756-765 Scott Catalog numbers WITH ORIGINAL GUM. This is the ever popular National Parks issue complete in blocks of 4 except these have original gum and are never hinged. Centering is very fine or better.Again, these are with post office gum! The National Parks were first issued in 1934 as normal perforated stamps catalog numbers 740-749. Soon after a scandal erupted when the public learned many politicians received full sized press sheets as souvenirs or thank you gifts.
In 1935 Postmaster General James Farley made available to the public many of the stamps current at the time in press sheet form. These were called special printings and were most often imperforate and without gum.
The National Parks issues #756-765 formed a large part of these special printings. 5 YEARS LATER, in 1940, the post office offered to gum full sheets of the National Parks issue. Very few people did this so very few exist.As gummed issues they only made it into the catalog a few years ago. Without gum these are common. With gum they are among the rarest of all 20th century commemorative stamps. I have seen sheets of Columbians & Trans-Mississippis more often than I've seen singles or blocks of these, and that is after 50 years in the stamp business.
This set is very fine or better, with original gum as applied by the post office in 1940 and never hinged. There are a few minor gum bends & gum skips. It won't be easy to find one. Scans 3 & 4 are the gum side. Scan 3 shows L-R 10 cent, 8 cent, 5 cent, 1 cent.
Scan 4 shows column 1, 6 cent, 7 cent, 9 cent; column 2, 2 cent, 3 cent, 4 cent. Once they have your item it is beyond our control. The item "756-65 National Parks Issue Mint Original Gum Never Hinged Blocks of 4" is in sale since Tuesday, May 12, 2015. This item is in the category "Stamps\United States\1901-40\ Unused". The seller is "occsteve" and is located in Huntington Beach, California.This item can be shipped to United States.