Lot# 108 - Erivan Sale 1

  • Lot# : 108 Western Express Covers

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    Zack's Express Paid (Thomas ZAC-002), wonderful strike of the blue illustrated frank with messenger on skis at upper left of front mounted on an unused 3c Pink on buff entire (Scott U59), addressed to "Mr. Kleckner, Port Wine" (California.), front was opened irregularly at right into the indicia, Extremely Fine marking, Thomas census records three examples of this frank all on covers to the same address, pictured in Jesse L. Coburn's Letters of Gold (page 228)

    Provenance: Edwards Collection (Christie's Robson Lowe, 1991)

    An article by Floyd Risvold and James Blaine in the February 2007 Chronicle (Vol. 59, No.1) expertly details the history of Granville Zachariah's "snow-shoe express," which was first advertised on the last day of 1864. Regarding the design of this cover, they explain that "the central design for the frank, illustrating a mail carrier on skis, is apparently derived from a picture of John A. 'Snowshoe' Thompson that appeared in Hutchings' California Magazine in 1857." They speculate that this particular frank was prepared for the winter of 1865-66.

    Start Price : 250 USD
    Current Opening : 350 USD
    Hammer price : 2,800 USD