Frajola World Covers


Steve Whitington Collection of Western Express Covers

Offered by Richard Frajola (Table of Contents and Ordering Instructions)



A. J. Oliver & Co's Bannack & Salt Lake Express City (1863 - 1866)

This express was organized by A.J. Oliver, E.A. Conover and Ed House in 1863-64 and operated under the name of A.J. Oliver & Company. They ran a line of stages carrying the U.S. Mail and passengers between Salt Lake City and Bannack City and into the mining camps of southwestern Montana. The line was sold to Holladay Overland Mail & Express Company in 1866.
 

A. J. Oliver, Bannock and Salt Lake City Express oval handstamp and boxed "T. D. Brown, Agent, G.S.L. City" (Great Salt Lake City) on cover to Murphy's Camp, California, entered the mails with 3c rose (#65) tied by Salt Lake City, Utah April 26, 1864 duplex postmark, cover minor edge flaws, the finest of the few reported covers from this express, ex Clifford

(stock #220, $12500)


Organ & Tibbitts Excelsior Express (1865 - 1868)

This express operated between Meadow Lake and the Excelsior District of California. It is reported to have operated between 1865 and 1868.
 

Organ & Tibbitts Excelsior Express rectangular frank on restored 3c pink 1864 issue entire to Dutch Flat. Caifornial, embossed stamp and corner added, illustrated in Nathan and in Letters of Gold, page 206, the only reported used example of this frank, ex Parker, Jessup, Haas and Edwards

(stock #221)


Oroville & Quincy Express Co. (1874)

This express operated briefly in 1874 between Oroville and Quincy, California. It also served Greenville, Crescent City and Taylorsville. It connected with Wells, Fargo at Oroville.
 

Oroville & Quincy Express Co., and Wells, Fargo & Co's Routes, Paid red and black, stagecoach illustrated  frank on 3c green 1870 issue entire to Meridian, Connecticut, entered the mails with manuscript "Cana Sep 21" (Butte County) postmark, eight reported examples of this attractive frank, ex Lichtenstein, Clifford, Beals and Edwards

(stock #222, $1750)

Oroville & Quincy Express Co., and Wells, Fargo & Co's Routes, Paid red and black, stagecoach illustrated  frank on 3c green 1870 issue entire used to San Francisco, conjunctive use with Wells, Fargo Oroville blue oval datestamp, eight reported examples of this frank, ex Lichtenstein (1944 sale), Barkhausen, Clifford and Jarrett

(stock #223, $2300)


Pacific Express Co. (Mar 1855 - Apr 1857)

Russell G. Noyes and other employees of Adams & Company formed the Pacific Express Company, following Adamsí failure in February 1855, with many of the old Adamsí offices becoming Pacific Express offices. The company failed after about two years and several members re-formed into Alta Express.
 

Pacific Express, Paid horseman illustrated frank, short hat type, on 3c red Nesbitt entire used to Todd's Valley, oval Pacific Express Sacramento Feb 19 datestamp, reduced slightly at left

(stock #313, $150)

Pacific Express Co., Paid horseman illustrated frank, with "Co." after name and shaded letters in "Paid," on 3c red Nesbitt entire used to Sacramento, red oval Pacific Express Sonora Jan 26 datestamp, reduced slightly at left

(stock #312, $350)

Pacific Express Co., Paid horseman illustrated frank in blue, with "Co." after name, on 3c red Nesbitt entire used to San Francisco, blue oval Pacific Express Sacramento Aug 28 datestamp, cover has been cut, opened out and silked, three reported examples in blue

(stock #314, $250)


Pacific Stage & Express Co. (1861 - 1864)

James McCue and Michael Rees operated this express between 1860 and 1864. It ran between San Francisco and Sacramento, to Virginia City, Nevada.
 

Pacific Stage & Express Co., Paid, printed frank, with six-horse stagecoach illustration and line of text at top that lists their principal offices in California and Nevada, this variant exists on westbound uses, on 3c pink 1861 issue entire used to San Francisco, entered the mails with Nevada City, California Oct 2 postmark, minor reduction at left, the finest of the four reported used examples of this frank, ex Dale - Lichtenstein

(stock #224, $4500)

 


Pacific Union Express (1868 - 1864)

On December 18, 1867 Pacific Union Express Company was incorporated in California with stockholders A. K. Grim and Lawrence W. Coe appointed as managers for the express on the West Coast with A. K. Tilton in New York. Grim was named President. When service commenced on June 1, 1868, it was announced to include express matter and letters by every steamer via Panama and similar service to Hawaii, China and Japan. The company was set up "on the Wells, Fargo plan" to compete with them. Service to Nevada and Arizona was begun in 1869. On December 1, 1869 the company discontinued operations and its business transferred to Wells, Fargo.
 

Pacific Union Express, Paid, red scroll franks on 3c pink 1864 issue entires, two covers, horizontal frank on cover to Wisconsin that entered the mails at San Francisco and vertical frank on cover to San Francisco that entered the mail at Colchester, Connecticut, minor edge fault on first cover

(stock #324 and 325, $250)

 

Pacific Union Express, Paid, black frank on 9c orange yellow 1864 issue, legal size entire to San Francisco, blue Pacific Union Express Co. New York September 16 datestamp, cover edge nick at top and partial flap, fewer than five examples of the black frank known all being east to west uses, the only reported example on 9c entire, ex Wunch

(stock #328, $1750)


Pauly & Nohrman's Express (1864 - 1868)
N. O. Pauly's Express (1868)

Nicholas O. Pauly and G. H. Norman (Nohrman) formed Pauly & Nohrman's Express to serve the mining camps along Gibsonville Ridge in 1864. In 1868 they parted and Pauly continued on the route under his name for a short time.
 

Pauly & Nohrmann's Express, Paid, boxed frank printed on 3c pink 1861 issue entire to Vernon, New York, entered the mails with La Porte, California March 18 double circle postmark and target cancel, repaired edge nicks, illustrated in Letters of Gold, page 210, ex Clifford, Haas and Edwards

(stock #225, $1500)

N. O. Pauly's Express, Paid, fancy boxed frank on 3c pink 1864 issue entire used to Mr. G. B. Taylor at Taylorville California, cover reduced at left and corner crease at top right, the only reported example of this style frank, ex Dale - Lichtenstein

(stock #215, $1500)

 
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Richard Frajola (July 2012)