These collectible postage stamps were issued to commemorate the one-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the Mississippi Territory. Each stamp is 0.84 by 1.44 inches in dimension, arranged horizontally, printed by the rotary process in maroon, electric-eye perforated.
The central design is an outline map showing the Mississippi Territory and its growth from 1798 to 1812, the left portion of which is a dark tone denoting the State of Mississippi as it is today. Upon this map is superimposed the Seal of the Mississippi Territory reproduced from the original form wherein the second syllable in Mississippi has only one “s.” In the upper right portion of the stamp is a portrait of Governor Winthrop Sargent, the first Governor of the Mississippi Territory, directly below which is the name in white Gothic. Across the top in dark Gothic is the wording “1798 Mississippi Territory 1948.” The left border is formed by a dark vertical panel in which is the wording “U.S. Postage” in white Gothic. The dates 1798, 1804, and 1812, denoting the area of the territory at that time, are in white Gothic as is the denomination “3” in the lower right corner on a dark background.
These stamps were first placed on sale at Natchez, Miss., on April 7, 1948.
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