Designs of the 1954 Series – The Liberty Issue

Wet Vs Dry Printing Methods

Bureau of Engraving and printing rotary press printings (unless otherwise noted), electric eye plates of 400, split into panes of 100 stamps.
Design size · Portrait Stamps: .75 x .82 inches (about 19 x 20.8mm)
· Landscape Stamps: .82 x .75 in. (about 20.8 x 19mm), unless noted otherwise.

  1/2¢ Benjamin Franklin
· Red Orange

Designer: Charles R. Chickering · Engravers: Charles A. Brooks · Lettering:
Robert J. Jones 
  
 


Cat. # FDC Printing Method · Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1030a 10/20/1955 sheet stamp – wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1030 May 1958 sheet stamp – dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
  1¢ George
Washington · Dark Green

Designer:
C. R. Chickering · Vignette: Richard M. Bower ·
Frame: C. A. Brooks · Lettering: John S. Edmondson 
 


Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1031b 8/26/1954 sheet stamp – wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1031 sheet stamp – dry printing 11 x 10.5 none vert. and horiz. gutter pairs
1054c 10/8/1954 wet printing coil – large holes 10 vert. none joint line pair
1054 Aug. 1957 dry printing coil – large holes 10 vert. none joint line pair
1054 Feb. 1960 dry printing coil – small holes 10 vert. none joint line pair
1054b imperforate coil pair imperf. none
  1.25¢ Palace
of the Governors – Turquoise

Designer:
Tyler Dingee & William
Schrage · Engravers: Matthew D. Fenton · Lettering: George L.
Huber  


Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1031A 6/17/1960 sheet stamp – dry printing only 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1054A 6/17/1960 coil stamp – small holes 10 horiz. none joint line pair
1054A coil stamp – large holes 10 horiz. none joint line pair
1054Ad imperforate coil stamp none
  1.5¢ Mount Vernon ·
Brown Carmine 

Designer:
William K. Schrage · Engravers: C.
A. Brooks · Lettering: John S. Edmondson
    


Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1032 2/22/1956 sheet stamp – dry printing
only
10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
 
Thomas Jefferson
· Carmine Rose

Designer: Charles
R. Chickering ·  Engravers: C. A. Brooks · Lettering: George
A. Payne
      


Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1033 9/15/1954 sheet stamp – dry printing only 11 x 10.5 none PB; vert. and horiz. gutter
pairs
1033a Dec. 1954 sheet stamp – Silkote paper 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1055d 10/22/1954 coil – wet printing – large
holes
perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1055 May 1957 coil – dry printing – large
holes
perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1055 Aug. 1961 coil – dry printing – small
holes
perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1055a 5/6/1968 coil – dry printing – small
holes
perf 10 vert. tagged; shiny gum joint line pair
1055b imperf. coil pair – Riverdale,
MD pre-cancel
none joint line pair
1055c imperforate coil
pair; tagged; shiny gum
tagged; shiny gum joint line pair
 2.5¢
Bunker
Hill
· Gray Blue

Designer: Robert
L. Miller ·  Engravers: Arthur W. Dintaman · Lettering: John
S. Edmondson
      


Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1034 6/17/1959 sheet stamp – dry printing only 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1056 9/9/1959 sidewise coil stamp – large
holes
perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1056 Jan. 1961 sidewise coil stamp – small
holes
perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
  3¢ Statue
of Liberty · Deep Violet

  Designer:
Charles
R. Chickering
·   Engravers:
Richard M. Bower ·
Lettering: George L.
Huber
     


Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1035e 6/24/1954 sheet stamp – wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1035a 6/30/1954 booklet (pane of 6) – wet 11 x 10.5 none
1035g booklet pane;
imperf. between – wet
11 x 10.5 none
1035 sheet stamp – dry printing 11 x 10.5 none PB; vert. & horiz. gutter
pairs
1035b 7/6/1966 sheet stamp – dry printing 11 x 10.5 tagged; shiny gum plate number block (4)
1035c imperforate pair
(~18.75 x 22.5mm)
imperf. none
1035d horiz. pair imperf. between 11 x 10.5 none
1035f booklet (pane of 6) – dry 11 x 10.5 none
~7/6/1956 booklet (pane of 6) – dry 11 x 10.5 tagged 
1057c 7/20/1954 coil – wet printing – large
holes
perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1057c Jan. 1961 coil – wet printing – small
holes
perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1057 Oct. 1956 coil – dry printing – large
holes
perf 10 vert. none gripper cracks; joint line pair
1057 Mar. 1958 coil – dry printing – small
holes
perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1057a imperforate pair
(~19.5 x 22mm)
imperf. none joint line pair
1057d Oct. 1966 Look magazine coil (dry,
small) 
perf 10 vert. tagged (no fluorescence) joint line pair
1057b 6/26/1967 "Look" coil;
philatelic printing
perf 10 vert. tagged (slightly fluorescent) joint line pair
  4¢ Abraham
Lincoln · Red Violet

