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    Posted 1 year ago

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    I know it's not technically a Wells, Fargo & Co. postcard (as it advertises the Fresno, Calif. general merchandiser "Kutner & Goldstein"), but it was sent via them "Through our California And Atlantic Express."

    I've seen this green 3-cent stamp on versions labeled 1850s, but the black 'PAID' stamp on 1860s-1870s examples whilst trying to figure out when this is from.

    Paper has a partial water-mark and real pen and barely visible blue-coloured cancel. Everything works out under the loupe.

    It's funny. I had walked into an antique store, found this almost immediately, but ignored the Wells Fargo piece as I was looking at the actual advertisement. Found it in a lot of postcards. Forefront of it all. I picked it up only for an early advertising postcard sent before the 1898 standardisation. I was thinking 1880s, not knowing the stamp! LOL.

    So.... can anyone put a date-range on this for under a ten-year period?

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    1. Meowman Meowman, 1 year ago
      fwiw, the earliest newspaper reference I find for Kutner & Goldstein is 1877
    2. SpiritBear SpiritBear, 1 year ago
      I had a similar issue, Meowman. But, I did find an 1880s reference to some man working for them for 20 years before moving on to some other company, so the possibility remains.
    3. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 11 months ago
      Cool Find!!I have never seen anything like this!
    4. SpiritBear SpiritBear, 11 months ago
      Thank you, Post-Card Collector. Neither had I, so I thought it was interesting enough to pick up.

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