Puerto Rico - La Fortaleza

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Puerto Rico - The central subject of the stamp is a reproduction of the old Govenor's Palace known as "La Fortaleza", the oldest executive mansion in the hemisphere still used for that purpose. The original Fortaleza, completed in 1540, has been altered and expanded through the years and is also known today as El Palacio de Santa Catalina.

La Fortaleza which name appears at the lower edge of the design in dark Gothic on a light ground. Above the central design is the inscription "U.S. Postage" in dark Gothic. In each upper corner of the stamp are three squares of ornamental grille work. Similar grille work in each lower corner is partly obscured by eight-sided panels with dark ground, containing the denomination designation "3c" in white. In a narrow panel with dark ground at the lower edge of the stamp is the name "Puerto Rico" in white-faced Roman.

This stamp for Puerto Rico is part of the Territorial Series-Issue of 1937, which also included Hawaii, Alaska and the U.S Virgin Islands. This series of stamps was issued as a tribute to the outlying possessions of the United States.

A different shade of purple ink was used for each stamp, all of which were printed by the rotary process and issued in sheets of 50.

The stamp was issued third in the series and was first sold at San Juan, Puerto Rico on 25 November 1937.

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