Designs of the 1908 Series – Washington Franklins with the “Washington” Design

Printed by The Bureau of Engraving and Printing · Designer: Claire Aubrey Huston · Engravers: Marcus W. Baldwin,
Robert F. Ponickau and E. M. Hall
Shorthand and Abbreviations: Design Size is in millimeters ·
  "EDU" = Earliest Documented Usage · "Wmk" = Watermark · "SE" = Straight-Edge · "
bklt" = booklet pane
Quantity issued are approximations based on USPOD records.

  1¢ Washington – Series of 1911

Quantity Issued:
38,981,000,000 regular issue stamps; 2,544,000,000 booklet stamps and
4,005,000,000 coil stamps       


Cat. #  Issue Date* EDU Type Perf Wmk Method Design Size Colors Possible SE* Usage
405 2/14/1912 2/2/1912* sheet 12 x 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  light to dark green  
& yellow green
on any side The 1¢ stamp saw heavy usage paying the post card rate, but was also used on ordinary mail with other stamps to make up the rate.

On unsealed matter, one cent paid the 2nd-class rate per ounce up to two oz. and the 3rd-class rate (bulk mailings) for the first two ounces.

Fourth class matter was uniformly one cent per ounce until Jan. 1, 1913 and this stamp paid for the first ounce.
The one-cent stamp also paid the local, intra-city, first-class rate at post offices with no carrier service. Cities with carrier service
charged the going first class rate, that is 2¢

405b 2/10/1912 1/16/1912* booklet 12 x 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  on any side
408 3/9/1912 4/4/1912  sheet imperf. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  green to dark green & yellow green
408 10/22/1914 Kansas City Roulette S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22 
408V 5/17/1912 vert. coil imperf. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  green to dark green 
& yellow green
408H hor. coil imperf. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22 
410 3/18/1912 4/17/1912 vert. coil 8½ hor.. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  green to dark green & yellow green
412 5/18/1912 5/21/1912   hor. coil 8½ vert. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  green to deep green
424 9/5/1914 10/11/1914  sheet 10 x 10 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  green, bright, dark 
&, yellow green
on any side
423A 1/8/1914  sheet 12 x 10 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22 
423D 12/19/1914  sheet 10 x 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22 
424 ~12/1913 12/20/1913  booklet 10 x 10 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  green, yellow green on any side
441 11/14/1914 2/16/1915 vert. coil 10 hor.. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  green, deep green
443 5/29/1914 6/19/1914   hor. coil 10 vert. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  green, deep green
448 12/12/1915 12/11/1915 vert. coil 10 hor.. S/L rotary press 18.5-19 x 22.5+ green, light green
452 ~11/1914 11/25/1914   hor. coil 10 vert. S/L rotary press 19.5+ x 22 green, deep green
462 9/27/1916 10/25/16  sheet 10 x 10 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  green, light, blue
& dark green
on any side
462a 10/15/1916 4/5/1917  booklet 10 x 10 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  green, blue & dark green on any side
481 12/8/1916 11/17/1916  sheet imperforate none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  green, light, blue
& dark green
on any side
486 1/10/1918 6/30/1918 vert. coil 10 hor.. none rotary press 18.5-19 x 22.5+ green, bright, deep & yellow green
490 11/17/1916 1/3/1917   hor. coil 10 vert. none rotary press 19.5+ x 22 green, blue, dark,
deep & yellow green
498 3/23/1917 4/19/1917  sheet 11 x 11 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  light to dark green, blue & yellow
green
on any side
498e 4/6/1917 3/30/1917  booklet (6) 11 x 11 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  green, blue, dark,
deep & yellow green
on any side
498f ~ 8/1917 8/8/1917  AEF bklt (30)
· 11 x 11
none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  yellow green, blue green on any side
498g perf 11×10 top or bottom none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22 
525 12/24/1918 12/24/1918  sheet 11 x 11 none offset 18.5-19 x 22  blue, light, gray,
sage & yellow green
on any side
525a dark emerald geen variety  sheet 11 x 11 none offset 18.5-19 x 22  dark emerald green on any side
531 1/21/1919 3/17/1919  sheet imperforate none offset 18.5-19 x 22  green, gray to dark gray
green
on any side
536 8/15/1919 8/21/1919  sheet 12.5×12.5 none offset 18.5-19 x 22  gray green -Rossback perfs on any side
538 6/14/1919 6/28/1919 11x 10 coil waste none rotary press 19.5+ x 22 green, blue green, yellow
green
542  5/26/1920 5/26/1920 10 x 11 coil waste none rotary press 18.5-19 x 22.75 green, blue to deep blue green
543 5/26/1921 5/21/1921* 10 x 10 sheet stamp none rotary press 18.5-19 x 22.5+ green to deep green on any side
544 ~5/1921 12/17/1922 11 x 11 sheet-waste none rotary press 18.5-19 x 22.5+ green on any side
545 ~5/1921 6/25/1921 11 x 11 coil waste none rotary press 19.5+ x 22 green, dark gray green, yellow
green
  "Two
Cents" Washington – Series of 1908

