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Arthur Banta

 (1869 - 1945)
Arthur Clarence Banta was active/lived in California, Indiana.  Arthur Banta is known for design.

Biography   Arthur Banta

Arthur Clarence Banta was born in Indiana on July 10, 1869.  While a resident of Fresno in 1894, Banta organized a bicycle brigade to deliver mail to San Francisco due to the railroad strike. 

He designed a bicycle stamp and a die was cut by engraver Eugene Donze.  This stamp was the first in the U.S. with a bicycle on it and the first green 25 cent stamp. 

A resident of San Francisco in 1935, he died in Oakland, CA on Oct. 1, 1945.

Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Art and Artists of 19th Century Fresno (Ralph J. Gorny); Oakland Post Enquirer, 8-11-1941; Death record.

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