Regular Issue of 1898
Ten Cent - Daniel Webster
#283P2a Small Die Proof (right) was a small die proof produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for display by the Post Office Department at the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915, in San Francisco, California.
This stamp is part of the first issue produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Prior stamps were produced by private firms under contract to the government.
Rising quickly within the Federalist Party, Daniel Webster was elected in 1812 to the U.S. House of Representatives because of his opposition to the War of 1812. After three terms, he returned to practicing law in Boston and won major constitutional cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including Dartmouth College v. Woodward and McCulloch v. Maryland.
Webster returned to Congress in 1827 as a senator from Massachusetts. Webster ran for the presidency as one of three Whig candidates in 1836, but carried only his home state.
President William Henry Harrison named Webster secretary of state in 1841. At Harrison's death, John Tyler succeeded to the presidency and all Whig members of the cabinet but Webster resigned. He finally succumbed to pressure and resigned in 1843. Webster opposed both the annexation of Texas in 1845 and the subsequent war with Mexico, issues he believed forced the nation to face the issue of the expansion of slavery. Webster opposed the expansion of slavery, but opposed even more the threat to the Union through the dispute. He was named secretary of state by Millard Fillmore in 1850 to supervise the strict enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act. Webster's stand antagonized antislavery forces and split the Whig Party.
In January, 1898, the color of the 1-cent stamp was changed to green and in March, 1898, that of the 5-cents to dark blue in order to conform to the colors assigned these values by the Universal Postal Union. These changes necessitated changing the colors of the 10c and 15c denominations in order to avoid confusion.
Type I (left) stamps are typically found in shades of brown and dark brown. The circles around the numerals “10” do not penetrate (impinge) on this white border.
Type II (right) stamps are typically found in shades of orange brown. In the Type II stamps the circles around the numerals “10” do impinge into the white border. The plates producing the Type II stamps were printed from newer plates. They had been prepared by using the original dies, upon which the impingement existed but had been removed from the plates used previously.
The 10-cent stamp was used to pay the first-class rate plus registry and double U.P.U. first-class rates.
Scott's 226, 258, Cuba 226, Cuba 226a, Guam 8, Guam 9, Phil 217, Phil 217a, P.R. 214
The Series of 1894.
- Other Stamps of 1898 -
# 285-293 Trans-Mississippi Exposition Series of 1898
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