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California Penny Post Cover Census


The type 2 franks were
first issued on July 10, 1855. All are inscribed "to the Agent of the Penny-Post Co." or similar. There are several variant text imprints known. Subtypes as follows:

A. Paid 5 
B. Paid 7
C. Paid 7 (on 3c postal stationery)



Type 2A - Paid 5, "To Agent of the Penny-Post Co."


 

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#201, July 27, 1855 Knights Ferry to San Francisco, imprint at left lists four offices

#202, Sep 20 1855, New York to San Francisco, to the mails with Swartz local post adhesive, New York Ocean Mail postmark

#203, Mar 5, 1856, Hawaii 5c Missionary used March 5, 1856, entered mails in San Francisco with 3c Red tied by March 21 postmark, variant text "Box 5150" design printed for Noble & Haskell, also with additional text line at top


Type 2B - Paid 7 on non-government entires


 

#204, Aug 11, 1855 San Francisco local use by post office mail with 1c blue, addressed to Chamber of Commerce President, sent by Goodwin with his note on reverse: Mr Weller will please notice the address on this letter and in delivering it, establish a precedent from which he will not depart"

#205, Aug 12, 1855 San Francisco local use by post office mail with 1c blue, addressed to Chamber of Commerce Secretary, sent by Goodwin

#206, Aug 27, 1855 Stockton used with 3c Red to San Francisco

 

#207, Nov 19, 1855 Stockton used with 3c Red to San Francisco, Penny Post Stockton red handstamp

 

#208, 27 February 1856 Stockton to San Francisco, 7 type II printed frank, 3 adhesive printed "Agent of the Penny Post Co." address as well as Penny Post Company box number by mail from Stockton to San Francisco carried from Penny Post Company box at post office to S.W. Collins on Front Street by Penny Post the only one example of this style printed address with text prepared by Stockton merchant Collins

#209, May 6, 1856, Marysville to San Francisco with 3c Red


Type 2C - Paid 7 on 3c postal stationery
 

#210, Sep 17, 1855, San Jose to Morgan Hathaway & Co in San Francisco, "Copy-Right Secured" below frank and five office text at left, "To The Penny Post" above address

#211, Sep 18, 1855, San Jose to Morgan Hathaway & Co in San Francisco, "Sacramento" imprint corrected in manuscript, post office "Due 6" at top

#212, Apr 4, 1856, Sacramento City to Whiting & Co in San Francisco,

#213, Apr 4, 1856, Sacramento City to J.R. Lewis in San Francisco,

 

 

 

Type 2 - unused and faked

 

#X214,Essay with no room for government adhesive, "Care of the Penny Post Co." at bottom left

#X215, Essay, Stockton, Cal. printed address variant, "Care of the Penny Post Co." at bottom left, bogus address added out of period, stamp added and fake cancel (Adams Express out of business in Feb 1855), the underlying unused envelope possibly a printer's sample ("No 1").

#X216, Essay, Marysville, Cal. printed address variant, "Care of the Penny Post Co." at bottom left, address added out of period, stamp added and fake cancel (Adams Express out of business in Feb 1855), the underlying unused envelope possibly a printer's sample ("No 9") this design is known used (see #206 above)

#X217, Postage Must Be Prepaid Imprinted envelope (oversized?) apparently used by Goodwin to store evidence, noted "Fraud" at lower left

 

#X218, Postage Must Be Prepaid Imprinted envelope (oversized?) apparently used by Goodwin to store evidence, noted "Other Letters Detained" at lower left

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Richard Frajola (Aug 2013)