• Mining expert and historian Ernest A. Wiltsee (1862-1947)
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Wiltsee Collection panels 31-40

2019-03-20T13:56:52-08:00
Posted on March 18, 2019

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In 1883, Wells Fargo hired engraver Eleanor P. Gibbons to design a special “frank” for company envelopes sent to Hawaii. Wells Fargo was one of the few express companies operating in Hawaii at the time.

No. 183 Unused Wells Fargo cover for service in Honolulu, Hawaii, with an illustration of a steamboat.

No. 184 Unused Wells Fargo cover for service in Honolulu, Hawaii, with an illustration of a steamboat.

No. 185 Unused Wells Fargo cover for service in Honolulu, Hawaii, with an illustration of a steamboat.

No. 186 Unused Wells Fargo cover for service in Honolulu, Hawaii, with an illustration of a steamboat.

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In 1860, Wells Fargo opened its first office in Mexico. By 1900, there were more than 300 company offices throughout Mexico.

No. 187 Sent by Wells Fargo from Mexico to Judge McHenry in San Francisco, California.

No. 188 Sent by Wells Fargo in 1883 from Rembez Y. Bezaury from Chihuahua, Mexico, to Eduardo Vina in Nueva York (New York).

No. 189 Sent by Wells Fargo in 1901 to John Artus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from Mexico. It is also stamped from Avalon.

No. 190 Unused Wells Fargo cover for service in Mexico.

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No. 191 Sent by Wells Fargo. It contains a circular of the San Francisco Harbor and Port regulations written in 1854 by Robert Haley, the Harbor Master.

No. 192 Sent by Wells Fargo in 1852 to Daniel Towle in California. It was first sent to Sacramento and then forwarded to Ophir. It was sent by his wife, Electra M. Towle, who became the Post Master of Avon, Maine, when her husband left for California.

Reproduction of the San Francisco Harbor and Port regulations from 1854.

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No. 610 Sent from the Wells Fargo office at 82 Broadway in New York City, New York. It is addressed to Chips, also known as Pilsbury Hodgkins, in Chicago, Illinois.

No. 611 Sent by Wells Fargo from Los Angeles, California, to Benjamin Dean in Providence, Rhode Island, in the care of Dean and Levis.

No. 612 Sent by Wells Fargo from Victoria, British Columbia, to Mr. Alex Banks at the U.S. Hotel on Front Street in Sacramento, California.

No. 613 Sent by Wells Fargo to Messrs. A. A. Pond and Co. in Todds Valley, California.

No. 614 Sent by Wells Fargo from Michigan City to H. Roelke in Spanish Flat, El Dorado County, California.

Photograph of the Wells Fargo office in Folsom, California, 1930s.

Photograph of Michigan Bluff, California, 1930s.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were delivered by Adams & Co. Express.

No. 193 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express from Sacramento to W. W. Smith in the Comptroller’s Office in San Jose, California.

No. 194 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express from Marysville to Sacramento and forwarded to San Francisco, California. It was for Dr. William H. R. Wood, Acting Secretary of State for California. Letter enclosed is from William J. Barbour dated May 18th, 1852.

No. 195 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express from Grass Valley to Robert Henry in San Francisco, California. Letter enclosed is dated January 23rd, 1853.

No. 196 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express from Newark, New Jersey, to Sacramento, California, and forwarded to Mahlon D. Fairchild at Mormon Island.

No. 197 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express to J. W. Denver, Secretary of State, in Benicia, California. Letter enclosed is dated June 3rd, 1853, from Benjamin F. McDonald.

No. 198 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express from Murphy’s Camp to Stockton, California. Letter enclosed is dated May 2nd, 1854, from Rev. G. S. Phillips to his wife and daughters: Mrs. Elizabeth Phillips, Fannie Phillips, Sallie Phillips, and Minnie Phillips.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were delivered by Adams & Co. Express.

No. 199 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express from San Francisco to Major John Bidwell at the Post Office in Chico. California, in 1853.

No. 200 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express from San Francisco to Secretary of State J. W. Denver in Sacramento, California, in 1854.

No. 201 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express from Table Rock, California, to N. C. Wallis at Trout River in Franklin County, New York.

No. 202 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express from Sacramento to R. W. Brush in Stockton, California.

