Sale Number: 970
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The David L. Jarrett Collection of Propaganda Covers

Railroad Propaganda
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
94 c 10c Green, Ty. V (35). Tied by "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 10, 1859" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Amesbury Mass. with "Per Overland Mail Stage, Via Los Angeles. In hope of the [railroad]" illustrated railroad propaganda design on front and "What Cheer House" building facade on back, with original enclosure on "What Cheer House" hotel advertising lettersheet giving lengthy details about hotel, datelined San Francisco, Oct. 7, 1859, from a mining prospector

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS RAILROAD PROPAGANDA DESIGN. ONE OF THE GREATEST OF ALL CALIFORNIA ILLUSTRATED COVERS.

Illustrated in Letters of Gold (p. 285) and Chronicle (No. 220, p. 313). Ex Brown, Brooks, Haas and Grunin. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 15,000-20,000 21,000
95 c 10c Green, Ty. V (35). Well-centered, corner crease and small tear at bottom right, tied by "San Francisco Cal. Mar. 5, 1860" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Boston with "By the Overland Stage via Los Angeles! Hurrah! But we must have the [railroad] illustrated railroad propaganda design, depicting Californians waving passing locomotive, Hutchings & Rosenfield imprint, small piece of backflap missing

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING HIGH-QUALITY EXAMPLE OF THIS SCARCE RAILROAD DESIGN.

Ex Dale-Lichtenstein. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 3,000-4,000 5,500
96 c 10c Green, Ty. I (31). Two bottom-row position singles, each with extra wide bottom margin showing full shells (the defining characteristic of Type I), tied by "San Francisco Cal. May 9, 1859" circular datestamp on cover to Newark N.J. with "Overland Mail, Via Los Angeles" illustrated railroad propaganda design, part of backflap removed, Very Fine, an attractive and scarce railroad propaganda cover, rare with the two 10c Type I stamps, ex Hall (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-3,000 4,000
97 c 10c Green, Ty. V (35). Well-centered, tied by "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 23, 1859" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Lowell Mass. with "Per Overland Mail Stage, Via Los Angeles. In Hope of the [Railroad]" illustrated railroad propaganda design, fresh and Extremely Fine, ex Jessup, Pearce, Haas and Grunin (Haas paid $1,000 for this cover in the 1971 Rarities sale) (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-3,000 6,250
98 c 10c Green, Ty. V (35). Dark shade, tied by perfect strike of "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 26, 1859" circular datestamp on cover to Stockbridge Mass. with "Overland Mail, Via Los Angeles" illustrated railroad propaganda design, locomotive in ornate oval frame, neatly docketed, Extremely Fine, one of the finest examples of this scarce design, ex Haas and Grunin, with 1988 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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99 c 10c Green, Ty. V (35). Bright color, tied by "Napa City Cal. Feb. 18" circular datestamp on cover to Rutland Vt. with "Per Overland Mail, via Los Angeles" illustrated railroad propaganda design, McNeil & Dudley (Napa City) imprint, "Lipman's Adhesive Despatch Envelope" colorless embossed seal on flap, small repaired tear at top left and stamp is faulty at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THE McNEIL & DUDLEY RAILROAD PROPAGANDA DESIGN CONTAINED IN THE LEVI RECORDS OF WESTERN ILLUSTRATED COVERS.

Ex Beals (Image Magnifier)

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100 c 10c Green, Ty. V (35). Dark shade, tied by "Sacramento City Cal. Sep. 20, 1859" circular datestamp on cover addressed in blue to Liverpool N.Y. with "Per Overland Mail Stage, Via Placerville, In hope of the [railroad]" illustrated railroad propaganda design with Chorpenning Route designation, E. B. Davidson of Sacramento imprint

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE RAILROAD PROPAGANDA ENVELOPE PREPARED FOR THE CHORPENNING ROUTE.

This is an extremely rare use of the Chorpenning Route railroad propaganda envelope during the period when the route was operating. A few other examples are known used later, after the contract was cancelled.

