1992 Columbian Souvenir Sheets, set of 6

# 2624-29 - 1992 Columbian Souvenir Sheets, set of 6

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US #2624-29
1992 Columbian Souvenir Sheets

  • Issued to celebrate 500th anniversary of first voyage of Columbus to New World
  • Created with same dies as original Columbian stamps
  • Part of a four-way joint issue

 Category of Stamp:  Commemorative
Value:  $16.34
First Day of Issue:  May 22, 1992
First Day City(s):  Chicago, Illinois
Quantity Issued:  2,000,000
Printed by:  American Back Note Company - LA
Printing Method/Format:  Offset Lithography and Intaglio
Perforations:  10.5

Reason the stamp was issued:  This set of six souvenir sheets was issued to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the New World.

About the stamp design:  The Columbian stamps issued in 1893 were America’s first commemoratives.  They became favorites among collectors.  The USPS used the die from the originals stamps to create the modern versions.  The sixteen denominations were issued as six souvenir sheets. 

Special design details:  In order to make changes to the stamp images without altering the original dies, special transfers were made.  The original date, 1893, was replaced with 1992.  Flaws in the original dies that resulted from their age were repaired in the duplicates.

About the printing process:  Ink colors were chosen for the stamps to reflect the colors of the original Columbian stamps.  The images on the border of the sheets were produced using dark colors so the focus remained on the stamps rather than being distracted by the accompanying images.  The stamp images were printed using intaglio engraving, and the background images were produced using offset lithography.

 

First Day City:  The dedication ceremony for the Columbian souvenir sheets took place on opening day of World Columbian Stamp Expo 92.  Joint issue sheets from Italy, Portugal, and Spain were also dedicated at the ceremony.

Unusual thing about this stamp:  These six souvenir sheets were sold only as a set by the US Postal Service.  Originally, they were only available at the Expo or through mail order from the Philatelic Sales Division.  Later, the USPS announced the sheets would be sold at local post offices.

More fun facts:  This set was a joint issue with Italy, where Columbus was born, Portugal, whose flag he sailed under, and Spain, where Columbus received financial backing from the monarchs.

History the stamp represents:  In 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago.  It commemorated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus sailing to the New World on his first voyage.  A set of 16 stamps were issued to commemorate the expo.  They highlighted scenes from his journeys and his return to Europe.  These stamps became favorites among stamp collectors, though few people were able to afford the entire set of 16.  In anticipation of the 500th anniversary, the USPS decided to reissue those beloved stamps using the same denominations. 

 
Own the Joint Issues From Other Countries:
 
 

World’s Columbian Exposition 

U.S. #2616 was issued for the 1992 World Columbian Stamp Expo.

On May 1, 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition opened in Chicago, Illinois.

Though the 1876 world’s fair in Philadelphia had been a financial failure, American businessmen wanted to try again.  Particularly, they wanted to hold a fair marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ landing in America.  While several cities made a bid to host the expo, Chicago was ultimately selected when banker Lyman Gage raised several million dollars in a 24-hour period, putting him ahead of the competition.

U.S. #230-40 – The first 11 Columbian stamps.

Work began immediately on preparing the exposition grounds.  The exposition was supposed to open on October 21, 1892, but the grounds were so massive, that was impossible.  Instead, the city of Chicago staged an extravagant three-day dedication celebration for October 20-22, which included a massive parade and series of ceremonies.  The parade was held on October 20, 1892.  It was both a celebration of the fair as well as Columbus’ arrival in America.

It was one of the largest single parades up to that time, with a large number of notable guests from a variety of different associations.  Its been estimated there were at least 75,000 parade participants and over a million spectators from around the country.  Click here to see photos of the parade and a long list of those involved in the procession.

October 21, 1892, was the official dedication day.  It began with a sunrise salute by national guardsmen from all the states at the time, numbering about 10,000. President Benjamin Harrison and his cabinet were in attendance.  They then joined in a 300-carriage procession through much of the exposition grounds to the Manufactures building.  The dedication ceremony there included a number of speeches and presentations as well as performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Hail Columbia.”  The celebrations continued into the night, with the archbishop of Ireland delivering a speech.  The ceremonies concluded the next day with additional dedication ceremonies.

U.S. #E3 – Although it was not issued solely for the Columbian Exposition, U.S. #E3 is considered a part of that issue.

