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Battle of White Plains Issue

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2-cent Battle of White Plains Sesquicentenary Hamilton's Battery single

This red 2-cent stamp commemorated the Battle of White Plains, New York, which occurred on October 28, 1777. The stamp was issued on October 18, 1926. Its design was inspired by E.L. Ward's painting 'Alexander Hamilton's Battery'. The artwork shows a four-man Continental gun crew with cannon and ammunition.

In addition to the usual sheets of four hundred, cut into panes of one hundred for post office sales, the stamp was also issued in sheets of twenty-five inscribed in the selvage for the International Philatelic Exhibition in New York (USA Scott 630). These souvenir sheets were actually printed on site at the exhibition on a flat plate press set up for the occasion.

Gordon T. Trotter

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