Columbus in Sight of Land

Columbus in Sight of Land Maximum Cards

Stock #: 235744
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
Publisher: Fleetwood
Postmark: 1992 May-22
PM City: Chicago
PM State: IL
Stamp: $1
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)

Additional Details:
First Day of Issue: May 22, 1992 First Issue Location: Chicago, Illinois At two in the morning on October 12, 1492, a sailor named Juan Rodriguez Bermejo or Rodrigo de Triana sighted land from the deck of the Pinta, one of Christopher Columbus' three ships. It had been more than a month since the men had seen land as they bobbed west on an empty, lonely ocean. According to legend, disbelievers among the crew were finally convinced that Columbus was divinely inspired and fell to their knees in front of him. This legend was the inspiration of a painting created by George William Henry Powell (1823-1879). In the center of Powell's painting stands a staunch, controlled Columbus among his elated and reverent men. It is believed that engravers crafted the 1-cent Columbus in Sight of Land stamp from Powell's work. Of the 16 commemorative stamps issued in 1892 for the Chicago Exposition, this stamp departs the farthest from the original painting. The original, which is held in a private collection in New York City, was once thought "lost."