Great Lakes Steamer Stamp

US Postage Stamps: 1901

Pan-American Series: Great Lakes Steamer

Issued on May 1, 1901, the first stamp in the Pan-American Exposition set displays the “City of Alpena” (later renamed the “City of Ohio”), a 225 foot long Great lakes steamer built in 1880.  The Great Lakes steamers were used for fast transport of passengers and freight throughout the Great Lakes area and nearby rivers.  This stamp was used to pay the postcard rate at the time, and used copies are readily available at reasonable prices.

Due to the double run printing process, a few sheets were produced with the black and white image printed upside down.  These Great Lakes steamer invert stamps are extremely rare and are worth thousands of dollars.

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