The 5¢ Kansas stamp was overprinted on U. The western terminal of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and the end of the Chisholm Trail were located in Kansas, giving the state a crucial role in America's westward expansion. Spurred by the Homestead Act, thousands of acres in Kansas were claimed by settlers.
Out of this rough and tumble pilgrimage came some of our nation's most colorful characters - among them Wild Bill Hickok, Bat Masterson, and Wyatt Earp. Although frontier towns in Kansas would turn out a number of distinguished Americans - including President Dwight D. Eisenhower and aviation pioneers Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart - the lure of the West was tempting for some criminals.
By the 1920s, machine gun-toting gangsters had replaced gunslingers, and small post offices in isolated communities were among their targets. The idea of overprinting U. Stamps to prevent theft wasn't a new one - it had been suggested nearly 30 years earlier - but the newly invented rotary press now made the idea possible and affordable.
Issued in Very Low Quantities - Many are Hard to Find. Although it had seen rapid growth, the population of Kansas was relatively small in 1929. Based on projected needs, postal officials distributed relatively low numbers of Kansas overprints.
In fact, less than one 9¢ stamp was issued for each person living in the state. The Kansas Overprints were released in the cities of Newton and Colby - and were met with immediate criticism and confusion. Some postmasters refused to honor them, believing the Kans.
Overprint meant the stamps had been precancelled. Those critics claimed the overprints were a method to discourage would-be thieves from stealing the huge stockpiles of stamps that would be stored in poorly defended small towns as a result of the cost-cutting program. In the wake of such widespread criticism, officials halted the experiment in less than a year and let the existing supply of Kansas overprint stamps exhaust itself.
Represents, if not perfection, then at least a high degree of achievement... To create the Kansas overprints, postal officials overprinted the Series of 1926-28 rotary stamps.Described above by noted philatelic author Gary Griffith, the series features a blend of art and technology. Officials began with the engraved designs of the Series of 1922, which had been printed on flat plate presses and perforated 11.
The introduction of the rotary press made it possible to print the Series of 1926-28 in high volumes at low cost. A slight change in perforation - 11 x 10 1/2 - also made them easier to separate. In fact, the 1926-28 stamp series was such a success that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing used the format for another 10 years.
Classic Stamps Document American History and Invention. As you can see, a number of compelling events are represented by the Kansas overprints - the marriage of traditionally engraved stamps with modern technology, the settlement of America's West and the history of the state of Kansas. We are full time coin dealers with a brick and mortar shop. In business at the same location since 1988. This item is in the category "Stamps\United States\Plate Blocks/Multiples".
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