Friday, May 1, 2009

The Holdup

Virginia City and Red Bluff Stage Coach Way Bill #78 - My largest yet. The Way Bill is dated March 31st, 1892. It measures 11" X 17". What is a Way Bill you ask? It is a register page for the company that lists passengers on the top half, and freight on the bottom half. There were no passengers carried on this date, which meant I would be obscuring no names. I wish I'd have taken pictures of it before it was framed and put behind glass. I did the art work for this once before on the number 10 envelope pictured above - on a commission basis. The cover was made using a stamp from a sheet that was later withdrawn from sale because the USPS used the wrong Will Pickett on one of the stamps. I have another way bill similar to this one, but haven't yet decided what I'm going to put on it.


  1. Grizzly story ... crime doesn't pay? Is it fact or urban legend? Agree photo would have benefited from no glass .......

  2. It is fact. They were pretty hard on George's dead body weren't they!?

  3. I liked this one too. It tells a story few people around these parts know anything about. I wonder why people don't decorate envelopes these days? I suppose computers and blogging have something to do with it.

    By the way, I used to be able to find some very interesting things on E-bay. It might be worth your time to try it there.