Work on the grounds continued after the dedication so that the exposition could open up on May 1, 1893.  In an age before mass communication, the Columbian Exposition brought nearly 27 million people from around the world together to display the highest level of architecture, art, and industry.  Hundreds of specially designed buildings, fountains, and statues were constructed specifically for the Exposition.

Item #59350 – Set of 16 Columbian Expo ’92 First Day Covers.

 Spanning more than 600 acres, the Exposition featured over 200 buildings by top architects of the time.  The classically styled buildings were all painted white, giving that section of the expo the name, “White City.”  These spectacular buildings served as the inspiration for L. Frank Baum’s Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz as well as Walt Disney’s theme parks (his father was a construction worker at the Fair).  In fact, the Fair’s architecture inspired the nationwide City Beautiful Movement, in which cities coordinated landscapes, promenades, and structures to make more stunning, cohesive urban areas.

With so many people from different places coming to one location, several congresses and parliaments were held to take advantage of the unprecedented gathering.  There were congresses dealing with a number of topics including anthropology, labor, medicine, temperance, commerce and finance, literature, history, art, philosophy, and science.

The largest of them all was the Parliament of Religions.  Held from September 11 to 27, it marked the first meeting of representatives of Eastern and Western religions.  Among the speeches given was one by Hindu representative Swami Vivekanand, “As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take, through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee!”  This quote from the Bhagvad Gita seemed especially fitting for this significant convergence of religions.

The 1893 Exposition was also the first World’s Fair to include national pavilions.  In all, 46 nations participated, introducing Americans to a wide array of new technologies and cultural traditions.  These included German artillery and a Viking ship from Norway.  W.C. Handy, Scott Joplin, and several others also introduced the world to the African-American musical style through performances.

U.S. #2624-29 – Issued in 1992, these stamps were printed with the same 100-year-old dyes as the original Columbians.

Other significant firsts at the Fair included the first US commemorative coins and the introduction of Cracker Jacks, Quaker Oats, and Shredded Wheat.  The US Post Office Department also issued its first commemorative stamps ever, the highly sought-after Columbians.

Click here to view scenes from the Columbian Expo and here for more about the 1893 Columbians.

 

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US #2624-29
1992 Columbian Souvenir Sheets

  • Issued to celebrate 500th anniversary of first voyage of Columbus to New World
  • Created with same dies as original Columbian stamps
  • Part of a four-way joint issue

 Category of Stamp:  Commemorative
Value:  $16.34
First Day of Issue:  May 22, 1992
First Day City(s):  Chicago, Illinois
Quantity Issued:  2,000,000
Printed by:  American Back Note Company - LA
Printing Method/Format:  Offset Lithography and Intaglio
Perforations:  10.5

Reason the stamp was issued:  This set of six souvenir sheets was issued to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the New World.

About the stamp design:  The Columbian stamps issued in 1893 were America’s first commemoratives.  They became favorites among collectors.  The USPS used the die from the originals stamps to create the modern versions.  The sixteen denominations were issued as six souvenir sheets. 

Special design details:  In order to make changes to the stamp images without altering the original dies, special transfers were made.  The original date, 1893, was replaced with 1992.  Flaws in the original dies that resulted from their age were repaired in the duplicates.

About the printing process:  Ink colors were chosen for the stamps to reflect the colors of the original Columbian stamps.  The images on the border of the sheets were produced using dark colors so the focus remained on the stamps rather than being distracted by the accompanying images.  The stamp images were printed using intaglio engraving, and the background images were produced using offset lithography.

 

First Day City:  The dedication ceremony for the Columbian souvenir sheets took place on opening day of World Columbian Stamp Expo 92.  Joint issue sheets from Italy, Portugal, and Spain were also dedicated at the ceremony.

Unusual thing about this stamp:  These six souvenir sheets were sold only as a set by the US Postal Service.  Originally, they were only available at the Expo or through mail order from the Philatelic Sales Division.  Later, the USPS announced the sheets would be sold at local post offices.

More fun facts:  This set was a joint issue with Italy, where Columbus was born, Portugal, whose flag he sailed under, and Spain, where Columbus received financial backing from the monarchs.

