Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Stamp (2-Cent) — Issue of 1909

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific 2-Cent Stamp

To commemorate the development of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Territory, which was celebrated by an exposition at Seattle, Wash., in 1909, the Department issued a postage stamp of special design, which was first placed on sale June 1, 1909, at Seattle, Wash.

The stamp is 49/64 by 3/64 inches in dimension, arranged horizontally, and is printed in red ink. At the top and bottom are panels containing, respectively, the words “U.S. postage” and “Two cents.” In the center the larger part of a circle rests on the lower panel and encloses a ribbon bearing the words “Alaska-Yukon-Pacific 1909”, and in the center of the circle appears a portrait of William H. Seward, who as Secretary of State conducted the negotiations for the purchase of Alaska from Russia. The name “William H. Seward” appears under the portrait. On either side is an ellipse containing the Arabic numeral “2” with laurel branches as a background.

Published by John Jr. Paperly
Source: Postage Stamps of the United States 1847-1959