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Wells, Fargo & Co.'s Express
Messenger Twelve's Cap Badge & Seal
Engraved "German silver" cap badges were issued by employee number to each Messenger in the 1880's.
Therefore, the lower the number, the earlier the date of issue. No records are available
that identify these messengers, but Messenger 12 was certainly one of the earliest!
This Cap Badge is original!
However, because this photo has been published, this Cap Badge has been reproduced!
The A. G. Meier & Co. cap is pre-1918, size 7-1/4, but is NOT marked for Wells Fargo & Co.
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Each Messenger was issued a numbered Seal for use in sealing bags and packages. It was issued
Each Messenger filled his Sealing Lamp with alcohol, lighted the wick, and melted
the wax before applying his seal. This Sealing Lamp is typical of those used
"on the road" by all messengers, but probably was NOT used by Messenger Twelve.
This Sealing Lamp is NOT marked for Wells Fargo & Co.
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"Messenger Twelve," by James Lynn Bartz, is a 249-page fictional account of a slave trader, who is forced
into insolvency when his slave ships fail to return. Tracking them down, he travels to San Francisco
at the height of the Gold Rush, becoming entrapped in its frenzy and madness.
Following the line of avaricious gold-seekers into the hills of the Sierra Nevadas, he stakes his claim,
is attacked by assassins, loses his gold stake, and is forced to return from the hills. He is asked
to become a delivery messenger with a young company, Well, Fargo & Co.'s Express.
His new responsibilities place him on a path to face the assassins, and to protect his "Treasure Box,"
a young slave girl hidden in a wooden trunk.
This copy is signed by the author.
All four items: $5,000.
Vegetable Crate Label
This crate label is believed to be from the 1940's, and NOT pre-1918!
Wells Fargo & Co. of Arizona was one of the few subsidiaries of Wells Fargo & Co.
that was NOT merged into the American Railway Experess Co. in 1918.
These subsidiaries continued to do business well into the 1960's,
using the Company's original 1866 corporate charter.
Vegetable crate labels, with or without this "Call Card logo," were used to advertise the shipments
of produce that was grown in Arizona or Mexico. "Fargo Tomatoes" and "Selectos Mexican Peppers"
are two other examples. This label measures 6" x 9".
THIS IS THE LABEL THAT IS PICTURED in the book, "Company Property . . .", on Page 149 !!!
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Scott Arden's Railroad, Telegraph, & Express Co. Sales Lists
Over 160 ORIGINAL sales lists, from 1973 thru 1993, describing Dining Car China and Silver,
Locks and Keys, Lamps and Lanterns, Depot Clocks, Telegraph Keys & Sounders,
Advertising Signs and Drumheads, Wax Seals, and many Express Co. artifacts and relics.
MOST years are complete, with 12 or more issues on legal-size colored-paper.
Some years include fewer issues.
Twenty-plus additional issues from 1972-73 are only black-and-white COPIES.
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W F & Co Express Twenty-Five-Year Service Button
Service Buttons were introduced in 1915 to recognize years of "Faithful Service" to the company.
Using the "CALL CARD" design, all are basically the size of a U.S. dime,
although the longer the service, the fancier the button.
The 25-year buttons were fabricated and hallmarked
"14K", and "C.A. Winship", at the "Masonic Temple" in "Chicago".
A Gold Bezel can be purchased at a coin shop to convert the service button to an attractive piece of jewelry,
perhaps a lady's necklace, or a gentleman's watch chain.
Caveat: The Call Card disc separated from the base, and was repaired recently by a local jeweler.
A Five-Year Service Button -- $200:
Another Five-Year Service Button -- This one for $175:
And, a TEN-Year Service Button -- This one for $250:
W F & Co Express 1914 Official Directory
Directories were published as early as 1856. They listed the routes to destinations that were being
served by the company. "Official" Directories, with soft covers, were published in 1914, 1915, and 1916.
Directories are useful in determining the opening and closing of offices in various locations.
THIS IS THE DIRECTORY THAT IS PICTURED in the book, "Company Property . . .", on Page 56 !!!
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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".
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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 . . .", on Page 107 !!!
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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.
We remember the Village Depot, and the depot at Bosky Dell.
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.
Bunnell sounders are those most sought-after by railroad collectors.
Be sure and visit the Village Depot, and the depot at Bosky Dell.
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