Q is for Quality

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Quality Cinderella Stamp

One of the reasons people collect stamps is the high quality of design and production. Many collectors regard the $1 Western Cattle in Storm {1898} as the most beautiful stamp ever produced in America. The subject matter, the composition with its intricate border, and the fine engraving combine to make this a miniature masterpiece.

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$1 Western Cattle in Storm Essay

This is is an essay, or trial design, rather than a proof of the stamp as issued. It is printed from two separate engraving plates, one for the frame and one for hte central image. The actual stamp was produced from one plate in a single color. United States, 1898.