History the stamp represents:  In 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago.  It commemorated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus sailing to the New World on his first voyage.  A set of 16 stamps were issued to commemorate the expo.  They highlighted scenes from his journeys and his return to Europe.  These stamps became favorites among stamp collectors, though few people were able to afford the entire set of 16.  In anticipation of the 500th anniversary, the USPS decided to reissue those beloved stamps using the same denominations. 

 
Own the Joint Issues From Other Countries:
 
 

World’s Columbian Exposition 

U.S. #2616 was issued for the 1992 World Columbian Stamp Expo.

On May 1, 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition opened in Chicago, Illinois.

Though the 1876 world’s fair in Philadelphia had been a financial failure, American businessmen wanted to try again.  Particularly, they wanted to hold a fair marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ landing in America.  While several cities made a bid to host the expo, Chicago was ultimately selected when banker Lyman Gage raised several million dollars in a 24-hour period, putting him ahead of the competition.

U.S. #230-40 – The first 11 Columbian stamps.

Work began immediately on preparing the exposition grounds.  The exposition was supposed to open on October 21, 1892, but the grounds were so massive, that was impossible.  Instead, the city of Chicago staged an extravagant three-day dedication celebration for October 20-22, which included a massive parade and series of ceremonies.  The parade was held on October 20, 1892.  It was both a celebration of the fair as well as Columbus’ arrival in America.

It was one of the largest single parades up to that time, with a large number of notable guests from a variety of different associations.  Its been estimated there were at least 75,000 parade participants and over a million spectators from around the country.  Click here to see photos of the parade and a long list of those involved in the procession.

October 21, 1892, was the official dedication day.  It began with a sunrise salute by national guardsmen from all the states at the time, numbering about 10,000. President Benjamin Harrison and his cabinet were in attendance.  They then joined in a 300-carriage procession through much of the exposition grounds to the Manufactures building.  The dedication ceremony there included a number of speeches and presentations as well as performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Hail Columbia.”  The celebrations continued into the night, with the archbishop of Ireland delivering a speech.  The ceremonies concluded the next day with additional dedication ceremonies.

U.S. #E3 – Although it was not issued solely for the Columbian Exposition, U.S. #E3 is considered a part of that issue.

Work on the grounds continued after the dedication so that the exposition could open up on May 1, 1893.  In an age before mass communication, the Columbian Exposition brought nearly 27 million people from around the world together to display the highest level of architecture, art, and industry.  Hundreds of specially designed buildings, fountains, and statues were constructed specifically for the Exposition.

Item #59350 – Set of 16 Columbian Expo ’92 First Day Covers.

 Spanning more than 600 acres, the Exposition featured over 200 buildings by top architects of the time.  The classically styled buildings were all painted white, giving that section of the expo the name, “White City.”  These spectacular buildings served as the inspiration for L. Frank Baum’s Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz as well as Walt Disney’s theme parks (his father was a construction worker at the Fair).  In fact, the Fair’s architecture inspired the nationwide City Beautiful Movement, in which cities coordinated landscapes, promenades, and structures to make more stunning, cohesive urban areas.

With so many people from different places coming to one location, several congresses and parliaments were held to take advantage of the unprecedented gathering.  There were congresses dealing with a number of topics including anthropology, labor, medicine, temperance, commerce and finance, literature, history, art, philosophy, and science.

The largest of them all was the Parliament of Religions.  Held from September 11 to 27, it marked the first meeting of representatives of Eastern and Western religions.  Among the speeches given was one by Hindu representative Swami Vivekanand, “As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take, through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee!”  This quote from the Bhagvad Gita seemed especially fitting for this significant convergence of religions.

The 1893 Exposition was also the first World’s Fair to include national pavilions.  In all, 46 nations participated, introducing Americans to a wide array of new technologies and cultural traditions.  These included German artillery and a Viking ship from Norway.  W.C. Handy, Scott Joplin, and several others also introduced the world to the African-American musical style through performances.

U.S. #2624-29 – Issued in 1992, these stamps were printed with the same 100-year-old dyes as the original Columbians.

Other significant firsts at the Fair included the first US commemorative coins and the introduction of Cracker Jacks, Quaker Oats, and Shredded Wheat.  The US Post Office Department also issued its first commemorative stamps ever, the highly sought-after Columbians.

Click here to view scenes from the Columbian Expo and here for more about the 1893 Columbians.