Gold Rush Steamers of the Pacific

Cover of Gold Rush Steamers
Adoption Amount: $250
Category: Build and Access the Collection
Location: National Postal Museum Library

Gold rush steamers of the Pacific

By Ernest A. Wiltsee. Lawrence, Mass: Quarterman Publications, c1976.

This book is a large-font reprint of the 1938 original. It was written by Columbia University graduate, mining expert, and California historian Ernest Abram Wiltsee, who was a collector of covers. (A cover is the name stamp collectors have given to what most people call envelopes.) The original limited-edition of this seminal work was only 500 copies; this copy plays an important and unusual role in the field of United States postal history. Gold Rush steamers carried people west to seek their fortunes, and also carried mail back and forth to loved ones in other parts of the United States and around the world. 

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