|Stamps - Postal History - Pre 1900|
Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions / The Westpex Sale - 25/04/2019 / Western Express Covers - Tracy & Co. Express / Lot 822
Tracy & Co., Oregon Express "Boise Express. Paid 50 Cts.", ribbon frank with printed two-line Boise Express at bottom left, on 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire cancelled by blue " Wells Fargo & Co., Bannock City I.T., May 5 " oval and additional strike over Tracy & Co. frank; addressed to "Frank Force of Butler Creek, Dalles, Oregon, Care of Mr. Scott of Rock Creek", trivial cover tear at top, Very Fine and choice, a very scarce usage of the Tracy & Co. Boise Express frank., Thomas No. TRA-007, TRA-600. Estimate $1,500 - 2,000. On November 16, 1863, The Oregonian reported: "Tracy & Co. have disposed of their express business between Portland and the Idaho mines to Wells Fargo & Co. for the sum of $3,000, conditioned that T & Co. not establish another line for six months…" The Bannock City oval handstamp on both the frank and the entire confirm that Wells Fargo was in total possession of this former Tracy line.