Details For Cover ID# 28002

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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Jan 21, 19
Edited on:Jan 21, 19
Postmark: circa Jun 19, 1862
Origin: Contra Costa, California, UNITED STATES
Destination: Carson City, Nevada, UNITED STATES

"J. Bamber & Co.'s Contra Costa Express Paid" oval marking and blue "Wells , Fargo & Cos. Express S. Frco 19 Jun" double circle datestamp, conjunctive use, on 3c pink on buff entire (#U35) to Carson City, Nevada Territory.

John Bamber first advertised on July 12, 1858 as the only authorized Contra Costa express agent for daily and weekly newspapers, having purchased J.W. Hoag & Co.'s Contra Costa Express in which had previously held a partial financial interest. Bamber operated through the eastern San Francisco Bay region of present day Alameda and Contra Costa County. He had an exchange agreement with Wells Fargo that allowed him to operate throughout the area with little or no competition. An exchange of express material with Wells Fargo took place in San Francisco, as this cover demonstrates.

During the period that this express operated, the Contra Costa (Spanish: Opposite Coast) name refers to the town of Contra Costa, not the county of today. This town was located on the waterfront where the present day pier area of Oakland is now located.

Owner's ID: 2085
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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