|A sheet of 10 Steamship Stamps|
According to Wikipedia, collecting stamps is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. Stamps are often collected for their historical value and geographical aspects and also for the many different subjects depicted on them, ranging from ships, horses, and birds to kings, queens and presidents. People who collect stamps are sometimes known as philatelists ... which comes from the word philately, the study of stamps. The stamps we are showing you in this post are called "cinderellas" because they do not have any postage value.
Q. Are these stamps rare? A. Not extremely rare, but unusual finds today, these stamps were issued by the Great Northern Pacific Steamship Company in the early 1900s. There were several "series" of stamps issued, this is "Series 2" which consists of 10 stamps showing various parts of the steamship known as S. S. Northern Pacific, which plied the waters between Portland, Oregon; Astoria, Oregon; San Francisco, California; and Honolulu, Hawaii. Travelling by ship in the early 1900s was much more special than it is today with cruising being so common and economical.
These stamps are a good example of how looking at something online may actually be easier than looking at the real stamps ... Each of the 10 stamps have been enlarged for easy viewing ...
|S. S. Northern Pacific|