1847–1899 US Stamp Sets & Series

1869 Pictorial Issues

The 1869 Pictorials were historic.  They were the first U.S. stamps to feature something other than the bust or head of a famous American leader.  They were also the first bi-color stamps. As precursors of today’s commemorative stamps, the Pictorials were revolutionary for their time.  Never before had stamps featured paintings, horses and locomotives.  Never … Read more

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1893 Columbian Series

The Columbian Series was issued in conjunction with the spectacular Columbian Exposition of 1893, which celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World.  Today, the Columbians are among the most treasured of all U.S. stamps.

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