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Designs of the Prominent Americans Issue · 1965-1978
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

  Thomas Jefferson · Green

Designer: Robert Geissmann · Vignette: Edward R. Felver · Lettering: Kenneth C. Wiram     

Cat. # FDC Printing Method · Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1278 1/12/1968 sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged - shiny gum plate number block (4);
margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
1278c --- untagged - bureau precanceled 11 x 10.5 none
1278d --- tagging omitted - no precancel 11 x 10.5 none ---
1278a 1/12/1968 booklet pane of 8 11 x 10.5 tagged - shiny gum dull gum
1278b 5/10/1971 booklet pane (4 + 2 labels) 11 x 10.5 --- ---
1278e --- booklet (8) - tagging omitted 11 x 10.5 none ---
1299 1/12/1968 sidewise coil 10 vert. tagged joint line pair
1299a --- untagged sidewise coil 10 vert. none joint line pair
1299b --- imperforate pair (from coil) imperf. --- joint line pair
  1.25¢ Albert Gallatin · Light Green

Designer: Robert Gallatin · Vignette: Edward R. Felver · Lettering: Robert G. Culin   

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1279 1/30/1967 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
  2¢ Frank Lloyd Wright - Dark Blue Gray

Designer: Patricia Aramantides · Engravers: H. C. Mildner & A. W. Dintaman · Lettering: K. C. Wiram  

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1280 6/8/1966 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged - shiny gum horiz. gutter pair (Sc 1280 only)
plate number block (4);
margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
1280b --- untagged bureau precanceled 11 x 10.5 none
1280a 1/8/1968 booklet pane (5 + 1 label) 11 x 10.5 --- ---
1280c 5/7/1971 booklet pane of 6 11 x 10.5 tagged - shiny gum dull gum
1280d --- untagged - no precancel 11 x 10.5 none ---
  3¢ Francis Parkman · Violet 

Designer: Bill Hyde · Vignette: Edward R. Felver · Lettering: Robert G. Culin   

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1281 9/16/1967 rotary sheet stamp 10.5 x 11 tagged plate number block (4);
margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
1281a --- untagged bureau precanceled 10.5 x 11 none
1281b --- untagged - no precancel 10.5 x 11 none ---
1297 11/4/1975 sidewise coil 10 vert. tagged -shiny gum joint line pair; dull gum
1297a --- imperforate tagged coil pair imperf. tagged -shiny gum joint line pair; dull gum
1297b --- untagged coil w/Bureau precancel 10 vert. none - shiny gum joint line pair; dull gum
1297c --- imperf. untagged coil w/precancel imperf. none joint line pair
 Abraham Lincoln · Black

Designer: Bill Hyde · Engravers: Joseph S. Creamer · Lettering: George A. Payne      

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1282 11/19/1965 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4); vertical gutter pair (tagged stamp only)  
1282a 12/1/1965 tagged sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged
1303 5/28/1966 sidewise coil 10 vert. tagged joint line pair
1303a --- untagged coil w/Bureau precancel 10 vert. none joint line pair
1303c --- untagged coil  no precancel 10 vert. none joint line pair
1303b --- imperforate tagged coil pair imperf. --- joint line pair
 5¢ Washington ("unshaven") · Blue

Designer: Bill Hyde · Engravers: Charles A. Brooks · Lettering: William R. Burnell      

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1283 2/22/1966 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4); horiz. gutter pair (tagged stamp only)
1283a 2/23/1966 tagged sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged
1304 9/8/1966 sidewise coil 10 vert. tagged -shiny gum dull gum; joint line pair
1304a --- untagged coil w/Bureau precancel 10 vert. none joint line pair
1304f --- untagged coil  no precancel 10 vert. none ---
1304b --- imperforate tagged coil pair imperf. tagged joint line pair
1304e --- imperforate untagged coil pair imperf. none joint line pair
  5¢ Washington ("clean face") · Blue

  Designer: Bill Hyde · Engravers: Joseph S. Creamer · Lettering: William R. Burnell     

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1283B 11/17/1967 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged -shiny gum dull gum; vert. gutter pair; PB(4)
1283Bd --- untagged w/Bureau precancel 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1283Be --- untagged without precancel 11 x 10.5 none shiny; dull gum; plate number block (4)
1304C (1981) sidewise coil 10 vert. tagged joint line pair
1304Cd --- imperforate coil pair imperf. tagged joint line pair
  6¢ Franklin D. Roosevelt · Gray Brown

Designer: Richard L. Clark · Vignette: Robert J. Jones & H. C. Mildner · Lettering: Howard F. Sharpless    

