to Minatitlan portion of the route. A total of 28 covers endorsed as going "Via Tehuantepec" are recorded in the census.

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Lot 1061    

(Transpacific Mail) 1869 (Dec. 30) Yokohama, Japan to Providence R.I., gray folded letter datelined "Yokohama 30th Decbr 1869" endorsed "via San Francisco" bearing 10¢ green, F. grill (96) tied by Yokohama chop (Frajola YOK-Can4), carried by PMSS America from Yokohama Jan. 1, 1870 to San Francisco arriving Jan. 23rd, sharp "San Francisco Cal. Jan 24" arrival cds, Very Fine.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

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Lot 1062    

(Transpacific Mail) 1870 (May 9) Yokohama, Japan to Kingston N.Y. via San Francisco, cover bearing 10¢ yellow (116), well-centered, minor gum toning around perfs, tied by quartered cork cancel (Ishikawa Ty. Va) duplexed with partial Yokohama cds, endorsed "P.M.S.S Co. Str. Great Republic" at top left, "San Francisco Cal., Jun 15" entry cds, engraved crest on flap; small repair at top right corner of cover, otherwise Very Fine, ex-Ishikawa.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

Original matching enclosure with engraved crest that no longer accompanies datelined "U.S. Flag Ship Delaware, Yokohama May 9th, 1870" mentions arrival of next mail in Yokohama on May 22nd and discussed U.S. plans for Queen Victoria's birthday regatta on the 24th.

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Lot 1063    

(Transpacific Mail) 1876 (May 13) Hong Kong, China to Stratham N.H., light gray Wingate correspondence cover bearing Hong Kong 8d orange buff (13, SG 11) tied by "B62" barred oval, red crayon "4", endorsed "p City of Peking" at top left, partial magenta "San Francisco Jun 11" entry cds, Very Fine.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

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Current Opening Bid: $190

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Lot 1064    

Hawaii, 1867 (Dec. 10) Honolulu, Hawaii to Pembroke Me. via San Francisco, light buff cover with bold strike of red "Honolulu, U.S. Postage Paid, Dec 10" (HON US34) cds on cover bearing U.S. 10¢ dark green (68a), deep shade, tied by cork cancel duplexed with partial "San Francisco Cal. Dec 24" cds, red "Hawaiian Steam Service" oval handstamp; cover skillfully repaired edge tears and back of cover reattached, Very Fine appearance, ex-Advertiser, with Ashbrook notes and signature on back.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

A SCARCE HAWAIIAN STEAM SERVICE USE CARRIED ON THE 2ND CONTRACT STEAMSHIP TRIP.

Cover carried on 2nd contract trip by NPTC "Idaho" from Honolulu Dec. 10th to San Francisco arriving Dec. 23rd. Entered the mails with San Francisco Dec. 24th for forwarding by transcontinental railroad. The red crayon "10" rating indicates the required U.S. 10¢ postage steamship postage from Hawaii.

References: Illustrated and discussed in Fred Gregory's Hawaii Foreign Mail to 1870 as fig. 17-87 on p. II-232, and Census #8 on p. III-3.

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Lot 1065    

Hawaii, (Via Panama) Hawaii, Honolulu, U.S. Postage Paid, Oct 8, clear full strike of red cds (MH 236.05) on orange cover to Westfield, Mass., carried by British Frigate Amphitrite from Honolulu Oct. 4th to San Francisco arriving Oct. 28th, "San Francisco, Cal., Nov 1" cds and matching large "Paid Ship 8" handstamp, carried by PMSS California from San Francisco Nov. 1st to Panama arriving Nov. 17th, then by US Mail S.C. Co. Illinois from Chagres Nov. 19th to New York arriving Dec. 3rd, manuscript "Dec 5th/53" receiver docketing at left, Very Fine and choice, ex-Kramer, Walske.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

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