The Trial Color Process for the 1890 Issue   1889-1890

The Colors Originally Proposed by the American Bank Note Company

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Carmine
Dark Violet
Deep Dull Orange
Chestnut Brown
Indigo
Orange Vermillion







The color proposed for the 1890 issue if the current(large) size of stamps was continued
Overprinted "SAMPLE"


The color proposed for the 1890 issue if the new(small) size of stamps was continued
Overprinted "SAMPLE A"


The color as finally accepted.
A Plate Proof Block on stamp paper