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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:May 22, 21
Edited on:May 22, 21
 
Postmark: circa Apr 4, 1878
Origin: Portland, Oregon, UNITED STATES
Destination: Walla Walla, Washington, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

"Portland, Oreg. Apr. 4" circular datestamp and quartered cork cancel on 1874 3c green on white Plimpton Issue postal entire (U163) to Walla Walla, Washington Territory, with corner card of "H. Reinhard, City Brewery, Portland Oregon" with overall orange-red scene of the Weinhard City Brewery located on West Burnside Street in Portland, showing surrounding gardens, orchard, houses and horse-drawn wagon.

In 1862 German-born Henry Weinhard (1830-1904) and partner George Bottler purchased the 10 year-old Liberty Brewery of Portland from Henry Saxer, and re-named it the City Brewery. Two years later Bottler sold out and Weinhard became the sole proprietor, and remained so until his death. By 1890, the brewery was the largest in the Pacific Northwest and had grown from producing 2,000 barrels per year to 40,000 barrels that year.

In 1887, Weinhard offered to pump free beer into the Skidmore Fountain in Portland for its dedication; however the city declined the offer due to the fear of rowdy horses. The brewery he built remained in operation until 1999. Since 2000, it has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In that same year, construction began to reuse the property as a multi-block, mixed-use development known as the Brewery Blocks.

This Portland postmark is Whittlesey type 12, recorded used from 18 April 1876 to 10 July 1879, so this is a circa 1878 use.

Owner's ID: 2455
 
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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