1901 Pan American 10¢ - #299
'Fast Ocean Navigation'
10 ¢ - Yellow brown and black or dark yellow brown and black
Scott #299 - 1901
No postmark with gum (MH): $27-$50
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $90-$190
Introduced on May 1st, 1901. Earliest documented use is
the same date, example shown below. There were no inverts.
Sheets of 200 subjects (2 panes of 100).
A full pane of 100
The Bureau of Printing and Engraving
Double lined USPS watermark.
8¢ registered fee + 2¢ standard postal rate = 10¢ usage
Registered cover paying 8¢ registration fee + 2¢ postage
it paid the registration rate at the time.
What you should look for
What you should look for
As with all stamps of this issue be on the look out
for the expo cancel, a samples of which can be seen below.
All the stamps from this series (#294 to #299) had the IR overprint or
the Specimen overprint. All are scarce and have a value of around $500 each.
Examples are shown below.
IR Overprint (overprinted due to shortage of revenue stamps in Chicago)
The Specimen overprints in the three known varieties
Patriotic covers are much less scarce than registered covers,
however they both command the same price of about $80-$100. T
he story of the USS Maine can be found here
The Inspiration for the Design
Photo of the St Paul of the American Line Steamship Co.
(subject of the stamps design)
The St Paul (pictured in the stamp) was, on August 8th, 1896, the fastest
vessel to cross the Atlantic, completing the journey in 6 days, 0 hours and thirty minutes.
She was an immigration work horse (see record of sailings) and many of our European ancestors
travelled on this ship to settle in our country. Two years later, in 1898, the St Paul and her sister
ship the St Louis, were commissioned by the US Navy as auxilary Cruisers for use during
the Spanish-American War, her name being changed to the 'New York'.
The ship was not only the fastest, it was one of the most Luxurious, built and
subsidised by the US Government to compete against the dominance that the Curnard
Line had at the time. It was a great source of pride at the turn of the Century
that the top two cross-atlantic records were held by the St Paul and her sister ship.
It might be noted that the ships were built by Harland and Wolf in Belfast, Northern Island, in the same location as the Titanic
To give you an idea of the luxury of the St Paul here are some photos from a promotional booklet.
The Library of the St. Paul
The Salon of the St. Paul
A cabin of the St. Paul (the beds were attached to the floor)
The deck promenade of the St. Paul
The First Class Dining Saloon of the St Paul
The Second Class Dining 'Saloon' of the St Paul
Varieties to look for
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
Pencil Drawing Essay
Tracing paper on thin card
Photo reproduction of pencil Drawing
On photo sensitive paper
Large Die Proof on white wove paper
block sunk on 203 x 152mm white card
Large Die Proof on india
block sunk on 200 x 150mm white card
Page from the Roosevelt presentation album
the full set of small die proofs
Small Die Proof on wove paper
The Postal department issued a selection of postcards for the exhibition
these designs were taken up by the various exhibitors.
A souvenir ticket for the Pan-Anerican Exposition