1935 3¢ Byrd Expedition Special Printing #753
Map of the world showing Byrd's Expeditions with guideline
Note: The only difference between this stamp and #733 is that this
was issued without a guideline and #733 was issued with a guideline.
A guideline is a solid line running through where the perforations join.
3¢ Dark Blue with guideline
Flat Plate Printing - Perf. 11
Scott #753 - 1935
Value for blocks of 4 showing guideline (see example above)
No postmark with gum (MH): $8-$15
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $15-$20
Note: Covers (envelopes) with a gutter block of four used on them sell for around $100 each.
A pane of 50 of #753
A first day cover of #753 dated March 15th, 1935
The story behind the stamp
This stamp was issued for the interest of philatelists, and was not
widely on sale to the general public. The design was sketched out by one of the most
well known of all philatelists, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
President Roosevelt's sketch for the stamp. Signed by him
The stamp was issued to celebrate Admiral Byrd's second Antartic
expedition and as you can see from Roosevelts sketch it shows Byrd's previous
expeditions marked on the globe. Roosevelt drew this sketch in an attempt to
illustrate to the post office what he was looking for, the two designs that the post
office had submitted did not please him
The Post Offices original designs for the stamp (733-E)
The new design based on Roosevelt's sketch, the 25¢ value was later changed to 3¢.
The size and shape of the stamp was the same as the special delivery stamp but in vertical
format. This shape and size was to be used by the post office all the way up to the 1970's
Little America (shown on the map on the stamps design) was the name
given to Admiral Byrd's base camp. A post office special representative, Charles F. Anderson
was sent with five bags of mail to the camp, by ship, and dog sled, with the purpose of
cancelling the letters in the mail bag and sending them back to the US. The letters in the
bag were all from philatelists who had paid for this priveledge. Unfortunately the extreme
cold made the cancelling ink difficult to use, conditions were cramped and there was no storage,
plus it was difficult to keep the letters dry. Through sleeping only 18 hours in 16 days Anderson
was able to complete the task. A further five mail bags arrived and the same procedure was
repeated on a second cancellation.
The tent which served as the post office at the base camp, the little tent housed the mail bags.
Inside the tent, note the bundles of mail awaiting a cancellation lying on the desk in the foreground.
The cancelling device is in front of Andersons (L) hands
Three covers cancelled in Little America
First day cover for #733 dated October 9th, 1933
Map of Byrds Expedition