CZ161 – 1975 10¢ Hodges Coil Stamp
Issued on February 14, 1975, this stamp is #CZ108 in coil form. It is perforated vertically. Lt. Col. Harry F. Hodges (1860-1929) was responsible for the design and erection of the lock gates. From 1877 to 1901, Hodges served as an engineer at various posts, including a tour of duty as instructor in engineering at the Military Academy. In 1901, he became Chief Engineer, Department of Cuba. In 1917, after the United States entered World War I, Hodges was appointed a division commander and sailed with the American Expeditionary Force in 1918. After serving with distinction in the Ypres and Avoncourt Defensive Sectors, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Following the war, General Hodges commanded divisions at several American posts before retiring in 1921.
Canal Zone Stamps Chronicle America’s Rise as a World Power
If you’ve never collected Canal Zone stamps before, now’s the time to start. These intriguing stamps are historic links to our nation’s past. With Mystic as your collecting partner, it’s easy to own stamps documenting this remarkable American engineering feat!
The U.S. Canal Zone postal service began in June of 1904 – when the United States started construction of the Panama Canal. Stamps issued for use in the Canal Zone, which extends for five miles on either side of the 50 miles of the canal’s length, reflect U.S. administration of that area.
Stamps from Panama were used before the overprinting of U.S. stamps. Some were overprints of Colombia stamps (Panama won its independence from Colombia in 1903). After 1924 only U.S. overprints or Canal Zone stamps were valid for postage.
In 1928 the first permanent issue Canal Zone stamps were placed on sale. The following year, the first Canal Zone Airmail stamp was issued and in 1941, a series of Officials were produced. On October 25, 1978, the last Canal Zone stamp was issued.