Notes from the Past

Barnard's Caribou Express

Francis James Barnard, a native of the Canadian province of Quebec, formed an express company in British Columbia following the gold rush of 1858.

By 1867, he had absorbed the other local companies.

The express company used a primitive form of stamp that was of two main types, with a number of variations of each.  Although none carried a denomination, one type was inscribed "PAID" and the other "COLLECT."

The firm maintained an office in San Francisco and had a working arrangement with Wells Fargo and Co. 

- Kenneth A. Wood
This is Philately - Volume One A-F
Van Dahl Publications 1982
Posted June 26, 2000

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