Thursday, September 19, 2013

US Postage Stamp Centennial Souvenir Sheet

This is the 1947 “CIPEX” souvenir sheet with the 5 cent and 10 cent stamp pictured. Issued to celebrate the 100th anniversary of U.S. postage stamps. The cancelation across the centre is “Centenary International Philatelic Exhibition” and the post mark is New York N.Y. May 19, 1947 10:00 AM. 
The US Postage Stamp Centenary Souvenir Sheet was issued on May 19, 1947 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first US Postage Stamp as well as the Centenary International Philatelic Exhibition (CIPEX).  This attractive souvenir sheet is popular with collectors as it permits them to have examples (albeit in different colors) of the expensive first United States stamps, the five cent Benjamin Franklin and the ten cent George Washington.  A blue three cent stamp was also issued to commemorate the anniversary.
The stamps were printed by Treasury Dept Bureau of Engraving, & Printing under the authority of Robert E. Hannegan, Postmaster General, in compliment to the Centenary International, Philatelic Exhibition ).
Thank you very much Merja for this wonderful FDC with the Centenial Souvenir Sheet.

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