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Stock #: 235743
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
Publisher: Fleetwood
Postmark: 1992 May-22
PM City: Chicago
PM State: IL
Stamp: $5
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)

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First Day of Issue: May 22, 1992; First Issue Location: Chicago, Illinois. He was born in the town of Genoa in 1451 to Domenico Colombo and Suzanna Fontanarossa and from a young age, he looked to the open sea for answers. This much we know about the man who "discovered" the New World. We also know - with the benefit of our 20th centure hindsight - that he was a man of contradictions. Famous and infamous, courageous yet jealous, convincing but arrogant. We don't even really know what he looked like and this is evident in the numerous paintings of Columbus: no two are alike. Significantly, the mystery surrounding Columbus the man also surrounds the $5 Columbus stamp of the 1893 Columbian Exposition series. No one can prove what work of art the stamp was taken from. However, some solid evidence seems to point in the direction of a medal designed by Olin L. Warner. The profile on the stamp is remarkably similar to that of Warner's medal. The 1892 Columbian Half Dollar also bears what appears to be the same bust of Columbus on the obverse
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