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Railroad Engineers Issue

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3-cent Railroad Engineers single

The Post Office Department issued this 3-cent stamp through the Jackson, Tennessee, post office, on April 29, 1950, in honor of the Railroad Engineers of America. The central design is a portrait of John Luther "Casey" Jones (1864-1900) superimposed on a locomotive wheel. Jones, a locomotive engineer, was killed in a train wreck near Vaughn, Mississippi. Just below the portrait appears the name in white Gothic. To the left of the central design is an artist's conception of the type of engine used by "Casey" Jones, and on the right appears a modern locomotive. The top border is formed by a lightly shaded panel in which is the wording "Honoring Railroad Engineers of America" in dark Gothic. Across the bottom in a dark panel is "United States Postage" in white Roman. Centered just above this panel in the same style is the word "cents," at each end of which is the denomination numeral "3" in dark Roman on a shaded circular background ornamented with laurel leaves.

The stamp was printed by the rotary process in maroon, electric-eye perforated, and issued in panes of fifty subjects each.

Reference: Postal Bulletin (April 11, 1950)

Jeffrie H Lovell

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