Arago: Exhibits

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FIRST BUREAU BICOLORED STAMPS

2c Pan-American Empire State Express Train bottom plate block of four

The first bicolored stamps produced by the Bureau were the Pan-American Exposition issue of 1901. The technology of the day did not allow for quality printing with two colors at the same time, so each stamp was printed from two plates in two separate operations.

2c Train vignette plate proof, Scott 295

CPP of "Empire State" fast express train vignette for the 2-cent Pan-American Exposition issue. Each stamp of the issue had a unique vignette (central design) with a transportation theme, all printed in black.

2c Train plate proof, frame only, Scott 295

CPP of the frame for the 2-cent Pan-American Exposition issue. Each stamp of the issue had a frame (border) of different color and design.