ANTIQUES FOR SALE
Wells Fargo & Co."Santa Barbara Mission" Wagon Banner Lithograph, 1917.
This beautiful banner was the work of the famous artist, Adolph Treidler (1886-1981), who produced many WWI posters to support the war effort. He is especially known for his Bermuda travel-posters. Some of his posters can be viewed on Wikipedia.
Wagon Banners like this were pasted on Wells Fargo Day Wagons, much like pasting bills on billboards. These banners were replaced virtually every month, and few have ever survived. This lithograph was produced by Seiter & Kappes Litho Co., New York. (1904-1925).
ONLY TWO of these "Santa Barbara Mission" posters have ever surfaced. The other hangs in the Wells Fargo Bank History Museum in Los Angeles.
This one is in near-mint condition, and has been mounted and framed professionally in acid-free mats and UV-resistant plexi-glass.
The Wagon Banner alone measures about 55-inches wide by 35-inches high. The frame is 64-inches wide by 44-inches high.
No other Wells Fargo Wagon Banner is currently available to collectors!
Money Order Poster
Wells Fargo & Co.'s Express Saturn Money Order Poster, c1880.
Few collectors have a Wells Fargo advertising poster in their collections, because so few posters have ever survived.
These posters are seldom offered for sale in the market-place. They are real ARTWORKS from a bygone era -- valuable artworks, which were DESTROYED as the newer versions replaced them. To our knowledge, this is the ONLY ONE (c1880) that has ever surfaced.
This poster was the company’s attempt to gain the confidence and business of the CHINESE community in San Francisco. To the Chinese people in and around San Francisco in 1880, SATURN denoted GOOD WILL, GOOD BUSINESS, and PROSPERITY.
This poster is similar to the one on page 19 in the book, "Company Property ..." However, this poster is much OLDER, more ORNATE, and PRECISE in its lettering and presentati on of the planet.
It offers Money Orders in various denominations that are "payable at over thirty thousand places," (not only at company offices, but at banks, stores, and railroad stations).
This poster is in pristine condition -- it is mounted and framed with acid-free mats and museum-quality UV protective glass. The colors are vibrant.
The poster itself measures about 11" x 14", and the frame measures 18" x 21".
Wells Fargo & Co.'s Express "Golden Gate" Poster, c1892.
This colorful poster was proud to announce the sale of the company's new Series E Money Orders.
It pictures the sailing ships and steamers passing thru the Golden Gate, while a smoking Steam Engine rolls down the track.
ONLY TWO of these posters have ever surfaced, and this one is the better of the two.
It has been professionally mounted and framed in acid-free mats and museum-quality glass.
The poster measures 10-1/2" by 14-1/2". The frame measures 18" x 21".
San Francisco Harbor Photo, c1875.
Carleton E. Watkins probably stood on Telegraph Hill around 1865 and photographed this tranquil scene of three-masted ships in San Francisco's harbor. The steam-powered Oakland Ferry is seen, along with Yerba Buena Island.
Watkins went bankrupt in 1875, and his studio was acquired by Isaiah West Taber, who continued the production of photographs and stereoviews. This photograph is most probably Taber's period print of a Watkins negative.
Taber's studio was located at 8 Montgomery St., San Francisco, over the Hibernia Bank. His advertisement in the 1884 San Francisco Directory invited customers to "Ascend In Elevator." Apparently, Taber was doing quite well!
This is an ORIGINAL photo in heavy card stock. "B 862 San Francisco Bay" and "Taber Photo San Francisco" identify this one of many scenes around San Francisco. The 1906 earthquake destroyed Taber's studio and all his work. However, this one survived! Measures 7-5/8"" by 9-3/8".
Wells Fargo & Co. Express -- Money Orders Sold Here "WINDOW" Sign.
As early as 1903, and possibly earlier, Wells Fargo & Co. issued these signs to be posted at all Cashiers’ Windows in their banks and express offices.
This sign was issued as early as 1914, and is included in The 1914 Sign List that appeared in the Instruction Book To Agents And Messengers.
The Sign List entry describes it as a "16 Enamel 3-1/2" x 36" (Single Face)" sign, and is described as being used “on window ledges wherever money orders are on sale.”
It is also called a "Ribbon" sign by collectors today.
It was displayed in an office until mid-1918, and then discarded when the company was consolidated into the American Railway Express.
Very few window signs survived the ravages of time. This IS THE ONE pictured in the book, "Company Property ..." on page 131.
Issued December 1, 1912.
As early as March 1, 1877, the company offered a "Standing Reward" of $300 for the conviction of each highway robber.
Three hundred dollars in 1877 were worth about $6,000 in today's currency.
Standing Rewards drastically reduced the need to print Reward Posters for each individual highwaymen.
This poster was issued in this ORIGINAL FRAME and WOOD BACKING! It was displayed in an office for six years, and then discarded when the company was consolidated into the American Railway Express. How and why it survived is still a mystery.
The frame measures 14-1/4" x 18-1/4". The Foxing (stains) in the right and lower-right margins attest to its age.
This IS the poster that is pictured in the book, "Company Property ..." at top left, on page 107.
Railroad Train Order Case.
These wood and metal cases held the Train Order Blanks, which were interleaved with sheets of carbon paper.
Each shelf was stacked with a specific number of blanks. The minimum stack was for four copies -- one each for the Dispatcher, Station Agent, Train Engineer, and Train Conductor.
A Station Agent received train orders on the Telegraph Sounder. Then, he "typed" them out on the "Train Order Mill," which was an "all-caps" typewriter.
This Train Order Case measures 9-1/2" high by 10-1/2" wide by 12-1/2" deep. These are seldom seen, but one is a "must" for a collector of railroad depot items.
Western Union Telegraph Forms Box, c1900.
This box held the blank forms used by the public to fill out various telegrams.
The station agent would then use the "Telegraph Key" and "Telegraph Sounder" to transmit the message.
A blue-and-white enamel sign is always on the front of these forms boxes, but occasionally, one sees just the sign for sale.
Excellent condition. Best one known. Measures 4" x 10" x 9" high.
J.H. Bunnell Telegraph Sounder.
These classic aluminum and brass telegraph sounders clicked away the hours in thousands of railroad depots and telegraph offices throughout the USA for decades.
"N.Y.R.S. 2884 Inspected" is stamped on the bottom. Perfect working condition.
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