Quantity Issued: 15,590,000,000 regular issue stamps; 958,300,000 booklet stamps and 254,100,000 coil stamps      


Cat. #  Issue
Date
EDU Type Perf Wmk Method Design Size Colors  Possible SE Usage
332 12/1/1908 12/3/1908  sheet 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  light to dark carmine on any side The two cent stamp paid first class postage on ordinary mail for the first ounce for the greater part of this stamp’s life. During World War I, specifically from November 2, 1917 until June 30, 1919, the War Emergency rate was three cents. It returned to two cents on July 1, 1919.
332a 11/16/1908 11/16/1908  booklet 12 x 12  D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  light to dark carmine on any side
332b  sheet 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  lake on any side
344 ~12/1908 12/7/1908  sheet imperforate D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  light to dark carmine
344V 10/13/1909 vert. coil imperforate D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  light to dark carmine
344H 3/23/09 hor. coil imperforate D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  light to dark carmine
349 1/2/1909 5/14/1909 vert. coil 12 hor.. D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine, dark carmine
353 1/12/1909 6/14/1909   hor. coil 12 vert. D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  light to dark carmine
358 2/16/1909 2/23/1909 blue paper – perf 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine on any side
375 11/23/1910 12/19/1910  sheet 12 x 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine, bright to dark carmine on any side
375a ~2/1910 5/10/1911 bklt pane 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine, light carmine on any side
375b sheet 12 x 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  lake on any side
375c bklt pane 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  lake on any side
384 12/10/1910 12/8/1910  sheet imperforate S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine, light carmine
384V 10/21/1910 vert. coil imperforate S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine, light carmine
384H 3/9/1912 hor. coil imperforate S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine, light carmine
386 11/1/1910 12/9/1910 vert. coil 12 hor.. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine, light carmine
388 11/1/1910 1/4/1911   hor. coil 12 vert. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine
391 12/23/1910 5/3/1911 vert. coil 8½ hor.. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine, light carmine
393 12/16/1910 12/27/1910   hor. coil 8½ vert. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine, light carmine
519 ~10/9/1917 10/10/1917  sheet 11 x 11 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine on any side
  2¢ Washington – Series
of 1911

Quantity Issued: 59,430,000,000 regular issue stamps; 3,833,000,000 booklet stamps and 9,901,000,000 coil stamps      


