1¢ Green, bright green, dark green
Subject: The Mayflower
Scott #: 548
Quantity Issued: 140,000,000
Issued: December 21st, 1920
No postmark with gum (MH)
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
$1 - $3
#548 was issued with the following plate #'s
12418-21, 28-29, 31, 36-39, 48
First day cover, December 21st, 1920
Town cancels (shown left) are scarce. Post office policy was to cover the stamp with the flag part of the cancel (shown right), which was situated to the right of town cancel on the stamp canceller.
These were the only stamps issued in the USA without the country name. At the time there was much criticism of the design and it was not popular. It was considered that the subjects of the vignettes were too crowded into the frame, particularly the 2¢.
The stamps were printed in sheets of 280 subjects, (14x20) and cut along horizontal and vertical guide lines into post office panes of 70, (7x10) as shown above.
The source for the design was this model of the Mayflower
Photo essay of model shown above
Die essay on India, die sunk on card
Photo essay on thin card
Pilgrims instead of Pilgrim
Die proof on India, mounted on card