No. 203 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express from San Francisco to John McHenry in Nevada, California.

No. 204 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express from San Francisco to New York where it was forwarded to Daniel Gibb at 100 Queen Street, Glasgow, Scotland, in 1853.

No. 205 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express from Los Angeles to James Wilson, Attorney in Land Cases, in San Francisco, California.

Eleven printed Adams and Company’s Express stamps.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were delivered by Adams & Co. Express.

No. 206 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express from New York City, New York, to Robert R. Carrington, the purser on the steamship New Orleans in Panama in 1852.

No. 207 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express in San Francisco, California, to General George S. Nickols in Athens, New York.

No. 208 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express from Placerville to A. W. Bee in San Francisco, California. Inside is a letter dated December 2nd, 1853 from his wife.

No. 209 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express from Mokelumne Hill to P. V. Frazier at the Comptroller’s Office in Benicia, California, in 1853.

No. 210 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express from Ione Valley to Rev. G. S. Phillips in San Francisco, California.

No. 211 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Express Agency, Panama, to R. R. Carrington, the purser on the steamship New Orleans.

No. 212 Sent by Adams and Co.’s Southern Coast Express from Santa Barbara to Dr. Antonio Somellera in San Francisco, California, in 1855.

An Adams and Co.’s Express deposit certificate for Francis Doyle in Stockton in 1854 with an affidavit attached.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were delivered by Alta Express Co., Anderson’s Pony Express, and Anthony and Co.’s Express.

No. 213 Sent by Alta Express Co. to Messrs. Sneath and Arnold at 77 Front Street in San Francisco, California.

No. 214 Sent by Alta Express Co. from Forest Hill to Dr. J. Gates at 72 R Street in Sacramento, California.

No. 215 Sent by Alta Express Co to Eastman and Co. in Downieville, California.

No. 215a Sent by Alta Express Co. to Auburn, California, where it was forwarded to Mrs. Nancy S. Webster in Bethel, Vermont.

No. 216 Sent by Anderson’s Pony Express from Mountain City to Denver in Colorado, which was considered part of the Kansas Territory at the time. It was then forwarded by the Overland Mail to Mrs. James M. Dorlan in Downingtown, Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1859.

No. 217 Sent by Anthony and Co.’s Express from San Francisco to the John W. Denver, Secretary of State, in Benicia, California. Letter enclosed is dated June 11th, 1853.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were delivered by Anthony and Co.’s, Arizona and New Mexico Express Co., Aubrun Express, and Ballou’s Fraser River Express.

No. 218 Anthony and Co.’s Northern Express handstamp. This Express ran from Sacramento to Shasta, California.

No. 219 Sent by Arizona and New Mexico Express Co. to Mr. Lynd and Co. at 7th Street above Commerce in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

No. 220 Sent by Auburn Express to S. R. Winchill in Birmingham, Michigan.

No. 221 Sent by Ballou’s Fraser River Express from Fort Hope in British Columbia to New York where it was sent to Miss Caroline B. Pennyea, at Six Mile Run, Sommerset County, New Jersey.

No. 222 Sent by Ballou’s Fraser River Express from Fort Hope to Miss Eliza J. McClaskey in San Francisco, California, care of A. S. Edwards.

A postcard of Sutter’s Fort, California, 1930s.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were delivered by J. Bamber and Co.’s Contra Costa Express and Bamber and Co.’s Express.

No. 223 Sent by J. Bamber and Co.’s Contra Costa Express to N. C. Fassett on 92 Front Street in San Francisco, California.

No. 224 Sent by J. Bamber and Co.’s Contra Costa Express to N.C. Fassett on 92 Front Street in San Francisco, California.

No. 225 Sent by J. Bamber and Co.’s Contra Costa Express to James H. Foster in Oakland, Alameda County, California.

No. 226 Sent by Bamber and Co.’s Express from Oakland to Rev. George B. Taylor in Forrest Hill, Placer County, California.

No. 227 Bamber and Co.’s Express cover for R. Ashcroft.

No. 228 Unused cover with Bamber and Co.’s Express frank.

No. 229 Sent by Bamber and Co.’s Express from A. M. Church in San Leandro in 1863 to W. W. Chipman an attorney in San Francisco, California.

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