Father Marquette, the Jesuit priest, who explored many of the rivers in the United States is commemorated on this sheet of 50 unused 6 cent US vintage postage stamps. The stamps were issued on September 20, 1968 and were designed by Stanley W. Galli. They were issued in conjunction with 300th anniversary of the Sault Ste. Marie Mission.
This apple green stamp features Father Marquette & Louis Joliet along with 2 paddlers in a canoe. Verbiage on the stamp: “Marquette Explorer United States 6¢”
Each stamp measures just over 1 1/2" wide by 1" inch tall (3.8cm x 2.5cm) . The entire sheet measures 10 1/4" wide x 9" tall (26.0cm x 22.9cm).
These stamps are “mint” – meaning they have never been used & have their original glue. All perforations are intact. They have yellowed a bit with age.
Marquette was a French Jesuit priest whose life as a missionary epitomized the principles of discovery and exploration. In 1673 he was selected by Louis Joliet as an interpreter and companion in the exploration of the Mississippi River. He’s gone down in history for exploring the Mississippi, Illinois, and Wisconsin Rivers and has many towns and a university named after him.
My grand-aunt collected these. She was not a “true” stamp collector & basically stored them in manila envelopes. Whenever the USPS came out with a new stamp – especially a commemorative one – she purchased at least one sheet & put them away in her envelopes. To see more of her stamps that we have listed, go here: https://www.artyah.com/browse/c8750478-c9633329-c9635729-c9635783-c9636775/antiques_vintage-vintage_20_years_old_or_more-paper_party-paper-stamps?Seller=4Get-Me-NotTreasures&CategoryID=9636775&CompletedListings=false
These stamps are great for collectors both young and old alike. Stamps are a great gift for someone born on the day the stamps were issued. Frame them and give them as a nice and thoughtful gift – or keep them for yourself.
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