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AUCTION 20

76. [MAP]. UNITED STATES. POST OFFICE. POSTMASTER GENERAL (William L. Wilson). VON HAAKE, A. [Oval Post Office logo showing post rider, train, steamship and telegraph lines] Post Office Department. United States of America. “With Celerity, Certainty and Security.” [title] Post Route Map of the States of Kansas and Nebraska Showing Post Offices with the Intermediate Distances and Mail Routes in Operation on the 1st of September, 1895. Published by Order of Postmaster General William L. Wilson under the Direction of A. von Haake, Topographer P.O. Dept. [inset map at upper right] Counties of Jackson, Mo. and Wyandotte, Kan. [table at lower left] List of Counties in Kansas... List of Counties in Nebraska.... [Washington, 1895]. Lithograph map on two separate sheets of wove paper, original outline color (counties and some mail routes). Neat line to neat line: 108 x 133.5 cm (overall). Folded into pocket covers (15 x 10 cm), original black cloth, Map of Kansas, Nebraska lettered in gilt on upper cover, both covers blind-embossed. Pocket covers fine; map fine except for small splits along a few folds with minor losses (expertly reinforced).

     A very large-scale map with a key at lower left (Explanation of Mail Service) that indicates routes marked in black (six times a week), blue (three times a week), orange (twice a week), etc. Because the map is such large scale, it includes an astonishing amount of detail, including water courses, roads, railroads, and all mail routes. This is one of the series of postal maps issued and updated over the years as postal service expanded across the United States. William Lynn Wilson (1843-1900) was Postmaster General from 1895 to 1897. ($750-1,500)

Sold. Hammer: $3,200.00; Price Realized: $3,760.00

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