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Legends of Hollywood Series »

Legends of Hollywood is a series of stamps issued by the United States Postal Service. A different stamp is released each year and each celebrates a person from the American film industry. These first class stamps are sold by the sheet (twenty stamps) for a limited time. This series was featured in the Nov. 2011 USPS stamp collector catalog, USA Philatelic.

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Treskilling Yellow »

The "Treskilling" Yellow, or 3 skilling banco error of color (Swedish: Gul treskilling banco) (Gul=yellow), is a postage stamp of Sweden, and the most valuable stamp in the world.


Prince Consort Essay »

The Prince Consort Essay was a surface printed postage stamp essay, created in 1850 as an example of the surface printed stamps that Henry Archer proposed to print and perforate under contract with the British government at a lower price than the current printing firm of Perkins Bacon. The Prince Consort stamps were provided by Robert Edward Branston, from an engraving executed by Samuel William Reynolds.

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Penny Black »

The Penny Black, the world's first adhesive postage stamp of a public postal system, was issued by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 1 May...


Mauritius "Post Office" »

The "Post Office" postage stamps of Mauritius are among the rarest stamps in the world, and are of legendary status in the world of philately. Two stamps were issued, an orange-red one penny (1d) and a deep blue two pence (2d).


Penny Blue »

The Penny Blue is an unissued type of postage stamp of Britain. It is from a series of proof impressions which were made at the time Rowland Hill was looking at the new colours which were to be used for the stamps which were to replace the Penny Black and the original 1840 issue of the Two Pence Blue.

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2¢ Fast Express »

The 2¢ Fast Express is the second of six in the 1901 Pan-American Exposition Commemoratives series. This stamp portrays the "Empire State Express" out of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroads. The design honors a New York commercial venture. As with the one cent stamp, misregistration of the vignette was common, in fact more so on the two cent than on any others of the series. Shifts with the train well into the frame are known; "Fast" and "Slow" train varieties are popular among collectors. Inverts are known, but are not as common as the one cent inverts.

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5¢ Bridge at Niagara Falls »

The 5¢ Bridge at Niagara Falls is the fourth of six in the 1901 Pan-American Exposition Commemoratives series. This stamp portrays what was then the largest single-span steel bridge in the world, crossing Niagara Falls and linking the U.S. and Canada. Niagara Falls played an integral part of the World's Fair in Buffalo, and the hydroelectric power that it delivered turned on the spectacular "City of Lights", the most breath-taking display of electric light to date, and one of the highlights of the Fair.

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4¢ Automobile »

The 4¢ Automobile is the third of six in the 1901 Pan-American Exposition Commemoratives series. The stamp portrays an "Electric Vehicle Service," an illustration based on a turn of the century Baltimore and Ohio Railroad flyer. There has been some debate as to whether this stamp was the first U.S. stamp to depict a living person[citation needed]. It is argued that the 2¢ Trans-Mississippi stamp holds that distinction and there is merit in Gary Griffith's argument that the two men depicted in the "front" seat are both chauffeurs and that the man in the passenger compartment is actually the "first living man" depicted on a U.S. stamp - Samuel P. Hege. We advise the reader to use the link to the Griffith article for more on this fascinating subject.

1901 Pan-American Exposition Commemoratives »

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The 1901 Pan-American Exposition Commemoratives were a series of six stamps issued to promote the Pan-American Exposition World's Fair in Buffalo, New York, from May 1 through November 2, 1901. The series is a showcase of technological advances from the turn of the last century. Though identified as commemorative today, they were not considered "commemorative" in 1901. Most of these early stamps, like the Columbian and Trans-Mississippi Exposition stamps, were issued as promotional items. They were meant to reinforce the Exposition and World's Fair's purpose ---to highlighted the technical achievements playing a role in America's new, twentieth century.

1898 Trans-Mississippi Exposition Commemoratives »

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The 1898 Trans-Mississippi Exposition Commemoratives were issued to promote an exhibition, the "Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition" held in Omaha, Nebraska from July through November 1898. To promote the exhibition, this set of stamps was issued a couple of weeks before the event began. Sometimes this issue is referred to as the "Omaha Issue" or simply the "Omahas". The Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition was a world's fair held in Omaha, Nebraska from June 1 to November 1 of 1898. Its goal was to showcase the development of the entire West, stretching from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast. The Indian Congress was held concurrently.