AMERICAN EXPRESS COMP’Y
This concern was the consolidation of Butterfield, Wasson, Wells & Co and Livingston & Fargo.
Printed Frank. A rectangular frame with rounded corners 24 x 72 mm containing five cones of inscription. The larger part of the interior of the frank is made has a background of five parallel sonkal vealines. The inscription reads: “PAID” in white letters -“American Express Company”- in old English letters. On a small solid, red oval: “TO OR FROM THEIR OFFICES IN THE STATES OF”. Below on a white background: “PENNSYLVANIA, OHO, KENTUCKY, INDIANA, MICHIGAN – ILLNOIS, WISCONSIN, MINNESOTA, AND CANADA WEST” Color Red.
On the back of the envelope there is the following legend:
“It is agreed by the party purchasing or using this envelope, that the American Express Co. shall not be held responsible for any money or valuables enclosed or frowarded herein, and also that the extra charge, over and above the Goverment price for this envelope, is a consideration paid by the purchaser for the privilege hereby granted, of having the same and contents forwarded through the American Express Co. without further expense. The party purchasing or using this envelope also expressly assumes the duty of cancelling the Goverment Stamp hereon, by drawing a pen through the same crosswise, and of providing that the envelope and contents do not exceed one-half ounce in weight – and agree that, in case of failure to preform such duty, to be chargeable with and responsible for any and all loss, damage, or liability which the said American Express Co. or any other member or agent therein may incur by reason of such failure.
LIVINGSTON, FARGO & Co.,