Details For Cover ID# 28201

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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Mar 16, 19
Edited on:Mar 16, 19
Postmark: circa Sep 14, 1865
Origin: San Francisco, California, UNITED STATES
Destination: Alvarado, California, UNITED STATES

1864 3c pink postal entire (#U58) with Bamber & Co.'s Express Paid printed frank (Thomas #BAM-001) with blue "J. Bamber & Co.s. Express S.F. Sep 14" 38mm double-circle datestamp to Alvarado, Cala. Ex-Herman Toaspern. This Express operated from July 1858 to July 1874.

John J. Bamber first advertised 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 he previously held a partial financial interest. Bamber operated throughout present day Alameda and Contra Costa counties. He had an exchange agreement with Wells Fargo that allowed him to operate throughout this area with little or no competition. An exchange of express material with Wells Fargo took place in San Francisco.

Bamber gave a brief interview in 1922 and reported that the express was run by him and his brothers. During the period that this express operated, the Contra Costa (Opposite Coast) name referred 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.

Old Alvarado is a former settlement in Alameda County, California. It is now part of Union City, 19 miles south of Oakland.

Owner's ID: 2136
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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