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The John Drew Collection of Arizona Postal History

Lots 631-638

Lot 631    

Casa Grande, Pinal Co., A.T., Jul 18, 1882, purple cds cancels 3¢ green entire with printed "Wells, Fargo & Co." frank to San Francisco Cal.; bit of flap missing and small top right edge tear, Very Fine.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

THE FINEST OF ONLY TWO RECORDED STRIKES OF THE CASA GRANDE TOWN CANCEL.

John C. Loss was the Wells agent (1882-1891) and postmaster for Casa Grande, Pinal County.

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Lot 632    

Hackberry, Arizona, Sep 4, 188, duplex cancels 3¢ green entire with printed "Wells, Fargo & Co." frank to Whitewater N.M., endorsed "Via Deming" at bottom left; roughly reduced at left and restored, Very Fine appearance.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Hackberry is a mining town that takes its name from the Hackberry Mine which was named for a hackberry tree in a nearby spring. Prospector Jim Music helped develop the Hackberry Silver Mine in 1875. Wells Fargo carried this cover to Hackberry and posted it to New Mexico via Deming. T.D. McQuigg was the Wells Fargo Station Agent on the A.T. & S.F line.

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Lot 633    

Holbrook, Ariz. Jan 17, 1883, double-circle datestamp with matching four-ring target cancel on 3¢ green entire to San Francisco Cal., small top edge tear, partial arrival backstamp, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

J.A. Field was the Wells Fargo agent (1883) of Holbrook, Novato County.

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Lot 634    

Kingham, Ariz. Oct 24, 1883, clear strike of double-circle datestamp with circular grid cancel on 2¢ vermilion entire with printed "Wells, Fargo & Co." frank to Mineral Park, Arizona Terr., endorsed "Via Needles & Kingman" at bottom left; reduced slightly at top and minor edge staining, Very Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

O.A. Shaw was the Wells Fargo agent (1883-84) of Kingman, Mohave County. The Santa Fe Railroad reached Kingman in 1883, and both the Post Office and Wells Fargo office opened that year.

Realized: $250

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Lot 635    

Prescott, Ariz., Apr 9, 1883, cds with cork cancel on 3¢ green (U163) entire with printed "Wells, Fargo & Co." frank to San Francisco Cal., Very Fine, Only 6 Known.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Lot 636    

Prescott, Arizona, May 20, purple double-oval datestamp on 2¢ green entire with printed "Wells, Fargo & Co's Express" frank to San Francisco Cal., two strikes of magenta "Wells, Fargo & Co., San Francisco, May 23, 1878" ovals, receipt docketing on reverse; reduced slightly at right with tiny spindle hole, Very Fine.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

Realized: $550

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Lot 637    

Tubac (Arizona Territory), straight line postmark (Meyers type 2) on 1¢ postal card to Tucson, A.T., reverse with interesting 1882 message "Please call at P.A. & Co. stage office and receive $4.00." referring to the Pedro Aguirre & Co. stage and express office, Very Fine.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE TUBAC, ARIZONA TERRITORY STRAIGHTLINE POSTMARK.

Pedro Aguirre & Co. operated stages and mail service from their headquarters in Tucson, Arizona to points south in Southern Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, as early as 1870.

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Lot 638    

"Tucson, March 29, 1868", datelined letter with "Territory of Arizona" letterhead signed "R.C. McCormick", Territorial Governor to Hon. M. McKenna at Fort Bowie, Arizona Territory letter with political content reads in part "Yours of 25, came by the stage, A precinct will be made at Bowie and now Anderson has promised in the neighborhood of 50 votes, perhaps more…the radicals have always fought me for my conservatism and generous treatment of the Democracy - Indeed many of them have long called me a Democrat…", Very Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Letter was carried by J.F. Bennett & Co. stageline from Tucson east to the Rio Grande Valley. Fort Bowie (1862-1894) was headquarters of the California Battalion during the Civil War.

The first Capital of Arizona Territory in 1863 was Fort Whipple in Chino Valley, May 1864 the territorial capital was moved to Prescott. In 1867, the capital was moved to Tucson for ten years and in 1877 moved back to Prescott.

Realized: $575

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