Serigraph Print of the
Fast Express of the Pan-American Issue
of 1901 U. S. Postage Stamp
2 cent, perforated 11, Scott #295, 3/4"x 1-9/16", and issued May 1, 1901.
Designed either by Marcus Baldwin and Lyman F. Ellis, or Raymond Ostrander Smith, engraved by J.Eissler & E.M.Hall, and printed by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing.
Issued in conjunction with the Pan-American Exposition at the World's Fair in Buffalo, New York, this six denomination issue, like the Columbian and Trans-Mississippi Exposition stamps that preceded them, were promotional rather than commemorative.
Opening in Buffalo, New York on May 1, 1901, the Pan American Exposition and World's Fair highlighted technical achievement and the role it would play in America's future as the twentieth century began.
The two-cent stamp of the set portrays the "Empire State Express" the flagship of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad, a predecessor of the later New York Central Railroad. It became the world's first high-speed passenger train on September 14, 1891, averaging 61.4 miles-per-hour, a new world speed record in rail travel.
Other stamps in the series are; 1c Fast Lake Navigation, 4c Automobile, 5c The Bridge at Niagara Falls, 8c The Canal Locks at Sault de Ste. Marie, and 10c Fast Ocean Navigation.
Drawing by Roy Alexander on acetate by John Beech of Alan Howard Studio, Mount Vernon, NY., with photostats and film positives by GFI, Port Chester, NY. Stamp enlarged 15x.
A pre-issue was screened in August, 1974, resulting in larger prints, several of which are available – call 773.271.0318 for price and shipping arrangements.
The regular size print run, of 400, was on Nov. 15, 1974 by Arthur Jones at Mar-Line Displays in Port Chester, NY, on Hammermill cover paper "Imperial Ivory".
Outside dimensions of the red cartouche are 15" x 12-7/16" and paper is 23" x 17-7/16".
Each print, numbered & signed, is $56, plus shipping & applicable tax.
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