US 1325 Plate Block Erie Canal
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USA 1967 Erie Canal Plate Block of 4 Postage Stamps, MNH

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These 5-cent stamps commemorating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Erie Canal were first placed on sale on July 4, 1967, in Rome, New York, where the groundbreaking for the canal occurred on that date in 1817.

The Erie Canal, an engineering marvel of its day, had a tremendous impact on the country. It provided low-cost transportation that opened the Midwest to commerce and settlers and made New York City a great port. The canal was forty feet wide, four feet deep, and stretched 363 miles from the Hudson River, just north of Troy, westward to Buffalo. Eighty-three locks lifted boats 568 feet, the difference in altitude between the Hudson and Lake Erie.

Condition: mint never hinged.