Dave's United States Postage Stamp Collection

1901 Pan-American Issue

Fast Lake Navigation: 1 Cent Green and Black. This is the first in a series of six stamps commemorating the Pan-American Exposition held at Buffalo, New York. They were the frist bi-colored commemoratives issued by the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, and the stamps salute the marvel of the mechanical age. This issue in particular, emphasizes speed of travel with the design of a lake steamer.

Fast Express Train: 2 Cent Carmine and Black. In recoginition of the tie that truly united east and west, this issue illustrates the Empire State Express. In 1901 this four-car locomotive was a truly modern machine and could easily travel over 100 miles per hour.

Automobile: 4 Cent Red Brown and Black. This recalls one of the first electric automobiles. It was a closed coach type, and was used in Washington by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad for passenger service.

Bridge At Niagara Falls: 3 Cent Ultramarine and Black. At the time this photograph was taken, this was the largest single span bridge in the entire world. Niagara Falls is shown in the background and the Canadian and American shores appear on either side.

Canal Locks At Sault Ste. Marie: 8 Cent Brown Violet and Black. The canal locks at Sault Ste. Marie opened the inland water route between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Raw Iron could then be transported to steel mills around the Great Lakes, thus making possible much of middle America's industrial growth.

Fast Ocean Navigation: 10 Cent Yellow Brown and Black. This issue illustrates the coming of fast ocean travel with the design of a American line steamship. This was another of America's ways to expand her share of trade upon the high seas. In 1910, it was the early ships like this one, that foretold of the "shrinking' World to come.

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