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Western Americana Postcards, Vintage Photographs, and Stocks Ready for March 4th Auction

Holabird Western Americana Collections is proud to present their next auction coming March 4th, 2017. They have prepared an eye popping 900+ lots for online bidders from around the world to chose from. Included in this sale is a large collection of Nevada, California, and Colorado postcards, of which half are RPC’s. A great collection of Colorado stock certificates is also found throughout the online catalog. In addition, here are some of the great categories available and all pieces are priced to sell quickly at great value for all bidders.

World’s Fair/Expositions
WF/Express

Stock Certificates
Gold Rush
Photographs
Ephemera

Railroad

Stock Certificates
Passes
Photographs
Ephemera

Steamship

Stock Certificates
Passes
Photographs

Mining

Stock Certificates
Passes

General Americana

Stock Certificates
Postcards
Numismatics
Photographs
Presidential
Firearms
Books
Maps
Ephemera

Lot 1017 is a beautiful American Express Company Stock Certificate with Homer B Hawkins Signature. Opening for only $400, the full catalog description is as follows: American Express Company, no. 3674 to Homer B Hawkins for 5 shares on October 14, 1859. Strong Fargo, Butterfield and Holland signatures, Hawkins was the chief clerk of the Overland Mail. In 1860 (the year after this certificate) he was charged with embezzlement from the Pony Express of $13,000. (Prag collection) City: State: New York Date: 1859 ID# 33065″. A high resolution photo is available for viewing and download from the online catalog.

One of the stunning postcards of the auction is highlighted at Lot 1653. This postcard is an amazing Early Reno Bridge with full provenance. As detailed in the online catalog: “This blue tinted cyanatype postcard of the old (first) iron bridge over the Truckee River in Reno. The old wooden Riverside Hotel is on the other side of the bridge. Back says, “This is a bridge that I helped to put across the Truckey [sic] River. It spans 198 feet. Fabulous! Mislabeled ‘Truckee’ on front. There is one stain on right and a series of pin holes on upper right. (Prag collection) City: Reno State: Nevada Date: ID# 44040”. Even better, the auctioneer has set this beauty to open up for only $50.

Holabird has detailed descriptions and photos for all 900+ items in the catalog. Bidders are encouraged to register early and email or phone the auctioneer with any questions. On auction day, it will run a fast pace so pre bids are highly recommended to ensure a winning bid. The live auction opens on Saturday March 4th, 2017 at 8AM Pacific Time.

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