Kevin Blackston
PO Box 217
Floresville TX 78114-0217
United States of America

New American Indian acquisitions

My collection of the 14¢ American Indian stamp has grown a bit over the past month, and two of the additions are of special note.

First, I snagged this great plate flaw on eBay! If you look closely, you can see that there is a diagonal scratch running from the “ED” of “UNITED” nearly all the way down to the bottom of the vignette. This variety is not listed in Loran French's seminal work, Encyclopedia of Plate Varieties on U.S. Bureau-Printed Postage Stamps, but that book was admittedly published nearly 40 years ago.

14-cent American Indian stamp with diagonal scratch running across vignette
14¢ American Indian stamp with plate flaw

The other American Indian item that I’m more than a little excited about came by way of a postal history dealer. I’ve generated a detailed writeup, but the summary is that it is an extremely scarce example of the 14¢ stamp paying the quadruple-weight international surface letter rate that was in effect in 1934 (five cents for the first ounce, and three cents for each additional ounce).

Front of cover bearing 14-cent American Indian stamp
14¢ American Indian cover mailed from New York, New York

This is a “show me another one” kind of item, and I’m happy to add it to my collection.

Published 2017-11-01


Catalin (2017-11-03 10:27):

Nice stamp, indeed! The cover from New York has as destination China? Interesting! Best wishes, Catalin

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