1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue
Indian Hunting Buffalo
4¢ - Orange or Deep Orange
Scott #287 - 1898
No postmark with gum (MH): $23-$35
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $70-$180
Issued: Introduced on June 17th, 1890. Earliest documented use, a first day cover from June 17th 1898
Plate Size: Sheets of 100 subjects (2 panes of 50)
Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving
Watermark: Double lined USPS watermark.
What you should look for
The orange ink, like most orange inks of the period is prone to oxidation, if possible avoid these and go for the bright orange examples
The Inspiration for the Design
The design was obtained from a drawing fom Captain S. Eastman 1854 'Information Respecting the History, Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States, titled, 'Buffalo Chase' A copy of the original text and drawings can be found in the Library of Congress and Indiana University.
The original engraving
A later adaptation produced for the Sholastic Series of textbooks
The Trans-Mississippi Exposition focused on First Americans
Varieties to look for
The Essay's and Proofs
A Smithsonian Mineral Display featured at the Exhibition
Unlike the Columbian Exhibition of 1892 this was a little dry in its
content, the First Americans turned out to be the only major attraction.
Nevertheless, attendance numbers exceeded expectations, thanks
to the great rail service extended to lonely Omaha, Nebraska.