22¢ Best Friend of Charleston
Issue Date: October 1, 1987
City: Baltimore, MD
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Lithographed and engraved
Perforations: 10 horizontally
This stamp is part of a pane of five stamps issued to pay tribute to the contributions of the different engines that sparked the railroad revolution in America. Depicted on the pane are: the Stourbridge Lion, the first actual locomotive to run on tracks in America; the Best Friend of Charleston, the first locomotive to pull a train in America; the John Bull, the oldest complete engine preserved in the United States; the Brother Jonathan, at one time the fastest locomotive in the world; and the Gowan & Marx, at one time the most powerful of all locomotives.