Cat. #  Issue
Date
EDU Type Perf Wmk Method Design Size Colors/Type  Possible SE Usage
406 2/14/1912 2/15/1912  type I 12 x 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine, bright & dark carmine,
scarlet
on any side The 2¢ Washington stamp paid first class postage on ordinary mail for the first ounce
for the greater part of this stamp’s life. During World War I, specifically from November 2, 1917 until June 30, 1919, the War Emergency
rate was three cents. It returned to two cents on July 1, 1919.
406a ~2/10/1912 5/2/1912  booklet 12 x 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine,
bright & deep carmine
on any side
406c  type I 12 x 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  lake on any side
409 2/23/1912 3/13/1912  type I imperforate S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  pale to
dark carmine, rose, carmine rose, scarlet
409 11/25/1914 Kansas City roulette S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22 
409V 5/29/1912 vert. coil imperf. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22 
409H 12/17/1914 hor. coil imperf. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22 
411 3/18/1912 6/12/1912 vert. coil 8½ hor.. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine,
deep carmine
413 3/21/1912 3/21/1912   hor. coil 8½ vert. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine,
dark carmine
423E type 1 10 x 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  red,
carmine
423B type 1 12 x 10 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  red,
carmine
425 9/15/1914 10/27/1914  type I 10 x 10 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine,
dark carmine, carmine rose, rose & dark rose red, scarlet, 
on any side
425e ~12/1913 1/6/1914  booklet 10 x 10 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  on any side
442 7/22/1914 7/22/1914 T1 vert. coil ·
10 hor..
S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine, deep
carmine – type 1
444 4/25/1914 5/19/1914   T1
hor. coil · 10 vert.
S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine, deep
carmine, red
449 ?/1915 10/29/1915 T1 vert. coil ·
10 hor..
S/L rotary press 18.5-19 x 22.5+ carmine,
carmine rose, red
450 ~1915 12/21/1915 T3 vert. coil
· 10 hor..
S/L rotary press 18.5-19 x 22.5+ carmine,
carmine rose, red
453 6/30/1914 9/26/1914  T1 hor. coil
· 10 vert.
S/L rotary press 19.5+ x 22 carmine,
carmine rose, red
454 ~6/1915 7/7/1915  T2 hor. coil
· 10 vert.
S/L rotary press 19.5+ x 22 carmine,
carmine rose, red
455 12/19/1915 12/15/1915  T3 hor. coil
· 10 vert.
S/L rotary press 19.5+ x 22 carmine,
carmine rose, red
459 6/30/1914 12/?/1914  type I imperforate S/L rotary press 19.5+ x 22 carmine
461 ~6/18/1915 6/24/1915   type I 11 x 11 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine,
pale carmine
on any side
463 9/25/1916 9/12/1916   type I 10 x 10 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine,
dark carmine, rose red
on any side
463a 10/8/1916  booklet 10 x 10 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine, rose carmine on any side
482 12/8/1916 2/16/1916  type I imperforate none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  rose,
carmine rose, deep rose
482A ~12/1919 2/17/1920   type Ia imperforate none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  deep rose
487 11/15/1916 9/21/1917  type II 10 hor.. none rotary press 18.5-19 x 22.5+ carmine,
carmine & deep carmine rose
488 ~1916 4/25/1917  type III 10 hor.. none rotary press 18.5-19 x 22.5+
491 11/17/1916 1/2/1917  type II 10 vert. none rotary press 19.5+ x 22 carmine,
carmine rose
492 11/17/1916  type III 10 vert. none rotary press 19.5+ x 22 carmine,
carmine rose
499 3/23/1917 3/27/1917  type I 11 x 11 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  very pale
to deep rose, carmine, carmine rose, pale to rose red, lake
on any side
499e 3/31/1917 7/19/1917  booklet (6) 11 x 11 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  on any side
499f ~8/1/1917 8/7/1917  booklet 11 x 11 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  AEF pane of 30; carmine on any side
500 ~12/1917 12/15/1919  type Ia 11 x 11 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  deep rose on any side
526 3/15/1920 3/13/1920  type IV 11 x 11 none offset 18.5-19 x 22  carmine,
rose carmine, rose red
on any side
527 ~4/1920 4/20/1920  type V 11 x 11 none offset 18.5-19 x 22  carmine,
rose carmine, rose red
on any side
528 ~5/1920 6/18/1920  type Va 11 x 11 none offset 18.5-19 x 22  carmine,
rose red
on any side
528A ~7/1920 7/30/1920  type VI 11 x 11 none offset 18.5-19 x 22  carmine,
rose red
on any side
528B ~11/1920 11/10/1920  type VII 11 x 11 none offset 18.5-19 x 22  carmine on any side
532 ~4/25/1920 4/28/1920  type IV imperforate none offset 18.5-19 x 22  carmine
rose, rose red
533 5/20/1920 9/29/1920  type V imperforate none offset 18.5-19 x 22  carmine,
rose red
534 ~5/1920 6/20/1920  type Va imperforate none offset 18.5-19 x 22  carmine,
rose carmine, rose red
534A ~7/1920 8/18/1920  type VI imperforate none offset 18.5-19 x 22  carmine,
rose red
534B ~11/3/1920 10/20/1920  type VII imperforate none offset 18.5-19 x 22  carmine,
rose red
539 ~8/1918 6/30/1919 T2-coil waste ·
11 x 10
none rotary press 19.5+ x 22 carmine
rose
540 6/14/1919 6/17/1919  T3-coil waste ·
11 x 10
none rotary press 19.5+ x 22 carmine,
carmine rose
546 ~5/1921 5/5/1921  T3-coil waste
· 11 x 11
none rotary press 19½+ x 22mm carmine to deep carmine rose
   3¢ Washington
– Series of 1908

