When people think of the old west one image which comes to mind is the wagon trains of settlers heading west. The 8-cent stamp of the Trans-Mississippi Exposition Issue proudly portrays Federal troops guarding one such wagon train. The original image used was painted by Frederick Remington and published in a book of his works the year before the Trans-Mississippi Exposition. Remington largely shaped the American vision of the West in the late 19th and early 20th centuries through his painting, sculpture and writing. When Remington died in 1909 at the age of forty-eight, he had authored thirteen books and his images adorned some seventy-three books.
This stamp was intended to pay the domestic registered mail fee. In some cases it was used with other denominations to fulfill large weight and destination rates. A total of 2,927,200 stamps were printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.