R25b 5 cent First issue, Adams Express cancel

$20.00

In 1839, Alvin Adams, a produce merchant ruined by the Panic of 1837, began carrying letters, small packages and valuables for patrons between Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts. He had at first a partner named Burke, who soon withdrew, and as Adams & Company, Adams rapidly extended his territory to New York City, Philadelphia and other eastern cities. By 1847, he had penetrated deeply into the South, and by 1850 he was shipping by rail and stagecoach to St. Louis.

Additional information

Scott Number

R25b

Condition

used, VF

Denomination

5c

Paper

thin paper

First Issued

November 20, 1862

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Adams Express, NY, May 1, 1866 handstamp

Scott Catalog Value

8.00

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