Quantity Issued: 8,948,000,000 regular issue stamps;
1,200,000,000 booklet stamps and 333,900,000 coil stamps       


Cat. #  Issue
Date
EDU Type  Perf Wmk Method Design Size Colors  Possible
SE
Usage
333 12/26/1908 1/12/1909 type I 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  light to deep violet on any side The 3¢ Washington kept the same color and design throughout the life of the Series.
When it was first issued it didn’t have a specific usage but was often found on foreign letters with a two cent stamp paying the UPU rate of five cents.
It also saw a lot of use with the ten cent stamp to pay the foreign registry rate of thirteen cents.
From November 2, 1917 until June 30, 1919, the War Emergency rate was three cents and this stamp saw heavy usage. The rate was dropped to two cents again
on July 1, 1919.
345 3/3/1909 2/13/1909 type I imperforate D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  violet, deep violet
345V T1 vert. coil · imperf. D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  violet, deep violet
359   blue paper 12/27/1910 sheet 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  deep violet on any side
376 1/16/1911 6/19/1911 type I 12 x 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  violet, deep violet, lilac on any side
389 1/24/1911 3/8/1911 T1 hor. coil 12 vert. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22   deep violet
(Orangeburg Coil)
394 9/18/1911 T1 hor. coil 8½ vert. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  violet, deep violet, red violet
426 9/18/1914 11/26/1914 type I 10 x 10 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  pale to bright to deep violet on any side
445 12/18/1914 7/1/1916 T1 hor. coil 10 vert. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  violet, deep violet
456 2/2/1916 4/13/1916 T1 hor. coil 10 vert. S/L rotary press 19.5+ x 22 violet, deep violet,
red violet
464 11/11/1916 6/6/1917 type I 10 x 10 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  violet, deep violet on any side
483 10/13/1917 11/8/1917 type I imperforate none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  light violet, violet
484 4/5/1918 type II imperforate none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  bright violet, deep
violet
489 5/17/1917 2/16/1917 T1 vert. coil ·
10 hor..
none rotary press 18.5-19 x 22.5+ dull violet, violet
493 7/23/1917 11/2/1917 T1 hor. coil 10 vert. none rotary press 19.5+ x 22 dull violet, violet,
red violet
494 2/14/1918 4/30/1918 T2 hor. coil 10 vert. none rotary press 19.5+ x 22 dull violet, violet,
gray violet
on any side
501 3/23/1917 7/3/1917 type I 11 x 11 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  light violet to very
dark violet,
pale red violet to red violet
on any side
501b 10/17/1917 2/8/1918 T1 bklt 11 x 11  none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  on any side
502 2/25/1918 1/30/1918 type II 11 x 11  none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  violet to dark violet on any side
502b 3/9/1918 6/12/1918 T2 bklt 11 x 11 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  violet to dark violet on any side
502e 11 x 10 at top or bottom – Type 2 sheet stamp none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  violet
529 3/23/1918 4/9/1918 type III 11 x 11 none offset 18.5-19 x 22  light to dark violet on any side
530 ~6/27/1918 6/30/1918 type IV 11 x 11 none offset 18.5-19 x 22  light to deep purple on any side
535 ~7/15/1918 10/5/1918 type IV imperforate none offset 18.5-19 x 22  purple to deep purple
541 6/14/1919 6/14/1919 type II 10 x 11 none rotary press 18.5-19 x 22.5+ violet, gray violet
   4¢ Washington –
Series of 1908 

