|Envelope in which the bid was submitted|
|Copy of original coal bid document|
This piece is headed to the 37th Annual Invitational Art Exhibit and Auction at the Custer County Art & Heritage Center in Miles City, Montana. I've included a copy of the original so that the letter can be read, as well as the envelope which is also very interesting from several perspectives:
The letter is actually a bid submitted for coal to be used as fuel by Miles City for city resources. The envelope is a corner card for the Chicago, Milwaukee and Puget Sound Railway. What connection the railway had to the Roundup Coal Mining Company I have yet to discover, but I found it interesting that the offer is based upon a delivery price for fuel coal, by rail to any Miles City facility with a railroad siding.
The exhibit opens on August 18th, and the live auction will be held at the end of the exhibit on September 29th. There will also be a Quick Finish event at that time, and I'm playing!