The next stamp in the series is the six cent Crater Lake stamp. The image used to create the design is shown below:
This was used to create a single essay. The following is the photographic essay, along with the information sheet, from the Director, Bureau of Engraving and Printing's collection:
Here's an example of the issued stamp, to use for comparison with the essay:
In discussing the previous issue, the five cent Yellowstone Park issue, I had stated the difficulty in finding well centered plate blocks. The six cent issue seems to have less of a problem with centering as the following two plate blocks demonstrate. The first image is a top plate block with the "F" registration:
The next plate block shows how closely the bottom margin is on these issues. This is actually a large bottom margin, as I've seen many plate blocks where the plate number is partially cut off at bottom.
This issue, at six cents, was used primarily to pay the domestic airmail rate of the period. The following is an interesting advertising cover using the stamp in the period:
Finally, to continue the First Day Covers for this series, I've selected a group to share with you.
The first cover is another of the hand-tinted covers created by Clara H. Fawcett. I really like these FDC's:
There are a few FDC's where were created for one stamp in the series and not used on any others. Sometimes, the cachet maker was known to the catalog editors to have made cachets for other stamps in the series, but not for all of them. The first cover falls into that category. It should be listed in Planty-Mellone as 745-19, as it is in the same format as other 1st design A.A. Heller cachets, but it isn't. I'm finding there are a LOT of covers not listed in Planty-Mellone. Here's the cover I believe to be an extension of the known issues by A.A. Heller. Let me know if you agree!
The next cover is one of the former types, issued only for a single denomination and no others. This is listed in Planty-Mellone as being the 1st Myron F. McCamley cachet, 745-22:
Last, I have two covers with the same basic design, but issued in two different colors for the same stamp. When working with FDC's of the period, it is necessary to pay very close attention to detail. Again, this stamp was used primarily for airmail. The first example of the Top Notch cachet is in orange, with no marking for airmail use:
This second example, again by Top Notch, changes the color of the outer ring of the cachet to blue and added the AIR MAIL at right to the cachet. There is no listing of the variety in the catalog:
I hope you continue to enjoy these listings. Comments and questions are always welcome!
Next, I'll discuss the seven cent issue for Acadia National Park.