Quantity Issued: 1,944,000,000
regular issue stamps and 87,970,090 coil stamps        


Cat. # Issue
Date
EDU Type  Perf Wmk Method Design Size Colors Possible SE Usage
334 12/26/1908 1/12/1909 sheet 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  light to
dark brown, orange brown
on any side The four-cent Washington stamp paid double the first class letter rate. It was also sometimes used
as a substitute for the eight-cent stamp to pay the registry rate, using two 4¢ stamps. The 8¢
registry rate remained in effect only until Nov. 1, 1909, at which time it was raised to 10¢,
so only the double-lined watermarks would have seen such usage.
346 2/25/1909 3/13/1909 sheet imperforate D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  brown to dark brownorange brown
346V 5/5/1909 2/18/1911 vert. coil imperforate D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22 
346H ~1909 11/23/1917 hor. coil imperforate D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22 
350 8/15/1910 3/22/1912 vert. coil 12 hor.. D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  brown, orange brown
354 2/23/1909 6/9/1909   hor. coil 12 vert. D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  brown, orange brown
360 1909 blue paper sheet stamp 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  brown on any side
377 1/20/1911 3/7/1911 sheet 12 x 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  brown to dark brownorange brown on any side
395 4/15/1912 6/21/1912 hor. coil 8½ vert. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  brown to dark brown
427 9/7/1914 1/2/1915 sheet 10 x 10 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  yellow brown; orange browndark brown on any side
446 10/2/1914 8/4/1915 hor. coil 10 vert. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  brown, yellow brown
457 ~11/5/1915 11/5/1915 hor. coil 10 vert. S/L rotary press 19.5+ x 22 light brown to brown
465 10/7/1916 2/18/1917 sheet 10 x 10 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  brown to dark brownorange brown on any side
495 10/19/1917 6/20/1917 hor. coil 10 vert. none rotary press 19.5+ x 22 brown, orange brown
503 3/23/1917 7/17/1917 sheet 11 x 11 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  dark brownyellow to orange brown on any side
   5¢ Washington
– Series of 1908

Quantity Issued:
2,599,000,000 regular issue stamps and 49,240,000 coil stamps        


Cat. # Issue
Date
EDU Type  Perf Wmk
Method
Design Size Colors  Possible
SE
Usage
335 12/21/1908 1/12/1909 sheet 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  blue,
bright blue, dark blue
on any side The five-cent stamp paid the U.P.U. rate for foreign mail.
347 2/27/1909 3/4/1909 sheet imperforate D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  blue, dark blue
347V 4/17/1909 vert. coil imperforate D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  blue, dark blue
351 1/2/1909 9/21/1909 vert. coil 12 hor.. D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  blue, dark
blue
355 2/23/1909 10/25/1909   hor. coil 12 vert. D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  blue, dark blue
361 1909 5/18/1910 blue paper 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  blue on any side
378 12/18/1910 2/14/1911 sheet 12 x 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  blue, bright bluelight to dark blue on any side
396 3/1912 4/5/1913 hor. coil 8½ vert. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22   blue, dark blue
428 9/14/1914 12/2/1914 sheet 10 x 10 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22   bright blue, light to dark blueindigo on any side
423C 12 x 10 sheet stamp S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  blue
447 7/30/1914 5/9/1916 hor. coil 10 vert. S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  blue, dark
blue
458 3/9/1916 4/6/1916 hor. coil 10 vert. S/L rotary press 19.5+ x 22 blue
466 10/17/1916 12/7/1916 sheet 10 x 10 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  bright
blue, light to dark blue
on any side
467 ~3/13/1917 5/22/1917 carmine error 10 x 10 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine,
rose
none
485 imperforate none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  carmine,
rose
496 1/15/1919 4/15/1919 hor. coil 10 vert. none rotary press 19.5+ x 22 blue, dark
blue
504 3/23/1917 6/5/1917 sheet 11 x 11 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  bright
blue, light to dark blue
on any side
505 ~3/23/1917 3/27/1917

carmine error · 11×11

none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  rose none
   6¢ Washington
– Series of 1908 

