Iowa: 1890’s.

(C-0269) U.S. #213  – Series of 1887  2¢ Washington  First Day of Issue: September 10, 1887 Postmarked  February 5, 1890 in New York City.
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(C-0270) U.S. #220  1890-93 Regular Issue 2¢ Washington  Issue Date: 1890 Postmarked December 30, 1890 in Peoria, Illinois
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(C-0120) U.S. #220  1890-93 Regular Issue 2¢ Washington  Issue Date: 1890  Postmarked September 12, 1892 in Iowa City From W. Bailey of The State University of Iowa (SUI) Quill.
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1893 Postal Cover U.S. #230-#237  1893 1¢-10¢ Columbian Commemoratives on a #U348  1¢ Columbian Embossed Envelope  First Day of Issue: January 1, 1893  Postmarked October 26, 1893 in Cincinnati, OH The Columbian stamp series was the very first commemorative stamps issued by the US Post Office. Released in advance of Chicago’s 1893 World Columbian Exposition, an international fair celebrating the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ 1492 arrival in the New World, the popularity of the Columbian series was off-the-charts with stamp collectors paying full price for used copies, even when mint copies were still available! Just recently on Ebay, the cover shown above (features the 1-cent through 10-cent Columbian stamps on the 1-cent embossed envelope) sold for over $200! Too rich for my blood!
(C-0049) 1893 Postal Cover U.S. #231  1893 2¢ Columbian First Day of Issue: January 1, 1893 Postmarked 6 PM –  February 17, 1893 in Iowa City, arrived in Chicago – Postmarked 10 AM – February 18, stamped “MAIL DELAYED – TRAIN LATE”.
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(C-0060) 1895 Postal Cover & Letter – U.S. #267  1895 2¢ Washington Type III  Earliest Known Use: May, 1895. Written to Rose Mills on August 15, 1895. Postmarked August 16, 1895 in Indianapolis and received in Chillicothe, Ohio later that same day. 
(C-0050)  1895 Postal Cover U.S. #230  1893 1¢ Columbian, U.S. #U348  1¢ Columbian Embossed Envelope  First Day of Issue: January 1, 1893  1895 Postal Cover w/1893 Columbian Exposition 1¢ postage stamp on a 1¢ embossed stamp envelope Note the return address on this cover shows that Charles C. Schrader, Esq. of Iowa City was a “Stamp Collector.” This unique cover was postmarked in New York City – November 29, 1895 and the postmarked again upon its arrival in Iowa City – December 1, 1895.

This is the first in a series of stamps & embossed envelopes commemorating the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the New World. The stamp illustration (US #230) shows Columbus sighting land. The embossed envelope (U348) features a bust of Columbus & Lady Liberty.
(C-0061) 1895 Postal Cover & Letter – U.S. #267  1895 2¢ Washington Type III  Earliest Known Use: May, 1895. Written to Rose Mills on December 15, 1895. Postmarked December 16, 1895 on a Chicago-based RPO and received in Chillicothe, Ohio on December 17, 1895
(C-0062) 1896 Postal Cover & Letter – U.S. #267  1895 2¢ Washington Type III  Earliest Known Use: May, 1895. Written to Rose Mills on April 8, 1896. Postmarked April 9, 1896 in Worthington, Indiana and received in Chillicothe on April 10, 1896. 
(C-0063) 1896 Postal Cover & Letter – U.S. #267  1895 2¢ Washington Type III  Earliest Known Use: May, 1895. Written to Rose Mills on August 3, 1896 in Ironton, Ohio. Postmarked August 4, 1896 across the Ohio River in South Portsmouth, Kentucky and received in Chillicothe later that day. 
(C-0064) 1897 Postal Cover & Letter – U.S. #267  1895 2¢ Washington Type III  Earliest Known Use: May, 1895. Written to Rose Mills on November 18, 1897 – Postmarked in Anderson, Indiana and received in Indianapolis the next day. 
(C-0051) 1898 Postal Cover – One envelope with six postmarks from The Dental Department of the State University of Iowa to Dr. C.R. Baker of Iowa City   U.S. #266  1895 2¢ Washington, U.S. #267  1895 2¢ Washington  The letter is postmarked in Cedar Rapids on March 21, 1898 (Postmark 1 – US #266). Received in Iowa City on March 22 (Postmark 2) in Iowa City, but marked ‘unclaimed.’ The letter was sent back to The Dental Department.
(C-0051) One month later, The Dental Department re-mailed the letter using a second stamp (US #267), postmarked in Iowa City on April 25 at both 8:30 am (Postmark 3) and 9 pm (Postmark 4). After 24 hours of hunting for Dr. Baker, the post office finally forwards the letter to him in Davenport, postmarking it on April 26 at 9 pm (Postmark 5). The letter finally arrives in Davenport on April 26 at midnight (Postmark 6)! Whew!
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(C-0052) 1898 Postal Cover U.S. #267  1895 2¢ Washington Type III  Earliest Known Use: May, 1895  Postmarked on January 22, 1898.
The 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition was held to further the progress and development of natural resources west of the Mississippi River. Held in Omaha, Nebraska, the exposition opened on June 1, 1898, and ran for five months. More than 4,000 exhibits showcased social, economic, and industrial resources of the American West. The expo wasn’t a financial success overall, but it did revitalize Omaha, a community that had been devastated by drought and depression.
(S-0010) U.S. #285  1898 1¢ Trans-Mississippi Exposition: Marquette on the Mississippi  First Day of Issue: June 17, 1898  City: Omaha, Nebraska. (S-0010) The 1¢ Trans-Mississippi Exposition stamp pictures Father Jacques Marquette preaching to a group of Native Americans. The design is based on a William Lamprecht painting owned by Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Marquette (1637-1675) was a French Jesuit missionary and the founder of Michigan’s first European settlement, Sault Ste. Marie. In 1673, Marquette and Louis Jolliet were the first explorers to map the northern portion of the Mississippi River, including what is now the city of Dubuque in northeast Iowa.
(S-0011) U.S. #286  1898 2¢ Trans-Mississippi Exposition: Farming in the West  First Day of Issue: June 17, 1898  City: Omaha, Nebraska. The 2¢ Trans-Mississippi Exposition stamp entitled “Farming in the West” pictures a team of horses plowing a wheat field. The design is based on a photograph taken in the field of the Amenia and Sharon Land Company, a 27,000 acre “bonanza farm” in North Dakota. Bonanza farms were very large operations that grew and harvested wheat on a large scale. As you know, Iowa has become one of the largest farm-production states in the U.S.
(S-0007) U.S. #287 1898 4c Trans-Mississippi Exposition: Indian Hunting Buffalo First Day of Issue: June 17, 1898 City: Omaha, Nebraska The design of the 4¢ Trans-Mississippi stamp was taken from an engraving by Captain Seth Eastman, a soldier who used his considerable artistic skills to capture scenes from the Old West.

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