The private expresses carrying British Columbia mails began during the gold rush, in the late 1850s, and continued into the early twentieth century. The reader/viewer will recognize many of their names, including Freeman & Company; Wells, Fargo; the Pioneer Fraser River Express; Ballou’; Kent & Smith’s; Jeffray & Company’s Fraser River Express; Barnard’s; the British Columbia and Victoria Express Company and Dietz and Nelson.
The main feature of “British Columbia Express Covers from 1858 to 1900″ is the showing of well described covers of these companies. Material from all of these expresses is shown. In addition to covers, there are way bills and labels used by many of companies. The period of private express mails in British Columbia ended around 1900. The British Columbia Express Company held the government mail contract to the Cariboo until the early 1920s
This exhibit garnered many awards over the years, culminating in the Grand Award and Myerson trophy at BNAPEX 1996 in Fort Worth, TX, and a Large Vermeil at CAPEX ’96.
102 pages, 8.5″x11”, B&W, Cirulox bound.