The issue of these stamps began June 10 and ceased December 31. 1898.
The engraved surface of these stamps is 7/8 by 1 and 11/32 inches, with the longest side horizontal. The denominations are in Arabic numerals, repeated upon shields in the upper corners. The 1-cent figure is exceptional in having a double borderline, and the 10- and 50-cent are shown in more condensed numerals than those on the other stamps and are of the Gothic type. Both numerals and letters are in white, and the dollar mark is included on those stamps with the numerals upon the elliptical tablet of the shield. The illustrations are within an enclosure resembling that of the letter “C” slightly condensed and recumbent, with the open side up and the opening filled by a curved panel upon which are the words ‘”United States of America.” On the lower border of this enclosure are the words, in very small letters, describing the picture above, and at the bottom of the stamp, in a straight line, are the words of the denomination. All but the descriptions of the illustrations, which are in Gothic, are in Roman letters. Maize and wheat designs fill the lower corners and upperinterstices. All the lettering is in capitals.
The designs for these stamps, which were executed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, were as follows:
One-cent. — “Marquette”, a painting, by Lamprecht.
Two-cent. — “Farming in the West”, a photograph.
Four-cent. — “Indian hunting buffalo”, an engraving in Schoolcraft’s history of the Indian tribes.
Five-cent. — “Fremont on the Rocky Mountains”, an old engraving.
Eight-cent. — “Troops guarding train”, a drawing, by Frederic Remington.
Ten-cent. — “Hardships of emigration”, painting, by A. G. Heaton.
Fifty-cent. — “Mining prospector”, a drawing, by Frederic Remington.
One-dollar. — -“Cattle in a storm”, J. Mac-Whirter.
Two-dollar. — “Mississippi River Bridge at St. Louis”, photograph.
These stamps were first placed on sale June 10. 1898. at Omaha, Nebr.
Published by John Jr. Paperly
Source: Postage Stamps of the United States 1847-1959