President James A Garfield (biography)
6¢ - Brown red
Scott #224 - 1890


Used: $1-$4
No postmark with gum (MH): $15-$40
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $60-$150

Issued: 22nd February 1890
Plate Size:
Sheets of 200 subjects (2 panes of 100)
Printer: The American Bank Note Company
Quantity Issued: Only 9,253,400 issued, an uncommon stamp.

Without them knowing it, the 1890 series was to be the American Bank Note Company's (ABN Co.) last printing of postage stamps.
Until the flag overun series of the forties all stamps after this series were to be printed by the Bureau of printing and engraving.

On the left is shown the detail of a stamp from the 1890 series, note the absence of a triangle in the top
left hand corner of the design. All the Bureau (after 1894) issues had a triangle cut into the design as shown on the right.

The earliest recorded example, May 8th 1890.

The source photograph of James Garfield is shown first, followed by the
Bureau of Engravings Master Die of the President, followed by the design used in the stamp.

224 Proof US Postage Stamps

Large die proof on india die sunk

Roosevelt Proof

Panama Pacific large die proof
Yellowish wove paper

224 TC1 US Postage Stamp Trial Color Proof

Large Die Trial Color Proof
On India, die sunk on card

224-p3 Scotts - US Postage Stamps
Plate Proof on India

224-p4 Scotts - US Postage Stamps
Plate Proof on stamped paper

224 TC6

Trial Color Proof
on wove paper

224 US Postage Stamp Trial Color Proof TC4

Trial Color Proof
Gummed Wove Paper
Olive Green