C278 Portraits of the Wild West

Issue Date: August 14, 2008

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On August 14, 2008, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued 16 new stamps featuring Portraits of the Wild West. The character of the Wild West was molded by a wide variety of rugged individuals: trappers, traders, cowboys, prospectors, explorers, showmen and, of course, Native Americans. The first white settlers bought cattle from the Mexicans in Texas, driving the herds northward across the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains. They built ranches, put down roots and made the land productive. For the most part, they were tough, single-minded business people on horseback who knew how to survive in an isolated, inhospitable region that offered only wild prairie grass and the occasional free-flowing stream. They learned how to cope with solitude, failure and backbreaking toil, while battling the hazards of nature and each other. Some survived and some didn't. But many of those who did became legendary. Featuring artwork by world-renowned artist Chris Calle, the stamps depict 16 of the most famous characters from the bygone days of the American Wild West.


  • Issue: Portraits of the Wild West
  • Face Value: 16 x $0.42
  • Issue Date: August 14, 2008
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Stamp Artists: Chris Calle
  • First Day Cover Design: Herb Kawainui Kane
  • Printing Process: Cyan, black, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Pioneer Printing, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Vertical
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 16
  • Designs per Sheet: 16
  • Overall Sheet Size: 160mm x 202mm
  • Size of Stamps: 34mm x 43mm
  • Issue Number: C278
  • Stamp Numbers:
    (25-1) Wild Bill Hickok
    (25-2) Jim Bridger
    (25-3) Geronimo
    (25-4) Charles Goodnight
    (25-5) Chief Joseph
    (25-6)Kit Carson
    (25-7)Jim Beckwourth
    (25-8) Wyatt Earp
    (25-9) Bat Masterson
    (25-10) Bill Pickett
    (25-11) Bill Tilghman
    (25-12) Annie Oakley
    (25-13) Buffalo Bill Cody
    (25-14) Nellie Cashman
    (25-15) Sacagawea
    (25-16) John Fremont
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last
  • Stamp designs ©2008 Marshall Islands Postal Service. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 6.72 Portraits of the Wild West
    US$ .42 Wild Bill Hikock
    US$ .42 Jim Bridger
    US$ .42 Geronimo
    US$ .42 Charles Goodnight
    US$ .42 Chief Joseph
    US$ .42 Kit Carson
    US$ .42 Jim Beckwourth
    US$ .42 Wyatt Earp
    US$ .42 Bat Masterson
    US$ .42 Bill Pickett
    US$ .42 Bill Tilghman
    US$ .42 Annie Oakley
    US$ .42 Buffalo Bill Cody
    US$ .42 Nellie Cashman
    US$ .42 Sacagawea
    US$ .42 John Fremont

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    Mint Sheet of 16 None 4660099

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