United States Postage Stamps
A History

Regular, Commementive, Memorial Issues
diamondIntroduction ~ Series of 1847
diamond Series of 1851
diamond Series of 1861
diamond Series of 1869
diamond Issues of 1870
diamond Issues of 1890&3
diamond Columbian Series of 1893
diamond Isues of 1894
diamond Trans-Mississippi Exposition Stamps of 1898
diamond Pan-American Stamps of 1901
diamond Series of 1902-3
diamond Lousiana Purchase Commemorative Stamps of 1904
diamond Jamestown Commemorative Stamps of 1907
diamond Issues of 1908-9
diamond Issues of 1909
diamond Issues of 1912
diamondPanama-Pacific Commemorative Stamps of 1913
diamond Issues of 1914-5
diamond Issues of 1918
diamond Issues of 1919
diamond Pilgram Tercentenary Commemorative Stamps of 1920
diamond Issues of 1922-23
diamond Issue of 1923
diamond Huguenot-Walloon Tercentenary Stamps of 1924
diamond Issues of 1925
diamond Issues of 1926
diamond Issues of 1927
diamond Issues of 1928
diamond Issues of 1929
diamond Issues of 1930
diamond Isues of 1931
diamond Washington Bicentennal Commemorative Stamps of 1932 & other Issues
diamond Issues of 1933
diamond Issues of 1934
diamond Issues of 1935
diamond Special Souvenior sheets of 1935
diamond Issues of 1936
diamond Issues of 1937
diamond Issues of 1938
diamond Issues of 1939
diamond Famous Americans Commem's of 1940 & Others
diamond Vnmont Statehood of 1941
diamond Issues of 1942
diamond Overrun Countries commem's of 1943-44 & Others
diamond Issues of 1944
diamond Roosevelt and Armed Forces Series of 1945 & Others
diamond Issues of 1946
diamond Issues of 1947

Air Mail Stamps
diamond Issues of 1918-1947
Carriers' Stamps
diamond Issues of 1851
Newspaper & Periodical Stamps
diamond Issues of 1865
diamond Issues of 1875
diamond Issues of 1895
Offical Postage Stamps
diamond Issues of 1873-1884
Parcel Post Stamps
diamond Issues of 1912-1913
Postage Due Stamps
diamond Issues of 1879-1930
Parcel Post Postage Due Stamps
diamond  Issues of 1912
Postal Savings Offical Stamps
diamond Issues of 1910-1911
Postal Savings Stamps
diamond Issue of 1911
Registry Stamp
diamond Issue of 1911
Special Delivery Air Mail Stamp
diamond Issue of 1934-1936
Special Delivery Stamps
diamond Issues of 1885-1925
Special Handling Stamp
diamond Issue of 1925

United States Postage Stamps

1847 through 1947 ~ The first 100 years


The Valley Forge stamp was issued to commemorate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the encampment of Washington'sArmy at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78.

This stamp is the same shape and size as the ordinary stamp, 75/100 by 87/100 inch, and is printed in red ink. The vignette shows Washington kneeling in prayer. Across the top of the stamp in a straight line are the words "U. S. postage" in white Roman letters, and on a ribbon above the vignette are the words "Valley Forge" with the years "1778" and "1928." The white numeral "2" appears in both lower corners within circles, which are connected by a panel bearing the word "Cents." On a ribbon above the panel are the words "In God We Trust" in small Gothic letters.

The Valley Forge commemorative stamp was first placed on sale May 26, 1928, at Cleveland, Ohio; Valley Forge, Philadelphia, Lancaster, Norristown, and West Chester, Pa., and Washington, D.C.


A special issue of overprinted postage stamps was placed on sale in Hawaiian post offices in connection with the sesquicentennial celebration held August 15 to 20, 1928.

The issue was prepared by overprinting a quantity of 2-cent and 5-cent stamps of the 1922-23 series, with the overprint "Hawaii" across the upper half of the stamp, and the dates "1778-1928" below. The overprint was in black ink on Loth stamps.

The overprinted stamps were first placed on sale August 13, 1928, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and at other Hawaiian post offices as soon thereafter as distribution could be made.

The overprinted stamps were not issued to post offices outside of the Hawaiian Islands, but a limited supply was placed on sale in the Philatelic Agency for the convenience of stamp collectors.

The Hawaiian overprinted stamps are valid for the prepayment of postage at all post offices using ordinary United States stamps.


This stamp was issued to commemorate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth and as a memorial to Molly Pitcher, the popular heroine of the engagement.

The issue consists of ordinary 2-cent stamps of the series of 1922-23 overprinted with the words "Molly Pitcher" arranged in two hori­zontal lines across the face of the stamp. The overprint is in black.

The overprinted Monmouth anniversary stamps were first offered for sale October 20, 1928, at the post offices in Freehold, N.J., Red Bank, N.J., and Washington, D.C.



This series of special stamps was issued connection with the International Civil Ae nautics Conference, which was held in Waington, D.C., on December 12, 13, and 1928, on the call of President Coolidge.

The stamps are 80/100 by 1 44/100 inches. The 2-cent stamp is printed in red and the 5-cent stamp in blue. The stamps are enclosed at the top and sides in a dark border panel with the wording "U. S. postage" in white Roman lettering along the upper edge with a small scroll at each end. Under the panel in small solid architectural Roman lettering are the words "Internatioal Civil Aeronautics Conference." On either side of the central designs are shown on left the Washington Monument, and on right the United States Capitol. In both lower corners are rectangular shields containing the denomination numerals "2" or "5" in white. In a ribbon panel with folded elnds between the numerals are the dates "December 12, 13, 14, 1928." Under the ribbon is a  base panel with the word "Cents" in white Roman lettering.

The central design of the 2-cent stamp shows the airplane used by the Wright brothers in their first successful flight Kitty Hawk, N.C. The 5-cent stamp has the central design a modern monoplane flight with an outline of the globe in background.

The stamps were first placed on sale December 12, 1928, in Washington, D.C.