285 286 287 288 Marquette on the Mississippi Farming in the West Indian Hunting Buffalo Frémont on the Rocky Mountains 289 Troops Guarding Train 291 Western Mining Prospector 293 Mississippi River Bridge 290 Hardships of Emigration America’s Last 19th Century Series The Trans-Mississippi stamps of 1898 are among the scarcest and most desirable of all U.S. issues. They were created in conjunction with the 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, which was held to further the progress and development of natural resources west of the Mississippi. All the stamps are based on original paintings, photos, and drawings by artists like Frederick Remington. These stamps are considered by many to have the finest engraving of any U.S. stamps. The series was supposed to be twocolor but the Spanish-American War began in April 1898. The time and manpower needed for two-color printing was not available. A few months later, on December 31, 1898, distribution of the stamps was halted, and all unsold quantities recalled and destroyed. Today, the Trans-Mississippi stamps are scarce. In 1998, the stamps were reprinted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of their issue. This time, two colors were used as originally intended. See page 93. Scott Number Mint Used 1898 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPOSITION COMMEMORATIVES 285 1¢ yellow green............ $55.00 $4.95 286 2¢ copper red............... 35.00 2.00 287 4¢ orange..................... 200.00 32.00 288 5¢ dull blue .................. 200.00 22.00 289 8¢ violet brown............. 260.00 50.00 290 10¢ gray violet ............. 260.00 35.00 291 50¢ sage green............ 950.00 250.00 292 $1 black ....................... 2,000.00 875.00 293 $2 orange brown.......... 2,500.00 1,275.00 294 295 292 Western Cattle in Storm Most Beautiful U.S. Stamp? The $1 Western Cattle in Storm stamp is based on a painting called The Vanguard. In it, a powerful bull is leading the herd to safety from a snowstorm. Many collectors consider this one of the finest U.S. stamps ever produced, and it was included in the book The 100 Greatest U.S. Stamps. Pan-Am Commemoratives – First Stamps of the New Century In 1901, the Pan-American Exposition was held in Buffalo, New York. It showcased progress the New World had made during the 19th century and honored engineering and industrial achievements. A series of six stamps was issued in conjunction with the Exposition. 296 As a reflection of America’s fascination with Fast Lake Navigation Fast Express Automobile speed, half of the stamps have “Fast” in their title. In 2001, inverted varieties of the 1¢, 2¢, and 4¢ Pan-Americans were re-issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the stamps. See page 101. Scott Number Mint Used 1901 PAN-AMERICAN COMMEMORATIVES 294 295 296 297 298 299 297 Bridge at Niagara Falls Canal at Sault Ste. Marie Fast Ocean Navigation 298 299 10 1¢ green & black................. 2¢ carmine & black ............. $40.00 30.00 $4.25 1.95 4¢ red brown & black.......... 170.00 32.00 5¢ ultramarine & black........ 165.00 25.00 8¢ brown violet & black....... 185.00 65.00 10¢ yellow brown & black ... 245.00 30.00
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