Scene from an unused pictorial envelope depicting San Francisco in the 1850's

"a cat had better be in hell without claws, than a man in San Francisco without money"

- 1850 letter from a disgruntled 49er


San Francisco Postal Markings (1849-1869)

Numerous postal markings were used by the SFPO from 1849 to 1869. See the links below for information on the various CDS, auxillary, service and other markings. Confused, overwhelmed or other!?  These pages may help.


The San Francisco Post Office in the early 1850's