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1901 Pan American 1¢ - #294


'Fast Lake Navigation'
1¢ - Green and black or dark green and black
Scott #294 - 1901

Value
Used: $0.40
No postmark with gum (MH): $2-$8
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $10-$27



1¢ -Green and black
Center inverted
Scott #294a - 1901
600-700 know byt only 25-30 used copies exist

Value
Used: $6,000-$15,000
No postmark with gum (MH): $4,500-$15,000
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): none exist


The Pan-American inverts were issued to four different post offices around the country. Around 600-700 are known to survive.

Statistics

Issued: Introduced on May 1st, 1901. Earliest documented use is the same date.

294 invert on cover
The unique example of #294a (the invert) on cover

Plate Size: Sheets of 200 subjects (2 panes of 100).

294 Pane US Postage Stamps
A full pane of 100

Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving

Watermark: Double lined USPS watermark.

Quantity Issued: 91,000,000, it paid the one cent post card rate at the time.

What you should look for

Vignette Shifts

Vignette shifts are much sought after by collectors, its almost a challenge to see how far you can find the vignette shifted out of the frame. Having said this the shifts do not add that much value to the stamp.


294 fast ship US Postage Stamps 1901

Vignette shifted to the left, the so called 'FAST BOAT' variety

294 slow ship US postage stamps 1901

Vignette shifted to the right, the so called 'SLOW BOAT' variety

294 sinking ship US Postage Stamps 1901

Vignette shifted to the bottom, the so called "SINKING BOAT" variety

The Inspiration for the Design


City Of Alpena
This steamship, 'The City of Alpena' was the ship portrayed in the design

This photograph of the
SS City of Buffalo of the Cleveland and Buffalo Line
was used to aid in the design

The theme of the 1901 stamps was modern navigation. The theme of the 1¢ stamp was fast lake Navigtion, referring to the small high speed steamers that plied between the great lake ports. Previously side wheel steamers had filled the role, they were unsuited to the tough weather conditions, in fact the previous "City of Alpena" was lost with all aboard in a storm in 1880. The Alpena was of a small size so it could navigate the St Lawrenece seaway and have access to New England and the maritime ports.

Varieties to look for


294 Invert Block
The largest multiple of #294a, with inverted vignette

294 ultramar
The Ultramar overprint

The Portuguese Ministry for the Colonies was originally supplied with 25 Specimen stamps. They overprinted the specimens with the "Ultramar" overprint, meaning "overseas", the stamps were distributed to the various colonies.

The Essay's and Proofs

294-E2

#294 E2
Essay on India
Reduction of Frame drawing

294-E2
#294 E2 variety
Essay on India
Reduction of Frame drawing

294 P1 US Proof Stamp

294 P1
Large Die Proof

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