2¢ - Carmine and black, deep carmine and black
Printing Method: Flat plate
Subject: The sloop 'Restaurationen'
Number issued: 9,104,983
Scott #: 620
Issued: May 18th, 1925
75¢ - $1
No postmark with gum (MH)
$1 - $1.50
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
$1.50 - $4
A sheet of 100 of #620
This issue was distributed to Post Offices in full sheets.
#620 was issued with the following plate #'s
17353, 55-56, 79
A first day cover of #620, May 18th, 1925
There was a suspicion that this stamp was created especially for collectors. The print run was quite small. It was a low denomination, small stamp printed via the flat plate printing process, costly to produce, a bi-color stamp. Lastly, it commemorated an anniversary that was of little importance.
The anniversary was the centennial of the landing of the first Norwegian settler. The settlers sailed on the Sloop 'Restorationen' and landed in New York on October 8th, 1825. A group of North Eastern US representatives had pushed for this stamp to be issued as quite a few voters of Norwegian descent lived in their states. The date of issue was placed before the anniversary to give advance notice of the commemoration. It was not until 1992 that Norway issued a similar commemorative stamp, the fourth image.
The sloop started life in 1801, transporting herring to Denmark and grain back home. The sloop, enlarged in 1820, had its name changed from the Håbet to the Resturasjonen (Norwegian for restoration). To celebrate its enlargement, a painting was unveiled at Egersund on February 5th, 1820. Please refer to the first image shown above. The second image shows the ship full of immigrants leaving southwest Norway, not quite showing how overcrowded it was. In fact, on arrival in New York, the port authority fined it for being overloaded. The fine was eventually waved by President John Quincy Adams.
The third image is from an illustration in the 'Lutheranan' and is the source for the Bureau's sketch for the vignette.
Norway still carries the tradition of sloops (Hardangerjakts) today, with a modern sloop sailing off the coast of Norway pictured in the last image.