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1c Franklin reprint cardboard plate proof pane

Scott Catalogue USA: 40P4
Description:

1875 reprint of the 1857 issue, plate proof full sheet of 100 on card.

Regular stamps distributed as samples or gifts were valid for postage. To end this option for gift recipients, the Post Office Department began in 1879 to have sample stamps printed on card stock, which dignitaries received in small envelopes. The samples were so popular that the POD ordered five reprints, the last being in 1894.

Date:
1875
Medium:
paper; ink (bright blue)/ engraving
Dimensions:
30.5 x 26.4 cm (12 x 10 3/8 in.)
Museum ID:
1998.2019.1
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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