ALASKA PACIFIC EXPRESS CO.
Offices in Portland, Oregon, for forwarding letters to all places in Alaska that can be reached by sea. Express charge 10¢ plus 2¢ U.S. postage.
Wood cut. Ornamental rectangular frame 72 x 18 m. Horizontal lines have pointed projections forming a cross. Enclosed is a smaller rectangular frame 65 x 8 m. Background is formed of shaded lines on narrow white panel at top is the inscription PAID OVER ALL ROUTES OF THE; across the inside of the rectangle in white letters, ALASKA PACIFIC EXPRESS CO.
Paid Over All Routes – Alaska Pacific Express Co.
Alaska Pacific Express, Frank
Slate – on 1895-97 (Hartford Issue) 2¢.-green-white-13-
Die 86(B) used July 17, 1898
A NEW WESTERN FRANK
Since the gold excitement in the far North West has begun quite a few schemes have been adopted to furnish this out of the way part of the world with the necessary communications.
Most of the charges for forwarding letters are paid in coin through the various carriers, and only recently the first frank has made its appearance under the name of the “ALASKA PACIFIC EXPRESS CO.”. (A) corporation (which) has opened offices in Portland, Oregon, for the forwarding of letters to all places of Alaska that can be reached by sea, Dyea, Skaguay, St. Micheal, etc. For such letters a rate of 10¢ is charged, including 2¢ U.S. postage. The frank is very similar to the last design of the Northern Pacific Express Co., and has been printed on the 2¢ green current envelop. As far as we know the company is owned by the stockholders of the Northern Pacific Express Co.
(From Filatelic Facts and Fallacies, p.92, Vol. 5-6, 1896-8 ; April 1898)