Ex Hall (Image Magnifier)

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101 c 10c Green, Ty. III (33). Deep shade, tiny perf flaws, tied by bold "Folsom City Cal. Jun. 14" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Marshall Mich. with "Overland, via Placerville" Chorpenning Route illustrated railroad propaganda design, depicting locomotive, coal car and three passenger cars, "Published by JULIUS JACOBS, Post office Literary Depot, FOLSOM, Cal." imprint below train

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS RAILROAD PROPAGANDA DESIGN, WHICH HAS THE "VIA PLACERVILLE" CHORPENNING ROUTE DESIGNATION. A FABULOUS WESTERN COVER.

Folsom City is located between Sacramento and Placerville. Its proximity to the Chorpenning Route warranted the production of envelopes with the "via Placerville" route designation. However, these envelopes must have seen very limited use, because all are rare, and this cover is the only known example of this particular design.

Illustrated in Letters of Gold (p. 285). Ex Wiltsee, Jessup, Haas and Grunin. (Image Magnifier)

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102 c 10c Green, Ty. V (35). Well-centered, rich color, tied by "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 7, 1859" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Bath C.H. Va., illustrated railroad propaganda design with "Per Overland Mail via Placerville and Salt Lake. Hurrah! But we must have the [locomotive]" slogan and Chorpenning Route designation, Hutchings and Rosenfield imprint

EXTREMELY FINE. AN IMMACULATE EXAMPLE OF THIS EXCEEDINGLY RARE WESTERN RAILROAD PROPAGANDA DESIGN WITH THE CHORPENNING ROUTE DESIGNATION.

Fewer than eight examples of this railroad propaganda design are known to us with the "Via Placerville and Salt Lake" Chorpenning Route designation. The same design is more common with the "Via Los Angeles" Butterfield Route designation. This is one of the two finest of the known covers bearing stamps.

Illustrated in Letters of Gold (p. 283). Ex Lehman and Grunin. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 7,500-10,000 18,500
103 c 10c Green, Ty. V (35). Two, deep shade, manuscript cancels (one tied), "San Luis Obispo Cal. Apr. 30" circular datestamp on light buff cover to Enfield Center N.Y. with red "Putt's Overland Envelope" satirical railroad propaganda design, two small cuts of horse-drawn stagecoach, text mocks unreliability of U.S. overland stagecoach route -- "Overland by Uncle Samuel's Celebrated Mule Railroad Line--Established in 1858"--back has lengthy printed song lyrics for "The Pacific Railroad", vertical fold, slight edgewear

VERY FINE. A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE "PUTT'S OVERLAND ENVELOPE" AND UNIQUE WITH THE TWO 10-CENT 1857 ISSUE STAMPS.

The different "Putt's Overland Envelopes" were published to promote the cause of building a railroad to replace the stagecoach mail route. All of the text on front and back is a sarcastic celebration of "Uncle Sam's Great Mule Railroad."

Ex West, Jessup, Pearce and Haas. (Image Magnifier)

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104 c 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Top right corner rounded, tied by "Sutter's Creek Cal. Dec. 17" double-line circular datestamp on buff cover with blue Putt's Overland Envelope" satirical railroad propaganda design, two small cuts of horse-drawn stagecoach, text mocks unreliability of U.S. overland stagecoach route -- "Overland by Uncle Samuel's Celebrated Mule Railroad Line, Established in 1858"--back has lengthy printed song lyrics for "The Pacific Railroad"--addressed to Brigham Young at Salt Lake City, receipt docketing "Dec. 7 1861"

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED "PUTT'S OVERLAND ENVELOPE" ADDRESSED TO BRIGHAM YOUNG, MORMON LEADER AND FORMER GOVERNOR OF UTAH TERRITORY.

The different "Putt's Overland Envelopes" were published to promote the cause of building a railroad to replace the stagecoach mail route. All of the text on front and back is a sarcastic celebration of "Uncle Sam's Great Mule Railroad." This design is much rarer than the deisign in lot 103.

Illustrated in Letters of Gold (p. 283). Ex Parker, Haas and Grunin. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 4,000-5,000 8,500
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