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Who is interested in seapost (US Seapost): I have to give away a part of my covers of the US Seapost (84 pieces). In the 54th auction at the auction house "Christoph Gärtner" (lot no. 7753).

Likewise: who is interested in postal stationery of the Panama Canal Zone: I am parting with my collection of these mint postal stationeries (about 150 pieces). Also in the 54th auction at the auction house "Christoph Gärtner" (lot no. 7641).

These lots are already online and can be found here. To the auction house Christoph Gärtner

The auction will be held from October 17 to October 21, 2022.

I am compiling a list of the voyages of the HAPAG ships between Hamburg and New York. So far I have finished the years 1869 to 1875 and they are available for download here: Schedule HAPAG, Hamburg - New York 1869 - 1875

New Covers in "Canal Zone RPO". And a new topic under "USA" - "FAM-5" and under "Canal Zone" - "Fort DeLesseps".

And the first new findings about the beginning of the "US Trans Pacific Sea Post"

Discovery?? at postmark of the "N. Y. & Canal Zone Sea post" - not "fake news" after all? (collecting areas->seapost->Canal Zone Sea post)

Hello! Nice that you have found to my homepage! I think that you are probably interested in philately, since this is in the domain. Then you are right here.

As you will quickly notice (almost) everything revolves around the USA. A large part around the sea posts (until 1941) and around the Canal Zone. An exception is the HAPAG. If you disregard the "Deutsch Amerikanische Seepost/US German Seapost", in which it was involved.

But it all started with HAPAG - I'm a citizen of Hamburg - and that was followed by the "US German Seapost". After some time I extended that to all US Seaposts. And a greater interest in the Canal Zone developed.

If you click through here, you will, I hope, discover one or the other interesting thing.
I hope you will enjoy it!
Letter with the Overland Mail from San Francisco to New York 1859

Postal stationary U18 of the USA. Mailed from San Francisco to New York, postmarked in San Francisco on September 5, 1859. No other postmarks present. Handwritten annotation "Per overlandmail via Losangeles" and in pencil "Rec.d Oct 1(?)".

On September 16, 1857, the Postmaster General signed a six-year contract with a consortium (Overland Mail Company), led by John Butterfield as president, for a mail route from St. Louis to San Francisco. This route, No. 12578, ran south, began at St. Louis and at Memphis, joined at Fort Smith, and ran through Fort Belknap, El Paso, Tucson, Fort Yuma, Los Angeles, Fort Tejon, Visalia to San Francisco. The contract went into effect on September 15, 1858. This mail route is also known as the "Butterfield Overland Mail."

[Correction]: here, I had mentioned the outbreak of the Civil War as the reason for the relocation of the route of the "Butterfield Overland Mail". This is not correct.
According to the book "The Overland Mail 1819-1869" (Chapter IX) by LeRoy R. Hafen, according to which, after long debates, a compromise was reached which met with the approval of the House of Representatives and the Senate. This "Post Office Appropriation Bill" became law on March 2, 1861.

It states that the route of the "Butterfied Overland Mail" (route number 12578) will be terminated no later than July 1, 1861, and will be used as a new route via the central route, via Salt Lake City.
Due to the fact that on March 1, 1861 seven states had passed secession ordinances and a southern confederacy had been formed, this "transfer" was only accelerated.[End of Correction]

On the San Francisco postmark date, a stagecoach of this Overland Mail left San Francisco. According to the timetable, the trip took about 24 days to St. Louis. Unfortunately, there is no arrival date noted for this trip. With the travel time of about 24 days, the letter should have reached St. Louis on September 29. From there, the mail was taken by rail to New York. According to the handwritten note in pencil, it reached New York on October 1.
Postage of 10 cents was correct from April 1st, 1855 for a distance over 3,000 miles. The prepayment was compulsory.

"Mails of the Westward Expansion 1803 to 1861", Steven C. Walske/Richard C. Frajola

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