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U.S. #370
1909 2¢ Alaska-Yukon Pacific Exposition

Issue Date: June 1, 1909
Quantity issued:
 152,887,311
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Method: Flat plate
Watermark: Double line
Perforation: 12
Color: Carmine
 
The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition was held in Seattle, Washington, in 1909 to publicize the development of the Pacific Northwest. Organizers had originally planned to hold the world’s fair in 1907 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush, but rescheduled the event when they learned the Jamestown Exposition was being held that year.
 
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition

The exposition had stemmed from an idea of Godfrey Chealander.  Chealander had worked on the Alaska Territory Exhibit at the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Oregon and wanted to build a permanent exhibit about Alaska in Seattle. 

Chealander shared his idea with the editor of the Seattle Times, who thought Seattle should host its own exposition to out-do the one in Oregon.  They combined their ideas and soon gained the support of the local government.  The state then agreed to endorse the fair as long as it produced four permanent buildings on the University of Washington campus, where it was to be held.  Among the buildings constructed was the largest log cabin ever built. 

As planning progressed, the scope of the exposition expanded to include Canada, where the original Klondike gold strikes had occurred and the Pacific, to honor the Oriental trade.  The expo then became known as “A-Y-P” for short. 

Initially they had planned the expo for 1907 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush.  But when they heard that the Jamestown Exposition would be held that year, they delayed their fair until 1909. 

The fair opened to the public at 8:30 a.m. on June 1, 1909.  Army and Navy bands treated visitors to performances.  Then at 3 p.m. Seattle time, President William Howard Taft opened the exposition “by touching a gold [telegraph] key, studded with gold nuggets taken from the first mine opened in the Klondike region.”  Once the telegraph spark was received in Seattle, a gong was struck, the US flag unfurled, and a 21-gun salute fired volleys.  The fair’s opening day was declared a city holiday and some 80,000 people attended that day alone.  The fair would see its highest attendance on Seattle Day, when 117,013 people attended. 

Japan and Canada were the only foreign countries to have entire buildings for their exhibits.  But several other countries did send small exhibits.  One of the popular American exhibits was a scale model of the Newcastle, Washington coal mine.  There were also several dioramas of Seattle scenes, which visitors could see for themselves by taking the trolley.  There was also a Woman’s Building that showed the role women played in settling the West.  And there was a reenactment of the Civil War Battle of the Monitor and Merrimack.  Among the fair’s attendees was William Boeing, the future founder of Boeing.  He later said that he had seen a manned flying machine for the first time at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, and that it had instilled in him a fascination with aircraft. 

By the time the fair closed on October 16, 1909, it had seen over 3.7 million visitors.  Some of the buildings constructed for the fair are still in use today and the statue of William Seward made for the expo now stands in Volunteer Park. 

The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Stamp

In 1908, the Exposition committee asked the Post Office Department to produce a special set of commemorative stamps to publicize the event.  Initially, the Post Office refused.  However, they later agreed to produce a single commemorative stamp to honor the occasion.

The original design for the stamp featured a seal on an ice floe.  But the Exposition committee, fearing potential visitors would believe Alaska was always cold, opted instead for a portrait of William Seward.  In the end, officials decided to picture William Seward, who negotiated the purchase of Alaska. Seward was a statesman and New York Senator. He served as Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. During the Civil War, it was his difficult task to see that foreign nations did not give the Confederacy official recognition. He was successful in this and is recognized for the accomplishment. However, his greatest work was the purchase of Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million in 1867 – less than 2c an acre!  Believing the new territory was a wasteland of snow and ice, many Americans considered the purchase a foolish one, and Alaska came to be known as “Seward’s Folly,” “Seward’s Icebox,” and “Iceburgia.”

At the request of several vending machine companies, the stamp was also produced in imperforate form.  Although the stamps were not the correct size to be used in such machines, manufacturers, such as the US Automatic Company, sold the imperforate stamps at the Exposition as an advertisement for their machines.  A much smaller number of these stamps were issued imperforate.  Imperforate #371 is known with several desirable private perforations.

