1935 1¢ National Parks Souvenir Sheet
Special Printing with gutter #769
El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California
NATIONAL PARKS - YOSEMITE CROSS GUTTER BLOCK
Scott #769 - 1935
Value for a cross gutter of block of 24 (shown below)
No postmark with gum (MH): $20-$30
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $40-$50
Note: If you have any pairs or blocks of this issue with a gutter in between,
it is definitely #769. The #751 sheets were already cut apart, so no gutter copies exist on that issue.
If the sheet or pane has gum then it is #751.
A cross gutter block of 24
A sheet contains 20 copies of #769
A first day cover of #769, dated October 15th, 1935
El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California - source photograph for the design
The National Park Service was invited to submit photographs for the National
Park series, each park having a selection of two or three photographs for the
Bureau of Engraving to choose from.
Photo Essay using the photograph submitted
by the National Park Service as the vignette
Harry Peckmore produced a series of fine prints using the engraving on the stamp as the foundation for his work
El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California.
James Farley, Postmaster general at the time
The 1934-35 issues are known as the 'Farley's'
and had many imperforate varieties and souvenir sheets
specifically targeted at stamp collectors.
James Farley stands to the left of FDR, a keen philatelist