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Sale 103: The APS Auction

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State Postmarks - Arizona Expresses

Lots 619-626

Lot 619    

Fort Whipple, Arizona, Apr. 26, 1864. / By Military Express. }, red two-line handstamp at left on legal-size "Territory of Arizona, Office of the Governor" imprint cover to Washington D.C. with manuscript "Las Cruces N.M., May 14 /64" postmark and matching ms. cancelling 3¢ rose (65) pair and single, faults, prepaying three-times the 3¢ letter rate; edge flaws, Fine and rare use.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED RED STRIKE OF THE EXTREMELY RARE FORT WHIPPLE TWO-LINE MILITARY EXPRESS DATESTAMP.

Only one other example of this Fort Whipple Military Express datestamp is reported, also incompletely struck in black.

There is another Las Cruces N.M. use dated Apr. 30th 1864 (Dike Collection, Frajola sale 18, lot 443) with a descriptive letter headed "Fort Whipple, Arizona" that mentions "We have no mail facilities and … have to send out an express".

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Current Opening Bid: $950

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Lot 620    

Pacific Union Express Co., Yuma, A.T., blue "Yuma, A.T." cds and matching with target cancel 3¢ pink (U58) entire with red "Pacific Union Express Co." printed frank to Auburn Cal.; reduced at left with small repair top left, otherwise Very Fine and rare use, ex-Birkinbine.
Estimate    $1,500 - 2,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED PACIFIC UNION EXPRESS FRANK USED FROM ARIZONA TERRITORY.

Pacific Union Express briefly expanded their service territory to Yuma. Their office was located in the Hooper & Whiting Mercantile Company Store.

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Current Opening Bid: $725

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Lot 621    

Wells Fargo & Co. Express, Mexican Route, double-strike of blue oval with blue "Paid" oval handstamp and pencil "2/-" bit (25¢) express rating on paste-up cover to from J.C. Truman back to his wife in Binghampton N.Y., endorsed "pr W.F. & Co Express to San Francisco Cal" at top left, paste-up 3¢ green entire with printed "Wells Fargo & Co." paid frank, some staining, otherwise Very Fine Wells Fargo paste-up use.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

J.C. Truman traveled through the Southwest in 1874. He resided in Tucson as Director of the Arizona & New Mexico Express Co. He traveled southward to Guaymas on the Gulf of Mexico. This was to study the establishment of the Arizona & Sonora Railroad. Letter to J.C. Truman's wife via Wells, Fargo Mexican Route via San Francisco back east.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 622    

Wells, Fargo & Co's Express, Nogales, A.T., purple oval cancels 2¢ brown entire with printed "Wells, Fargo & Co's Express" frank, unaddressed paste-up, entered U.S. mails with 2¢ green (213) tied by "Benson, Ariz. Dec 13" duplex, New York "P.O., 10-25 82" cds, fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 623    

Wells, Fargo & Co's Express, Phenix, A.T., slightly indistinct oval cancels 2¢ red brown entire with printed "Wells Fargo & Co's Express" frank to Benson, A.T.; repaired paper loss at left, Fine appearance, The only recorded Wells Fargo use with the "Phenix" town misspelling.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Lyman Jilson was the Wells Fargo agent of Phoenix, Maricopa County 1880-84.

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Current Opening Bid: $190

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Lot 624    

Wells, Fargo & Co., Phoenix. A.T., violet oval on 3¢ green on amber entire with printed "Wells, Fargo & Co." frank with pretty purple ink address to San Francisco Cal., fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Lyman Jilson was the Wells Fargo agent of Phoenix, Maricopa County 1880-84.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 625    

Wells, Fargo & Co's Express, Tombstone, A.T., Jul 5, 1886, violet oval datestamp cancels 3¢ green entire with printed "Wells, Fargo & Co." frank to San Francisco, Cal.; entire restored at right, Very Fine and choice strike.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Henry M. Ellsworth was the Wells Fargo agent of Tombstone, Cochise County from 1883 to 1885.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 626    

Wells, Fargo & Co's Express, Williams, A.T., black on orange express label affixed on reverse of legal-size cover from Williams, Arizona Terr. to Prescott, Ariz., red manuscript "Pd 25¢" express rating, purple "Clerk of Board of Supervisors, Jan 19, 1885, Yavapai Co., Arizona" receipt cds, docketed as "Bond not approved" for F.H. Mac. Comber as Constable of Williams due to not qualifying in time; some repair label and cover flaws, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Current Opening Bid: $240

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Lots 619-626

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