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1284 1/29/1966 rotary sheet stamp 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"; horiz. & vert. gutter pair (Sc1284 only)
1284a 12/29/1966 tagged rotary sheet stamp 10.5 x 11 tagged
1284d --- horizontal pair imperf. between 10.5 x 11 --- ---
1284b 12/28/1967 tagged booklet pane of 8 10.5 x 11 tagged ---
1284c 1/9/1968 booklet pane (5 + 1 label) 10.5 x 11 tagged ---
1284e --- untagged booklet pane of 8 10.5 x 11 none ---
1298 12/28/1967 tagged sidewise coil 10 vert. tagged joint line pair
1298b --- untagged sidewise coil 10 vert. none ---
1298a --- imperforate coil pair imperf. --- joint line pair
  6¢ Franklin D. Roosevelt · Gray Brown

Designer: Richard L. Clark · Vignette: Robert J. Jones & H. C. Mildner · Lettering: Howard F. Sharpless  

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1305 2/28/1968 tagged sidewise coil 10 vert. tagged joint line pair
1305b --- untagged w/Bureau precancel 10 vert. none joint line pair
1305k --- untagged without precancel 10 vert. none ---
1305a --- imperforate coil pair imperf. --- joint line pair
  6¢ Dwight D. Eisenhower · Dark Blue Gray 

Designer: Robert Geissmann · Vignette: Arthur W. Dintaman · Lettering: Kenneth C. Wiram     

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1393 8/6/1970 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged - shiny (&dull) gum plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
1393c --- untagged w/Bureau precancel 11 x 10.5 none
1393g --- untagged without precancel 11 x 10.5 none ---
1393a --- tagged booklet pane of 8 11 x 10.5 tagged shiny and dull gum
1393h --- untagged - booklet pane of 8 11 x 10.5 none shiny and dull gum
1393b --- booklet pane (5 + 1 label) 11 x 10.5 tagged ---
1401 8/16/1970 tagged sidewise coil 10 vert. tagged - shiny (&dull) gum joint line pair
1401a --- untagged coil w/Bureau precancel 10 vert. none joint line pair
1401b --- imperforate coil pair imperf. tagged joint line pair
  7¢ Benjamin Franklin · Bright Blue

Designer: Bill Hyde · Vignette: T. F. Kronen · Lettering: Howard F. Sharpless    

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1393D 10/20/1972 rotary sheet stamp 10.5 x 11 tagged - shiny (&dull) gum plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
1393De --- untagged w/Bureau precancel 10.5 x 11 none
1393Df --- untagged without precancel 10.5 x 11 none ---
  8¢ Albert Einstein · Violet 

  Designer: Frank Sebastiano · Vignette: Arthur W. Dintaman · Lettering: George A. Payne      

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1285 3/14/1966 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1285a 7/6/1966 tagged rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged  plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
  8¢ Dwight D. Eisenhower · Black, Red & Blue Gray 

 Designer: Robert Geissmann · Vignette: Arthur W. Dintaman · Lettering: Kenneth C. Wiram   

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1394 5/10/1971 Giori press printing 11 x 11 tagged  PB(4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"; horiz. gutter pair
1394a --- tagging omitted; Giori press 11 x 11 none ---
1394b --- red "USA" omitted; Giori press 11 x 11 tagged  ---
1394c --- red and blue lettering omitted; Giori press 11 x 11 tagged  ---
  8¢ Eisenhower · Deep Claret (booklet and coil only)

Designer: Robert Geissmann · Vignette: Arthur W. Dintaman · Lettering: Kenneth C. Wiram     

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1395 5/10/1971 rotary booklet stamp (single) 11 x 10.5 tagged shiny and dull gum
1395a 5/10/1971 rotary booklet pane (8) 11 x 10.5 tagged - shiny gum ---
1395b 5/10/1971 rotary booklet pane (6) 11 x 10.5 tagged - shiny gum ---
1395c 1/28/1972 booklet pane (4 + 2 labels) 11 x 10.5 tagged - dull gum ---
1395d 1/28/1972 booklet pane (7 + 1 label) 11 x 10.5 tagged - dull gum ---
1395e --- vert. pair imperf between 11 x 10.5 tagged - dull and shiny gum ---
1395f --- pane (8) tagging omitted 11 x 10.5 none - shiny gum ---
1395g --- pane (6) tagging omitted 11 x 10.5 none - shiny gum ---
1395h --- pane (4+2 labels) tagging omitted 11 x 10.5 tagged - dull gum ---
1395i --- pane (7+1 label) tagging omitted 11 x 10.5 tagged - dull gum ---
1402 5/10/1971 tagged sidewise coil 10 vert. tagged joint line pair
1402b --- untagged coil (Bureau  precancel) 10 vert. none joint line pair
1402a --- imperforate coil pair imperf. --- joint line pair
1402c --- coil pair imperforate between 10 vert. --- ---
  10¢ Andrew Jackson · Lilac

Designer: Lester Beall · Vignette: Arthur W. Dintaman · Lettering: Howard F. Sharpless    