Designer: Charles
R. Chickering
·  Vignette:
Richard M. Bower
· Frame: C. A. Brooks · Lettering:
J. S. Edmondson 
   


Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1036c 11/19/1954 sheet stamp – wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1036 sheet stamp – dry printing 11 x 10.5 none PB; vert. and horiz. gutter
pairs
1036b 11/2/1963 sheet stamp – dry printing 11 x 10.5 tagged  plate number block (4)
1036a 7/31/1958 booklet (pane of 6) – dry 11 x 10.5 none
1036d booklet pane;
imperf. between – dry
11 x 10.5 none
1036e horiz.
pair imperf. between (booklet pane/dry)
none
1058b

coil – wet printing – large
holes – not issued w/o pre-cancel

none joint line pair
1058 7/31/1958 coil – dry printing – large
holes
perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1058 coil – dry printing – small
holes
perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1058a imperf. coil pair; dry; small
holes
imperf. none joint line pair
  4.5¢ Hermitage · Blue Green

Designer: Charles
R. Chickering ·   Engravers: Matthew D. Fenton · Lettering:
George A. Payne
     


Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1037 3/16/1959 sheet stamp – dry printing 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1059 5/1/1959 coil – dry printing – large
holes
perf 10 horiz. none joint line pair
1059 coil – dry printing – small
holes
perf 10 horiz. none joint line pair
  5¢ James Monroe ·
Deep Blue 

Designer: C.
R. Chickering
·  Vignette:
A. W. Dintaman · Frame: C. A. Brooks · Lettering:
J. S. Edmondson
     


Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1038 12/2/1954 sheet stamp – dry printing
only
11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4);
horizontal gutter pair (pair with full vertical gutter between) 
  6¢ Theodore
Roosevelt · Carmine

Designers: Victor
S. McCloskey & C. Chickering
·  Vignette:
M. Fenton · Frame: C.  Brooks · Lettering: G. Payne 


Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1039a 11/18/1955 sheet stamp – wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1039 sheet stamp – dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1039b imperforate block of 4 imperf. none
  7¢ Woodrow Wilson ·
Rose Carmine 

  Designer:
Charles
R. Chickering
·  Vignette:
Richard M. Bower
· Frame: C. A. Brooks · Lettering: Robert J,
Jones     


Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1040 1/10/1956 sheet stamp – dry printing
only
11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1040a Dark Rose Carmine
sheet stamp – dry printing
11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)

  8¢ Statue
of Liberty · Dark Violet Blue & Carmine 

Designer: C.
Chickering
·  Vignette:
M. Fenton
· Frame: C. Brooks · Lettering: J.
Edmondson     

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1041 4/9/1954
(this was the 1st Liberty Issue stamp)
flat plate dry printing
size: about 22.7mm high
11 x 11 none plate block (4) 2 plate
numbers; 
plate block, red # only;
plate block blue # only 
1041a carmine double impression 11 x 11 none
1041B 4/9/1954 rotary press dry printing
size: 22.9mm high
(slightly taller)
11 x 11 none plate block (4) 2 plate numbers,
one red and one blue

  8¢ Statue
of Liberty · Redrawn Design

Designer: C. Chickering ·  Vignette
& Frame
:
M. Fenton
· Lettering:
Howard F.
Sharpless 
    

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1042 3/22/1958 Giori press
size: about 22.8mm high
11 x 11 none plate number block (4);
note: there is only one plate number, since the Giori press printed both
colors in one pass and only one plate was needed

  8¢ General John J.
Pershing · Brown

Designer: Robert J.
Jones ·  
Vignette
& Frame
: Matthew
D. Fenton · Lettering: George A. Payne
    

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1042A 11/17/1961 rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
 
9¢ Alamo · Rose Lilac

Designer: Charles
Chickering ·   Vignette: Richard M. Bower · Lettering: Howard F.
Sharpless
    