Quantity Issued:
1,266,000,000 regular issue stamps      
 


Cat. # Issue
Date
EDU Type  Perf Wmk Method Design Size Colors  Possible
SE
Usage
336 12/31/1908 1/6/1909 sheet 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  orange; pale to red orange on any side

Like the three-cent stamp the six-cent Wshington stamp had small demand, but it did pay triple the first class
letter rate and was used as an all-purpose stamp to complete postage requirements. During the War Emergency rate
period, Nov.1, 1917 to June 30, 1919, it saw use paying the double rate for first class mail.

362 1909 9/14/1911 blue paper 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  orange on any side
379 1/25/1911 1/12/1911 sheet 12 x 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  light red orange to red orange on any side
429 9/28/1914 2/6/1915 sheet 10 x 10 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  pale to deep red orange on any side
468 10/10/1916 4/19/1917 sheet 10 x 10 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  red orange on any side
506 3/23/1917 6/26/1917 sheet 11 x 11 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  orange; pale to red orange on any side
506a 11 x 10 at top or bottom none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  on any side
  
7¢ Washington

– Series of 1914
 

Quantity Issued:
558,000,000       


Cat. # Issue
Date
EDU Type  Perf Wmk Method Design Size Colors  Possible
SE
Usage
407 ~5/1/1914 5/1/1914 sheet 12 x 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  grayish black to intense black on any side

The seven-cent stamp was used primarily on heavy letters, over 2 ounces, and on small parcels.

430 9/10/1914 4/14/1915 sheet 10 x 10 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  grayish black to intense black on any side
469 11/10/1916 2/19/1917 sheet 10 x 10 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  grayish black to black on any side
507 3/24/1917 8/1/1917 sheet 11 x 11 none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  grayish black to intense black on any side
507a 11 x 10 at top only none flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  on any side
   8¢ Washington
– Series of 1908  

Quantity Issued:
102,600,000       


Cat. # Issue
Date
EDU Type  Perf Wmk Method Design Size Colors Possible SE Usage
337 12/18/1908 1/8/1909 sheet 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  olive to deep olive green on any side The 8¢ stamp paid the registry fee until Nov. 1, 1909
with indemnity to $25. It also paid double the UPU rate (5¢ for the first oz. and 3¢ per oz. thereafter). It replaced the
eight-cent Martha Washington Cat. # 306.
363 1909 blue paper 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  olive green on any side
380 2/8/1911 5/27/1911 sheet 12 x 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  olive to dark olive green on any side
  
10¢ Washington – Series of 1908 

Quantity Issued: 220,200,000     
 


Cat. # Issue
Date
EDU Type  Perf Wmk Method Design Size Colors Possible SE Usage
338 1/7/1909 1/18/1909 sheet 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  yellow on any side Prior to Nov. 1,
1909 the 10¢
stamp paid the 1st class postage (2¢) plus registry fee (8¢).
After Nov. 1, 1909 it paid the registry fee only (10¢) 
with indemnity to $50. It also paid the Special Delivery fee and could
be used in lieu of the Special Delivery stamp. 
356 2/23/1909 3/9/1909   hor. coil 12 vert. D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  yellow on any side
364 1909 2/3/1910 blue paper 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  yellow on any side
381 1/8/1911 2/17/1911 sheet 12 x 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  yellow on any side
  
13¢ Washington – Series of 1908 
 

Quantity Issued:
2,909,000      


Cat. # Issue
Date
EDU Type  Perf Wmk Method Design Size Colors Possible SE Usage
339 1/11/1909 3/5/1909 sheet 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  blue green to deep blue green on any side

The thirteen-cent Washington stamp paid the combined letter and registry fee on international mail.