 
 
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U.S. #370
1909 2¢ Alaska-Yukon Pacific Exposition

Issue Date: June 1, 1909
Quantity issued:
 152,887,311
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Method: Flat plate
Watermark: Double line
Perforation: 12
Color: Carmine
 
The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition was held in Seattle, Washington, in 1909 to publicize the development of the Pacific Northwest. Organizers had originally planned to hold the world’s fair in 1907 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush, but rescheduled the event when they learned the Jamestown Exposition was being held that year.
 
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition

The exposition had stemmed from an idea of Godfrey Chealander.  Chealander had worked on the Alaska Territory Exhibit at the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Oregon and wanted to build a permanent exhibit about Alaska in Seattle. 

Chealander shared his idea with the editor of the Seattle Times, who thought Seattle should host its own exposition to out-do the one in Oregon.  They combined their ideas and soon gained the support of the local government.  The state then agreed to endorse the fair as long as it produced four permanent buildings on the University of Washington campus, where it was to be held.  Among the buildings constructed was the largest log cabin ever built. 

As planning progressed, the scope of the exposition expanded to include Canada, where the original Klondike gold strikes had occurred and the Pacific, to honor the Oriental trade.  The expo then became known as “A-Y-P” for short. 

Initially they had planned the expo for 1907 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush.  But when they heard that the Jamestown Exposition would be held that year, they delayed their fair until 1909. 

The fair opened to the public at 8:30 a.m. on June 1, 1909.  Army and Navy bands treated visitors to performances.  Then at 3 p.m. Seattle time, President William Howard Taft opened the exposition “by touching a gold [telegraph] key, studded with gold nuggets taken from the first mine opened in the Klondike region.”  Once the telegraph spark was received in Seattle, a gong was struck, the US flag unfurled, and a 21-gun salute fired volleys.  The fair’s opening day was declared a city holiday and some 80,000 people attended that day alone.  The fair would see its highest attendance on Seattle Day, when 117,013 people attended. 

Japan and Canada were the only foreign countries to have entire buildings for their exhibits.  But several other countries did send small exhibits.  One of the popular American exhibits was a scale model of the Newcastle, Washington coal mine.  There were also several dioramas of Seattle scenes, which visitors could see for themselves by taking the trolley.  There was also a Woman’s Building that showed the role women played in settling the West.  And there was a reenactment of the Civil War Battle of the Monitor and Merrimack.  Among the fair’s attendees was William Boeing, the future founder of Boeing.  He later said that he had seen a manned flying machine for the first time at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, and that it had instilled in him a fascination with aircraft. 

By the time the fair closed on October 16, 1909, it had seen over 3.7 million visitors.  Some of the buildings constructed for the fair are still in use today and the statue of William Seward made for the expo now stands in Volunteer Park. 

The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Stamp

In 1908, the Exposition committee asked the Post Office Department to produce a special set of commemorative stamps to publicize the event.  Initially, the Post Office refused.  However, they later agreed to produce a single commemorative stamp to honor the occasion.

The original design for the stamp featured a seal on an ice floe.  But the Exposition committee, fearing potential visitors would believe Alaska was always cold, opted instead for a portrait of William Seward.  In the end, officials decided to picture William Seward, who negotiated the purchase of Alaska. Seward was a statesman and New York Senator. He served as Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. During the Civil War, it was his difficult task to see that foreign nations did not give the Confederacy official recognition. He was successful in this and is recognized for the accomplishment. However, his greatest work was the purchase of Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million in 1867 – less than 2c an acre!  Believing the new territory was a wasteland of snow and ice, many Americans considered the purchase a foolish one, and Alaska came to be known as “Seward’s Folly,” “Seward’s Icebox,” and “Iceburgia.”

At the request of several vending machine companies, the stamp was also produced in imperforate form.  Although the stamps were not the correct size to be used in such machines, manufacturers, such as the US Automatic Company, sold the imperforate stamps at the Exposition as an advertisement for their machines.  A much smaller number of these stamps were issued imperforate.  Imperforate #371 is known with several desirable private perforations.