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1901 Pan American 10¢ - #299

299 US Postage Stamps Pan-american series

'Fast Ocean Navigation'
10 ¢ - Yellow brown and black or dark yellow brown and black
Scott #299 - 1901

Value
Used: $4-$15
No postmark with gum (MH): $27-$50
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $90-$190

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).

299 pane
A full pane of 100

Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving

Watermark: Double lined USPS watermark.

Common Usage: 8¢ registered fee + 2¢ standard postal rate = 10¢ usage

299 cover
Registered cover paying 8¢ registration fee + 2¢ postage

Quantity Issued: 5,000,000, it paid the registration rate at the time.



What you should look for

There is little variety and history to the 10¢ 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

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.

299 - IR overprint

IR Overprint (overprinted due to shortage of revenue stamps in Chicago)


299 specimen overprint
299 specimen
299 specimen

The Specimen overprints in the three known varieties

299 cover
Patriotic covers are much less scarce than registered covers, however they both command the same
price of about $80-$100.
The story of the USS Maine can be found here

The Inspiration for the Design

297 Scotts - US Postage Stamps

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.

299 Steampship interior showing luxury travel - Scotts - US Postage Stamps
The Library of the St. Paul

299 Steampship interior showing luxury travel - Scotts - US Postage Stamps
The Salon of the St. Paul

299 Steampship interior showing luxury travel - Scotts - US Postage Stamps
A cabin of the St. Paul (the beds were attached to the floor)

299 Steampship deck showing luxury travel - Scotts - US Postage Stamps
The deck promenade of the St. Paul

299 Interior of St Paul
The First Class Dining Saloon of the St Paul

299 Second Class Dining Room of the St Paul
The Second Class Dining 'Saloon' of the St Paul

Varieties to look for

299 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

299-Essay

#299-E3
Pencil Drawing Essay
Tracing paper on thin card

299-Essay

#299-E4
Ink Drawing
On card

299-Essay

#299-E5
Photo reproduction of pencil Drawing
On photo sensitive paper

299-P1
#299-P1
Die Proof
Die sunk on card

299 proof
#299-P1 (var)
Samll Die Proof

299 P1
Large Die Proof on India

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