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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

TEXAS CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE STAMP-ISSUE OF 1936

This special postage stamp in the 3-cent denomination was issued to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Texas independence.

The stamp size is , 84/100 by 14 44/100 inches in dimension, arranged horizontally. It is enclosed in a double-line border, and is printed in purple. Within upright oval panels on either side of the stamp are portraits of Sam Houston at the left and Stephen F. Austin at the right, with their names in dark Gothic letters in narrow curved panels on white ground at the base of the ovals. In the upper central part of the stamp, partially superimposed over a large white star, is the inscription, "United States postage, Texas Centennial, 1836-1936", in dark Gothic, arranged in three horizontal lines. The lower part of the central design is a reproduction of the historic Alamo, with the title "The Alamo" in dark Gothic, in a narrow hori­zontal panel with white ground at the center of the lower edge of the stamp. The denomi­nation designation "3c" in dark lettering is shown in square panels with white ground in each lower corner of the stamp.

The stamp was first offered for sale at the post office in GonzaJes, Tex., on March 2, 1936.


RHODE ISLAND TERCENTENARY COMMEMORATIVE STAMP-ISSUE OF 1936

This special postage stamp in the 3-cent denomination was issued to commemorate the tercentenary anniversary of the founding of Rhode Island.

The stamp size is , 84/100 by 1 44/100 inches in dimension, arranged vertically. It is enclosed in a double-line border and is printed in purple. The words "U. S. postage" appear in dark Gothic lettering in a horizontal line at the top of the stamp, underneath which are the dates "1636" at the left and "1936" at the right in dark Gothic, between ornamental lines.

The central design is a likeness of Roger Williams modeled from a photograph of the statue in Roger Williams Park at Providence, R. I. The title "Roger Williams" appears on the base of the statue in dark Gothic. Between the base of the statue and the right side of the stamp is a circular panel with white ground enclosing the denomination designation "3c" in dark lettering. In a corresponding position at the left is a reproduction of the central design of the State seal of Rhode Island. In a hori­zontal panel with white edges and dark ground at the base of the stamp, arranged in two lines, are the words "Rhode Island" above and "Tercentenary" below in white Roman lettering. The stamp was printed by the rotary process without straight edges and was issued in sheets containing 50 stamps.

The stamp was first offered at the post office in Providence, May 4, 1936.


SOUVENIR SHEET OF 3-CENT POSTAGE STAMPS-ISSUE OF 1936

This special sheet containing four 3-cent stamps embracing the Connecticut Tercentenary, California Pacific Exposition, and Michigan and Texas Centennial commemorative issues, was provided as a souvenir of the Third International Philatelic Exhibition of 1936, held in the Grand Central Palace, New York City, May 9 to 17, 1936.

The special stamp sheet is approximately 35/8 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches high, with the following inscriptions on the margins: "Printed by the Treasury Department, Bureau of Engraving and Printing", at the left; "Under Authority of James A. Farley, Postmaster General", at the top; "In Compliment to the Third International Phil­atelic Exhibition of 1936", at the right; and "New York, N.Y., May 9-17, 1936", at the lower edge. The sheet is printed in purple and was gummed but not perforated.

The souvenir sheet of four different issues of commemorative stamps was first placed on sale at the branch Philatelic Agency, Grand Central Palace, New York, N.Y., on May 9, 1936.


ARKANSAS CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE STAMP-ISSUE OF 1936

This special postage stamp was issued in commemoration of the centennial anniversary of Arkansas statehood.

The stamp is the same size as the special delivery stamp, 84/100 by 1 44/100 inches in dimension, arranged horizontally. It is enclosed in a double-line border and is printed in purple. The central design of the stamp is a view of the old Statehouse, showing the portico of the central building and portion of the right wing, enclosed in a circular panel. On a white ribbon panel along the lower edge of the circle is the title "Old State House" in solid Gothic. At the left, partly below the central design, is a repre­sentation of the first settlement in Arkansas, above which appears the name "Arkansas Post" in solid Gothic, arranged in two lines. In a corresponding position at the right is pictured the present State capitol with the name above in dark Gothic in two lines. In each lower corner within cir­cular panels, with double-line borders and solid ground, is the denomination numeral "3c" in white architectural Roman. At the center of the lower edge of the stamp in a narrow horizontal panel with white edges and ornamental ends is the inscription "U. S. postage", and directly underneath "Three cents" in white Roman lettering. Arranged in solid Gothic lettering in the upper cor­ners is the wording "Arkansas" at the left with the date "1836" below, and "Centen­nial" at the right with the date "1936" un­derneath. The stamp was printed by the rotary process without straight edges and was issued in sheets containing 50 stamps.

The new stamp was first offered for sale at the post office in Little Rock, Ark., on June 15, 1936.


OREGON TERRITORY COMMEMORATIVE POSTAGE STAMP-ISSUE OF 1936

This special stamp was authorized to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the opening of the Oregon Territory.

The stamp size is, 84/100 by 1 44/100 inches in dimension, arranged horizontally. It is enclosed in a double-line border and is printed in purple. Within a horizontal panel with dark ground along the upper edgeof the stamp is the wording "1836 Oregon Territory 1936" in white Roman lettering. The central design is a map of the old Ore­gon Territory comprising the present States of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, together with parts of Montana and Wyoming. Marked on the map are the five places, one in each State, selected, for historical rea­sons, to have the first-day sale. There is also shown an outline of the old Oregon Trail.

In the vertical space between the ends of the rectangular panel containing the central design and the outer edge of the stamp there is, at the left, a western scene depicting a mounted Indian on a rocky promontory with wigwams on either side, behind which are shown trees and mountains. In a similar position at the right is portrayed a covered wagon train of the early pioneer days emerg­ing from a pass in the mountains. The figures of the two front horses partly ex­tend over the edge of the map panel.

In each lower corner is a circular panel with white edges and dark ground enclosing the large numeral "3" in white modernized Roman. In a narrow panel with dark ground along the lower edge of the stamp is the in­scription "U.S. postage" and "Three cents" in white Roman, arranged in two lines. The lower line is extended by three white stars at either end. Short white lines with curved inner ends extend from lower corners of the map to the circles containing the denomina­tion numeral. The stamp was printed by the rotary process without straight edges and was issued in sheets containing 50 stamps.

The stamp was first offered for sale at the following post offices on July 14, 1936: Lewiston, Idaho; Missoula, Mont.; Astoria, Oreg.; Walla Walla, Wash.; and Daniel, Wyo.


SUSAN B. ANTHONY COMMEMORATIVE POSTAGE STAMP-ISSUE OF 1936

This special postage stamp was issued in honor of Susan B. Anthony in connection with the sixteenth anniversary of the ratification of the nineteenth amendment granting suf­frage to women.

The stamp is of the ordinary size, 75/100 by 85/100 inch in dimension, arranged vertically. It is enclosed in a double-line border and is printed in purple. In a horizontal panel with dark ground across the top of the stamp is the wording "U.S. Postage" in white Roman. The central design is a portrait of Susan B. Anthony looking to the left. The portrait is enclosed in an oval frame with white edges and dark ground. On a curved ribbon with white ground at the base of the portrait is the name "Susan B. Anthony", in dark Gothic. In a narrow panel with dark ground along the lower edge of the stamp is the inscription "Suffrage for Women", in white Gothic. Im­mediately above, on either side, within circular panels with white edges and dark p;round is the denomination designation "3c" in white. The stamp was printed by the rotary process and was issued in sheets of 100 stamps.

The stamp was first offered for sale at the Washington, D.C., post office on August 26, 1936.


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