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1901 Pan American 8¢ - #298

298 pan american Scotts - US Postage Stamps

'Canal Locks at Sault de Ste. Marie'
8¢ - Brown violet and black or purplish brown and black
Scott #298 - 1901

Value
Used: $4-$13
No postmark with gum (MH): $18-$40
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $65-$130

Statistics

Issued: Introduced on May 1st, 1901. Earliest documented use is the same date, example shown below. There were no inverts.

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

298 sheet
A full pane of 100

Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving

Watermark: Double lined USPS watermark.

Quantity Issued: 4,900,000, it paid the registration rate at the time.

What you should look for

There is little variety and history to the issue, foreign destination fee for first class mail. As with all stamps of this issue be on the look out for the expo cancel, a sample of which can be seen below.

297 Exposition Cancel for Pan-Am exhibit

The Inspiration for the Design

297 Scotts - US Postage Stamps

Photo of the Soo Locks on the Sault Ste. Marie Canal, 1900

Both Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan and Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario have the canal travel through them. The Soo locks and the canal were considered to be an engineering marvel, It allowed the iron ore and pine lumber of the region to travel from Lake Superior and Lake Huron to the rest of the Great Lakes and then through the St Lawrence Canal to the Atlantic.

Varieties to look for

298 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

298-E5
#298-E4
Pencil drawing
Tracing paper on thin card

298-E5
#298-E5
India ink drawing
Die sunk on thick white card

298-E5
#298-E6
Photo reduction on Tan Paper
Die sunk on thick white card

298 US Proof Stamp

298-P1
large die proof on full card and mounted on cardstock


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