In a recent post I mentioned that I had put aside a few items for further study. I present the attached one for any comments or observations.
I know the early 1860s was a period of interest in the postal history of California. The Wells Fargo oval cancels are well known in conjunction with the Pony Express. I'm also aware that Wells Fargo relationship to the Postal Service went beyond just the Pony Express as shown by this quote from Scott Trepel's 2005 treatise on the on the Pony Express stamps.In March 1861 the Overland Mail Company was authorized by Congress to run the Overland Mail route over the Central Route (effective July 1). The contract also included the Pony Express. Effective April 1861, a three-way arrangement between the Overland Mail Company, Central Overland and Wells, Fargo & Company evidently established Wells Fargo as managing agents of the Pony Express, with Central Overland maintaining operations between the terminus points.
Might this oval cancel on Scott U59 bear some relation to the complex postal history of the period? Your comments and observations are welcomed.