1976 13c State Flags: Montana

# 1673 - 1976 13c State Flags: Montana

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U.S. #1673
1976 13¢ Montana
State Flags Issue
 
Issue Date: February 23, 1976
City: Washington, DC
Quantity: 8,720,100 panes of 50
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: 11
Color: Multicolored
 

 

U.S. #1673 – The Montana flag pays tribute to the state’s mineral and agricultural wealth.
 
 
Montana State Flag
The trains pulled out from Dillon, Montana, in 1898, the first step of a voyage carrying the First Montana Regiment to battle. The United States and Spain were at war, and the First Montana was headed to the Philippines, a journey of 7,000 miles. The regiment's commander, Colonel Harry Kessler, felt the troops needed something special to distinguish them from other units. He privately commissioned a flag for the unit that showed the state seal, with 1st Montana Inft above the seal. 
 
The First Montana finally arrived in Manila 10 days after the city surrendered. During their tour they served in the Philippine Insurrection that directly followed the war. Upon their return to Montana in 1899, Kessler's flag captured the attention of the public. Six years later, the Montana state legislature adopted that flag as the official state flag, with the regiment's name removed.
 
The seal features a pick, shovel, and plow against a background of forests, fields, and mountains. The Great Falls and Missouri River are also shown. The scene represents Montana's mineral and agricultural wealth, which is reinforced by a banner that says Oro y Plata, or Gold and Silver. In 1981,the state legislature added Montana above the seal.

 

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U.S. #1673
1976 13¢ Montana
State Flags Issue
 
Issue Date: February 23, 1976
City: Washington, DC
Quantity: 8,720,100 panes of 50
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: 11
Color: Multicolored
 

 

U.S. #1673 – The Montana flag pays tribute to the state’s mineral and agricultural wealth.
 
 
Montana State Flag
The trains pulled out from Dillon, Montana, in 1898, the first step of a voyage carrying the First Montana Regiment to battle. The United States and Spain were at war, and the First Montana was headed to the Philippines, a journey of 7,000 miles. The regiment's commander, Colonel Harry Kessler, felt the troops needed something special to distinguish them from other units. He privately commissioned a flag for the unit that showed the state seal, with 1st Montana Inft above the seal. 
 
The First Montana finally arrived in Manila 10 days after the city surrendered. During their tour they served in the Philippine Insurrection that directly followed the war. Upon their return to Montana in 1899, Kessler's flag captured the attention of the public. Six years later, the Montana state legislature adopted that flag as the official state flag, with the regiment's name removed.
 
The seal features a pick, shovel, and plow against a background of forests, fields, and mountains. The Great Falls and Missouri River are also shown. The scene represents Montana's mineral and agricultural wealth, which is reinforced by a banner that says Oro y Plata, or Gold and Silver. In 1981,the state legislature added Montana above the seal.