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 stamp was issued to commemorate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the admission of Kentucky to the Union.

The stamp is 84/100 by 1 44/100 inches in dimension, arranged horizontally. It is printed in purple by the rotary process and issued in sheets of 50. The central design is a reproduction of the Gilbert White mural in the State Capitol at Frankfort, depicting Daniel Boone and three companions standing on a promontory and gazing across the Kentucky River to the land on the opposite shore where the city of Frankfort now lies. The design is enelosed in an arch, and in the upper left corner is the inscription "United States" in two lines. In a corresponding position in the upper right corner is the inscription "Postage "3c" also in two lines. Across the bottom of the stamp is the wording, "Sesquicentennial of the Statehood of Kentucky," with the dates "1792" and "1942" appearing in the lower left and right corners, respectively. Alllettering is in dark Gothic.

The stamp was first placed on sale at Frankfort, Kentucky, on June I, 1942.


This stamp was issued to symbolize the Nation's war effort and victory goal on the an­niversary of American Independence, and to displace, eventually, the 3-cent National Defense Stamp.

The stamp is 75/100 by 87/100 inch in dimension, arranged vertically. It is printed in purple by the rotary process and issued in sheets of 100. The central design is a repro­duction of the American eagle with wings outstretched in the form of a large V. Encircling the eagle are 13 stars, and in a curved panel with dark background, imposed on the design, is the inscription "WIN THE WAR." The denomination designation "3c" is shown in two places below the design, at the left and the right, and across the bottom of the stamp is the inscription "UNITED STATES POSTAGE." All lettering is in white Gothic.

The stamp was first placed on sale at Wash­ington, D.C., on July 4, 1942.


This stamp was issued to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the resistance of the Chinese people to Japanese aggression, and as a tribute to the efforts of China to preserve the principles of free government for its people.

The stamp is 84/100 by 1 44/100 inches in dimension, arranged horizontally. It is printed in blue by the rotary process and issued in sheets of 50. In the upper left corner, arranged in an oval frame, is a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, and in a like arrangement in the upper right corner is a portrait of Dr. Sun Yatsen, the first president of the Chinese Republic. Between the portraits is a contour map of China, on the lower edge of which is superimposed a design of the sun, with triangular rays, representing the national symbol used on the flag of China. In two horizontal lines within the sun are the dates "July 7, 1937," and "July 7, 1942," between which are four Chinese characters meaning, "Fight the War and Build the Country." Be­low the portrait of Lincoln, arranged in three lines, is the wording, "Of the people, by the people, for the people," and in a similar position under the portrait of Dr. Sun Yatsen are three columns of Chinese characters of corresponding meaning. The denomination designation "5c" is shown in the lower left corner of the stamp, to the right of which, in a horizontal line, is the wording "United States Postage." All inscriptions except those under the portraits, are in dark lettering.

The stamp was first placed on sale at Denver, Colorado, on July 7, 1942.