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Eastern Expresses - Union Line to Winslow's

Lots 1205-1214 Lots 1215-1219

Lot 1205    

Union Line Express, Cleveland Ohio, black on yellow label, used in conjunction with black on orange "Money Package by the American Express, Zanesville, O." label on yellow cover to Middleburg, Ohio, pencil "Ex 2/-" rating for 25¢ express fee, "$23.00" money letter endorsement; no flap, soiling and wear, small edge tear, F.-V.F. and scarce conjunctive use.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $270

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Lot 1206    

Union Line Express from Cleveland, black on dark orange label, used in conjunction with red on yellow "Money Package, Cleveland & Toledo Route, Per U.S. Exp. Co." label on light yellow cover to Hudson, Ohio, pencil "4/-" rating for 50¢ express rate, "$211.11" money letter endorsement; wear and soiling, F.-V.F. and scarce conjunctive express label use.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $130

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Lot 1207    

Union Line Express, Oneida, Ohio, black on yellow-orange label (Mosher ULNX-L12) affixed on orange cover to Ravenna Oh., manuscript "$215" money letter endorsement, "15¢ Paid" express rating; some docketing, label corner nick, Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $110

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Lot 1208    

United States & Canada Express, Fiske & Co., Brattleboro, Vt., large black on orange express label, some oxidizing, usd on orange buff legal-size cover with "Paid B" rating to Boston, Mass.; reduced slightly at right, F.-V.F. and scarce Vermont express label use.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Company was established by a circa 1855 merger of Fiske & Co. and Cheney & Co. Apparently it operated two divisions, one with Fiske & Co., proprietors, the other with Cheney, Fiske & Co., proprietors. Exact sequence of mergers for this tree of expresses is presently unknown because of lack of documentation and scarcity of 1840s covers.

Realized: $170

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Lot 1209    

United States & Canada Express From Keene, N.H., black on orange express label, used on "United States and Canada Express, Keene, N.H." corner card envelope to Fitzwilliam, N.H., Extremely Fine and choice.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $180

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Lot 1210    

United States & Canada Express From Potsdam Junction., Cheney, Fiske & Co., Proprietors., large black on green express label used on reverse of buff legal-size July 21, 1863 United States and Canada Express money envelope containing $164.00 from Potsdam Junction, N.Y. sent by railroad to Keeseville N.Y.; reduced slightly at right and corner nick, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $170

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Lot 1211    

United States Express Co. Via New York and Erie Rail Road., Hillsdale, Mich., black on green express label, some abrasion, used in conjunction with "American Express Co., Cleveland, Obio" black on orange express label ("Obio" error for Ohio) on buff cover to Westfield N.Y., "$20-" money letter endorsement; slight toning, F.-V.F. and scarce conjuctive use from Michigan.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Unites States Express Co. was established in the 1850s and expanded to serve much of the mid-west.

It appears that both labels have a similar border-style and therefore were produced by same printer.

Realized: $260

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Lot 1212    

Forwarded by the United States Express Co. From Leavenworth, Kan., black on green express label, used on 3¢ pink (U58) entire canceled by manuscript "May 2/61" date to Pittsburgh Pa., endorsed "Paid thru" at top left; wear and soiling, Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 1213    

Forwarded by the United States Express Co. From Springfield, Ill., black on green express label, tied by manuscript on orange buff cover to San Francisco, Cal., manuscript "Valuable Papers" money letter endorsement and red ms. "Paid $1.50" express rating, pencil "Mint" indicating address, Very Fine and scarce west-bound eastern express use.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 1214    

United States Express Co., From Tiffin, Ohio., black on green express label, used in conjunction with "Thompson & Co. Western Express, Albany" black on green label folded over edge on legal-size orange buff cover to Springfield Mass., "$500" money letter endorsement, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Thompson & Co. Western Express - Founded in 1844 by J.M. Thompson to operate between Boston and Albany via Springfield.

Realized: $160

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