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
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