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1043 9/14/1956 rotary press dry printing 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1043a dark rose lilac;
rotary press dry printing
10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)

 10¢
Independence Hall · Rose Lake

Designer: Charles R. Chickering · Engravers: Charles A. Brooks
· Lettering: George L. Huber
     

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1044 7/4/1956 rotary press dry printing 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1044b dark rose lake;
rotary press dry printing
10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1044d 7/6/1966 rotary press dry printing 10.5 x 11 tagged plate number block (4)

 11¢
Statue
of Liberty · Carmine & Dark Violet Blue 

Designer: C. Chickering ·  Vignette
& Frame
:
M. Fenton
· Lettering:
Howard F.
Sharpless 
     

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1044A 6/15/1961 Giori press 11 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1044Ac 1/11/1967 Giori press 11 x 11 tagged plate number block (4)

 12¢
Benjamin Harrison · Red

Designer: Victor S.
McCloskey ·   Vignette: Richard M. Bower · Lettering: Charles
A. Smith
      

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1045 6/6/1959 rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1045a (1968) rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 tagged plate number block (4)

 15¢
John Jay · Rose Lake 

Designers: V. S.
McCloskey & C. Chickering
·  Vignette:
A. W. Dintaman · Lettering: George A. Payne
  

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1046 12/12/1958 rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1046a 7/6/1966 rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 tagged plate number block (4)

 20¢
Monticello · Ultramarine

Designer: William
K. Schrage · Vignette: C. A. Brooks · Lettering:
J. S. Edmondson
     

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1047 7/13/1956 rotary press dry printing 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1047a deep bright ultramarine
rotary press dry printing
10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)

 25¢
Paul Revere · Green

Designers: V. S.
McCloskey & C. Chickering
·  Vignette
R. M. Bower · Lettering:
J. S. Edmondson
     

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1048 4/18/1958 rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1059A 2/25/1965 rotary press coil dry printing 10 vert. none joint line pair
1059Ab 4/3/1973 rotary press coil dry printing 10 vert. tagged/shiny gum joint line pair
1059Ab (1980) rotary press coil dry printing 10 vert. tagged/dull gum joint line pair
1059Ac imperforate rotary coil pair imperf. none joint line pair

 30¢
Robert E. Lee · Black

Designers: V. S.
McCloskey & C. Chickering ·  
Vignette:
M. Fenton · Frame: C. Brooks · Lettering:
R. Jones 
 

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1049a 9/21/1955 rotary press – wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1049 (June 1957) rotary press – dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1049b intense black; 
harder, whiter paper;
rotary press – dry printing
11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)

 40¢
John Marshall · Brown Red

Designers: W. K.
Schrage & C. Chickering
·
Vignette:
R. Bower · Frame: C. Brooks · Lettering: J. Edmondson
   

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1050a 9/24/1955 rotary press – wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1050 (Apr. 1958) rotary press – dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)

 50¢
Susan B. Anthony · Bright Purple

Designers: Charles
R. Chickering
·
Vignette
and Frame: Charles A. Brooks · Lettering: John S. Edmondson
   

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1051a 8/25/1955 rotary press – wet printing 11 x 10.5 none cracked plate;
plate number block (4)
1051 (Apr. 1958) rotary press – dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)

 $1
Patrick Henry · Purple 

Designers: V.
McCloskey & C. Chickering
·
Vignette:
A. Dintaman · Frame: C. Brooks · Lettering: J. Edmondson  

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1052a 10/7/1955 rotary press – wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1052 (Oct. 1958) rotary press – dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)

 $5
Alexander Hamilton · Black  

Designers: V.
McCloskey & C. Chickering
·
Vignette
and Frame: C. Brooks · Lettering: J. Edmondson .
 

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible
Varieties
Usage
1053 3/19/1956 flat plate – dry printing 11 x 11 none plate number block (4)

Bibliography and suggested additional reading:

The Liberty Series, by Ken Lawrence and Tony Wawrukiewicz (2007)

Ordinary Postage Stamps – Series of 1954, by Sol Glass, in a series of articles in the Bureau Specialist in the late 1950’s

The Encyclopedia of United States Stamps and Stamp Collecting edited by Rodney A. Juell & Steven J. Rod
USSS (2006)

Cat. #’s United States Stamp Catalogue Specialized  – 1949, Cat. # Publications, Inc.

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