This is a wonderful circular that was put out by Abbot-Downing Company on the company’s Eighty Fifth Anniversary of an order they shipped to Wells, Fargo & Co. It shows the shipment being sent by railroad and the steam locomotive that hauled it from their manufactory in Concord, Massachusetts to Omaha, Nebraska. It is a wide view with all 20 carloads captured in the photo.
There is actually a color painting this photo is taken from. I believe it resides in Wells Fargo Museum.
The shipment was made on April, 1868 to Wells, Fargo & Co., to the Terminus for Union Pacific Railroad at Omaha, Nebraska consisting of 30 Mail Coaches, 4 Carloads of Repairing Material, and Harnesses for the entire outfit. It was sent on a special train and conductor to Omaha in 7 days. Stagecoaches were still needed to travel between train terminal and outlying areas.
The image below has above the photo the following caption: Compliments of the ABBOT-DOWNING COMPANY. and in red letters: ESTABLISHED 1813
There are seven lines beneath the photo. I will separate by semi-colon the lines: SHIPMENT MADE BY THE ABBOT-DOWNING COMPANY. ; CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE. ; APRIL, 1868. ; TO WELLS, FARGO & CO., TERMINUS UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD. ; 30 Mail Coaches, 4 carloads Repairing Material, and Harnesses for the entire outfit. ; Special train and conductor to Omaha in 7 days. ; This last line is in red: 1813.– EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS. — 1898.
This item measures 8 1/2″ x 6″ and is on thin paper. It was produced in 1898 to commemorate the eighty-five years the company had been in existence up to that time (1813-1898)
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