365 1909 blue paper 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  blue green on any side
   15¢ Washington
– Series of 1908 

Quantity Issued:
41,050,000      


Cat. # Issue
Date
EDU Type  Perf Wmk Method Design Size Colors Possible SE Usage
340 1/18/1909 3/12/1909 sheet 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  pale ultramarine to ultramarine on any side

The 15¢ Washington stamp was used mainly for letters over 2 oz. to Europe and on fourth class mail
and parcel post packages; also to pay triple the U.P.U. foreign mail rate and as an all-purpose stamp to complete postage.

366 1909 blue paper 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  pale ultramarine on any side
382 3/1/1911 4/25/1911 sheet 12 x 12 S/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  pale ultramarine on any side

   50¢ Washington –
Series of 1908 

Quantity Issued:
1,827,000      

Cat. # Issue
Date
EDU Type  Perf Wmk Method Design Size Colors Possible SE Usage
341 1/13/1909 10/23/1909 sheet 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  dull violet to violet left or right

The fifty-cent Washington stamp was used on multiple rate letters and parcels.

   $1 Washington
– Series of 1908
 

Quantity Issued:
313,590      

Cat. # Issue
Date
EDU Type  Perf Wmk Method Design Size Colors Possible SE Usage
342 1/29/1909 7/26/1909 sheet 12 x 12 D/L flat plate 18.5-19 x 22  light violet brown to violet
brown
left or right

The one dollar Washington stamp was used on multiple rate letters and parcels.

* Issue dates are primarily from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing records and updated from the Sisken/Berkun information where appropriate. If the date of issue is the same as the EDU the cover is considered a First Day Cover. Sometimes the date precedes the date of issue. 

*Possible SE – This information is given in order to determine whether a stamp can be reperfed and at which sides:
1. "on any side" means that a straight-edge is possible on any of the four sides 
2. "left or right" means that a straight-edge will not occur naturally at top or bottom 
3. "none" means that straight-edges did not occur naturally on these stamps  
Straight-edge information is given only for sheet stamps and booklet stamps. 

Additional Notes:
Please report errata. If you know of a documented usage earlier than the one listed, please let me know and the information will be updated as appropriate. 

Bibliography and suggested additional reading:
Basic Information: 
The 2010 Cat. # U.S. Specialized Stamp Catalogue
(Amos Press 2009)
Why Collect the U.S. Washington-Franklin Heads? A 100th Anniversary
Tribute,
a 10-part series by Larry Weiss (USSS)
Washington-Franklins 1908-1921,
by Martin Armstrong (1979 2nd edition)
United States Coil Issues, by Martin Armstrong (1980 2nd edition)
The Expert’s Book, by Paul Schmid (1990)
Washington Franklin’s Simplified, by Larry Weiss (available from the USSS,
see below)
Preservation of United States Stamps

(Supplement to Encyclopedia of Colors), by Roy White (1981)
The U.S. Postage Stamps of the 20th Century,
Volume I revised,

by Max Johl (1937)

Rates:
Exploring the Washington-Franklin Era (a 19-part series), by Paul
Bourke (USSS from Jan. 2003 to July 2004)


U.S. Domestic Postal Rates 1872-1999, by Beecher and
Wawrukiewicz (1999)
U.S. International Postal Rates 1872-1999
, by Beecher and Wawrukiewicz
(1996)


Colors
:
The Micarelli Identification Guide to U.S. Stamps: Regular Issues
1847-1934
by Charles N. Micarelli
The Encyclopedia of the Colors of United States Postage Stamps
Volume 4 – Issues of 1908-1918, by Roy H. White (1981)

Notable Auction Sales:

The Dr. Joseph Agris Gold Medal Collection of United States Coil Issues – Shreves Philatelic Galleries
Sep. 5, 1997
Ed and Pat Siskin
– 

The Chesapeake Collection of U.S. 1914 Compound Perforations – Robert A. Siegel
Auction Galleries #877 June 12, 2004
The North Fork Collection of Superb 20th Century U.S.  – Robert A. Siegel
Auction Galleries #903 October 20, 2005
The Alpha Collection (EDUs) – Shreves Philatelic Galleries Feb. 16, 2006
The Alan B. Whitman Collection, Pt. III: 1902-1934 Issues B-O-B 
– Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries #968b Sep. 22-25, 2009.

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