1901 Pan American 1¢ - #294
'Fast Lake Navigation'
1¢ - Green and black or dark green and black
Scott #294 - 1901
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
Scott #294a - 1901
600-700 know byt only 25-30 used copies exist
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.|
Issued: Introduced on May 1st, 1901. Earliest documented use is the same date.
Plate Size: Sheets of 200 subjects (2 panes of 100).
Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving
Watermark: Double lined USPS watermark.
What you should look for
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.
The Inspiration for the Design
This photograph of the
Essay for the vignette
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
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