1890 Adams Express Company Shippers' Guide "Comprising All Points in the World Reached by Express". 6" x 8.75". 182 pages, printed boards with cloth spine, illustrated with eighteen maps. This rare shippers' guide for the Adams Express Company lists 50,000 express offices and railway stations that the company served, including those in Canada. No location was too small for delivery by the company, including many mining camps and towns well past their prime, such as Bodie, California and Virginia City, Nevada. The company's shipping guidelines are printed on the inside front board, including one particularly interesting condition applied to the money and paid collections: "Never break the seals of any money package. Open the package at the end, and if not in good order, detain the delivery clerk, count the contents in his presence, and, if short, preserve every piece of paper, and the seals unbroken." The boards are moderately worn and soiled, the hinges are especially tender but the boards remain loosely attached, but the contents are sound and in very good condition. Though not as well known, this guide from Adams Express is rarer than similar guides from its Wells Fargo competitor.

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