I have recently swapped email with a
gentleman who dabbles in old
stamps, letters, documents, etc (stampless letter = prior
to 1847). He gave me permission to pass on the
following. If you want to contact him directly,
he's at firstname.lastname@example.org .
interested in historical cartography ought to toss him an email.
We also can supply Bear Grease,
pints($10 & 1/2 pints($5), rendered it
myself, from a buddy's Fall 1998 hunt. Used it to cook
flapjack during our 3rd season elk hunt. Plus it
has the other uses, waterproofing, axel
grease, slick your hair back, etc.
Recently got an old stampless letter
from 1831, In New Orleans rum was
1.25 a gallon, Whiskey 32c, and bear's oil 1.25. I can get
you a photo copy of the 2 page pricelist from Dec
31, 1831 I recently acquired. The mail route from
new orleans to Boston was loaded with prices
on all goods, furs, etc.
Colorado's Historical cartographer
Roy Parker, Buckskinner, Brewer,
Blacksmith and other "B"'s, including
SW Rendezvous info available at http://www.sat.net/~robenhaus