This “Featured Collection” revisits the story of Christopher Columbus’s journeys to the New World as told through the nation’s first commemorative stamps, the 1893 Columbians. It includes images of the American Bank Note Company’s die proofs, both original and the 1915 Panama-Pacific reprints, inspired by famous nineteenth century famous artworks. In addition, it includes full sheets of stamps, unique imperforate pairs, unusual examples of mail, and outstanding Columbian rarities from the National Stamp Collection of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
This display also features rarities from special exhibitions in the museum, including from Columbus’ Voyage of Discovery: The Columbian Series of 1893, March 8, 2001—March 15, 2002, (courtesy of Dr. Edward and Joanne Dauer) and Rarity Revealed: The Benjamin K. Miller Collection, Part I, May 27, 2006—October 1, 2007, (courtesy of The Benjamin K. Miller Stamp Collection, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations).
Special thanks are extended to Dr. Edward and Joanne Dauer, Harry Hagendorf, James Lee, Scott Trepel, and John M. Hotchner.
Table of Contents
1. The Nation's First Commemorative Stamps: Introduction
2. Table of Contents and Acknowledgements
3. Postmaster General John Wanamaker
4. Columbus Realizes His Dream
5. The Quest for Royal Acclaim
6. Columbus and the Court
7. Columbus Vindicated
8. 1-cent and 2-cent Sheets
9. 3-cent and 4-cent Sheets
10 5-cent and 6-cent Sheets
11. 8-cent and 10-cent Sheets
12. 15-cent and 30-cent Sheets
13. 50-cent and 1-dollar Sheets
14. 5-dollar Rarities
15. John Wanamaker's Unique Imperforates
16. Error, Printers' Waste, and Excess
17. Columbians in the Mails
18. Creating a Rarity
19. Revisiting the Columbians, 1915
20. Modern Commemoratives