News and Views. . .
When I hear the name 'Wells Fargo', I immediately think of
the stagecoaches that I have seen in so many Western movies.
Back in 1852 when travel on the west coast of America was slow
and dangerous, it was very difficult to do business. Henry Wells
and William Fargo saw the need for safe, fast financial services,
and Wells, Fargo & Co. was born. In the early days passengers, freight, and mail were carried by steamer, stagecoach, Pony Express, and railroad. Wells Fargo specialized in shipping gold and silver
from western mines, and by 1866 they became the largest Express Company in the American West.
Wells, Fargo & Co. also played an important role in the Canadian West in the 19th Century, particularly in colonial British Columbia. Pioneers, miners, and merchants all depended on them to communicate and conduct commerce with the outside world.
Over the years, Wells Fargo produced a wide variety of postal stationery. Their covers with printed franks, corner cards, and illustrations are very popular with collectors. You will find some very nice lots of Wells Fargo covers in this sale (see Lots 4423-59 and 4570/4589).
In August, my sons Chris and Scott represented Vance Auctions at the big APS show in Richmond, Virginia. They came back with very positive reports on the attendance and the quality of the show.
Shows of this calibre are a great opportunity for us to meet our customers because people come from far and wide. Chris and Scott enjoyed talking with collectors from a number of foreign countries as well as Americans from many states. While the internet provides a wonderful marketplace, it cannot replace the experience of a good stamp show.
This auction offers over 7,600 lots with a terrific range of material from all over the world. Whether you are looking for single stamps, sets, varieties, errors, postal history, coins, or collections, you will find it all in this sale.
Please mark October 12th on your calendar and note that the bidding ends on a Thursday (instead of our usual Wednesday). Bids are accepted by mail, telephone, fax, email, through our web site and through Stamp Auction Network. As usual, we will be here answering the phone until Midnight EDT on the closing date to assist you with your bids.