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1935 3¢ Byrd Expedition Souvenir Sheet
Special Printing with gutter #768

768 Scotts - US Postage Stamps
Map of the world showing Byrd's Expeditions
Issued for the National Stamp Exhibition

3¢ Dark Blue
BYRD EXPEDITION CROSS GUTTER BLOCK
Flat Plate Printing - Imperf
Scott #768 - 1935

Value for a cross gutter of block of 24 (shown below)
Used: $30-$40
No postmark with gum (MH): $30-$35
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $55-$65

Note: If you have any pairs or blocks of this issue with a gutter in between,
it is definitely #768. The #735 sheets were already cut apart, so no gutter copies exist on that issue.


A cross gutter block of 24

A sheet contains 25 copies of #768

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

Map of Byrds Expedition

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