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  • 1976 Commemoratives #1629-32, 1683-85, 1690-1703

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Winter Pastime by Nathaniel Currier

Save 33% on this 1976 Mint Plate Block of 20

 

In 1976 the U.S. Post Office chose an 1855 lithograph by Nathaniel Currier as the subject for one of the two Christmas designs. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing had recently installed a state of the art 8-color "Combination Press", capable of printing multicolor gravure and engraving together on a continuous web of paper. They decided to test the gravure portion of this new press on a portion of the printing of this stamp, and because of the minor differences between the stamps printed on the new press and those printed on the gravure press that had been in use for several years, collectors discovered two versions of this stamp.

 

The Combination Press utilized small printing plates that were only 7 stamps high, which meant that in a sheet 10 stamps high, the plate numbers would begin to repeat after 7 stamps. And since the sheets were printed in a continuous web. they were sliced every 10 rows without the top and bottom selvage usually found on sheets of stamps. As a result, the plate numbers – and there were 5 plates used for this stamp – would "float" on the sheet, appearing in various positions from sheet to sheet. Because of this unusual format, collectors decided to save this issue as a large plate block of 20, preserving the complete 10 rows of plate markings.Add this large plate block of 20 to your collection and save $5 off our regular price! (US #1703)

 

1976 Winter Pastime Mint Plate Block of 20 – Regularly $15.00
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#1976Y - Set of 21 - 1629-32, 1683-85, 1690-1703

This U.S. year set contains the following commemorative stamps:

CAT # Values Description
1629S 3   13¢ Spirit of `76
1632 1   13¢ Interphil
1683 1   13¢ Telephone
1684 1   13¢ Aviation
1685 1   13¢ Chemistry
1690 1   13¢ Benjamin Franklin
1691S 4   13¢ Declaration of Independence
1695S 4   13¢ Olympic Games
1699 1   13¢ Clara Maass
1700 1   13¢ Adolph S. Ochs
1701 1   13¢ Nativity
1702 1   13¢ Winter Pastime lettering 1/2 mm below
1703 1   13¢ Winter Pastime lettering 3/4 mm below
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#1629S - 13¢ Spirit of `76 - Set of 3

Se-tenant strip of 3. Drummer Boy, Old Drummer, Fifer. Scott 1629-31 Spirit of `76

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#1632 - 13¢ Interphil

Held in Philadelphia, the 7th U.S. International Philatelic Exhibition was the largest ever to take place in this country. Scott 1632 Interphil '76

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#1683 - 13¢ Telephone

Watson, come here; I want you were the first intelligible words transmitted by the telephone's inventor, Alexander Graham Bell. Scott 1683 Telephone Centennial

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#1684 - 13¢ Aviation

Celebrating the Golden Jubilee of commercial aviation, which began when the Post Office Department contracted with private firms to carry airmail in 1926. Scott 1684 Aviation

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#1685 - 13¢ Chemistry

Honoring American chemists, in conjunction with the centenary of the American Chemical Society. Scott 1685 Chemistry

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#1690 - 13¢ Benjamin Franklin

Shown with 1776 map of North America, the likeness of Franklin is based on a marble bust by an anonymous Italian sculptor. Scott 1690 Benjamin Franklin

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#1691S - 13¢ Declaration of Independence - Set of 4

Designed after painting in the Rotunda of the Capitol, Washington DC. Left Group, Banners and Drum, Jefferson and Franklin, Hancock and Right Group. Scott 1691-94 Declaration of Independence

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#1695S - 13¢ Olympic Games - Set of 4

Diving, Skiing, Running, Figure Skating. Scott 1695-98 Summer and Winter Olympic Games

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#1699 - 13¢ Clara Maass

American nurse who gave her life in experiments conducted in connection with Yellow Fever in Cuba during early 1900s. Scott 1699 Clara Maass

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#1700 - 13¢ Adolph S. Ochs

Publisher of the New York Times who put into practice "All the news that's fit to print" motto beginning in 1896. Scott 1700 Adolph S. Ochs

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#1701 - 13¢ Nativity - Copley

The 15th annual U.S. Christmas stamp reproduces "Nativity" by John Singleton Copley, colonial America's leading artist. Scott 1701 Nativity

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#1702 - 13¢ Winter Pastime - lettering 1/2 mm below

Printed on an Andreotti press, this 1855 Nathaniel Currier lithograph is the second Currier and Ives work to be reproduced on a U.S. Christmas stamp. Scott 1702 "Winter Pastime"

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#1703 - 13¢ Winter Pastime - lettering 3/4 mm below

In this second version of the Currier lithograph, printed on a Combination Press, lettering at base of stamp is gray black and "snowflaking" is evident in sky and water. Scott 1703 "Winter Pastime"

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