C312 Carousel Horses

Issue Date: August 12, 2010

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On August 12, 2010, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issues six new stamps featuring Carousel Horses. During the late 17th and early 18th centuries, young French noblemen honed their jousting skills by straddling legless wooden "horses" attached to a contraption pushed around a center pole by a servant. Stationed nearby was a post from whicha brass ring dangled, waiting to be speared. This game of "catching the brass ring" became the forerunner of the present-day carousel. The first carousels were powered by horses, mules or even men who cranked the rotation mechanism manually. By 1860, English engineer Frederick Savage had designed a portable center-mounted steam engine capable of propelling three or four rows of carousel horses on platforms up to 48 feet in diameter. He later developed a system of overhead gears that moved the festive mounts in their familiar up-and-down motion.

Specification Text: TECHNICAL DATA

  • Issue: Carousel Horses
  • Face Value: 6 x $0.44
  • Issue Date: August 12, 2010
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Stamp Artist: 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: 12
  • Designs per Sheet: 6
  • Overall Sheet Size: 117mm x 190mm
  • Size of Stamps: 31mm x 40mm
  • Issue Number: C312
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last
  • Stamp designs ©2010 Marshall Islands Postal Service Authority. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 2.64 Carousel Horses

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    Item Description Withdrawal Date Stock
    Number (SKU)
    US$ Price
    Block of 6 None 4664264
    Full Sheet of 2 Blocks of 6 None 4664353

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