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1286 3/15/1967 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
1286b --- untagged w/Bureau precancel 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
1286e --- untagged without precancel 11 x 10.5 none ---
  12¢ Henry Ford · Black

Designer: Norman Todhunter ·  Vignette: Edward R. Felver · Lettering: William R. Burnell    

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1286A 7/30/1968 rotary sheet stamp 10.5 x 11 tagged plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
1286Ac --- untagged w/Bureau precancel 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
1286Ad --- untagged without precancel 10.5 x 11 none ---
 13¢ John F. Kennedy · Brown

Designer: Stevan Dohanos · Engravers: Arthur W. Dintaman · Lettering: Howard F. Sharpless     

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1287 5/29/1967 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged plate number block (4)
1287a --- untagged w/Bureau precancel 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1287b --- untagged without precancel 11 x 10.5 none ---
 14¢ Fiorello LaGuardia · Gray Brown 

Designer: Robert Geissmann · Vignette: Arthur W. Dintaman · Lettering: Robert G. Culin      

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1397 4/24/1972 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
1397a --- untagged w/Bureau precancel 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
 15¢ Oliver Wendell Holmes · Type I · Magenta 

Designer: Richard Hurd ·  Vignette: Joseph S. Creamer · Lettering: Howard F. Sharpless      

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1288 3/8/1968 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged plate number block (4); 
margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"; 
vertical gutter pair (1288 only)
1288a --- untagged w/Bureau precancel 11 x 10.5 none
1288h --- untagged without precancel 11 x 10.5 none ----
1305E 6/14/1978 tagged sidewise coil 10 vert. tagged - shiny or dull gum joint line pair
1305Ef --- untagged coil (Bureau  precancel) 10 vert. none joint line pair
1305Eg --- imperforate coil pair imperf. tagged - shiny or dull gum joint line pair
1305Eh --- coil pair imperf. between 10 vert. --- ---
 15¢ Oliver Wendell Holmes · Type II 

Designer: Richard Hurd ·  Vignette: Joseph S. Creamer · Lettering: Howard F. Sharpless       

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1288d --- rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged PB & ZIP(4); horiz. gutter pair
1288f --- untagged without precancel 11 x 10.5 none ---
1305Ei --- tagged sidewise coil 10 vert. tagged - dull gum joint line pair
1305El --- untagged sidewise coil 10 vert. none ---
1305Ej --- imperforate coil pair imperf. tagged - dull gum joint line pair
 115¢ Oliver Wendell Holmes · Type III 

Designer: Richard Hurd ·  Vignette: Joseph S. Creamer · Lettering: Howard F. Sharpless      

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1288B 6/14/1978 rotary booklet stamp (single) 10 x 10 tagged ---
1288Bg --- tagging omitted booklet single 10 x 10 none ---
1288Bc 6/14/1978 rotary booklet pane (8) 10 x 10 tagged ---
1288Bh --- tagging omitted booklet pane (8) 10 x 10 none ---
1288Be --- booklet pane of 8 imperf. between imperf. tagged ---
 16¢ Ernie Pyle · Brown 

Designer: Robert Geissmann · Vignette: Edward P. Archer · Lettering: Howard F. Sharpless     

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1398 5/7/1971 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
1398a --- untagged w/Bureau precancel 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
1398b --- untagged without precancel 11 x 10.5 none ---
 18¢ Elizabeth Blackwell · Violet

Designer: Robert Geissmann · Vignette: Edward P. Archer · Lettering: A. Saaverdra     

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1399 1/23/1974 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
 20¢ George C. Marshall · Deep Olive

Designer: Robert Geissmann · Vignette: Arthur W. Dintaman · Lettering: Kenneth C. Wiram     

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1289 10/24/1967 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 none - shiny gum dull gum
plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
1289a 4/3/1973 tagged rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged - shiny gum plate number block (4); 
ZIP block (4)
1289b --- black olive (color variety) 
rotary sheet stamp
11 x 10.5 tagged - dull gum plate number block (4); 
ZIP block (4)
 21¢ Amadeo Giannini · Green

Designer: Robert Geissmann · Vignette: Arthur W. Dintaman · Lettering: Howard F. Sharpless    

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1400 6/27/1973 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
 25¢ Frederick Douglass · Rose Lake

Designers: Walter D. Richards · Vignette: Arthur W. Dintaman · Lettering: Kenneth C. Wiram    

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1290 2/14/1967 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
1290a 4/3/1973 tagged rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged - shiny or dull gum plate number block (4); 
ZIP block (4)
1290b --- magenta (color variety)
rotary sheet stamp
11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
 30¢ John Dewey · Red Lilac

Designer: Richard Clark · Vignette: Edward P. Archer · Lettering: William R. Burnell     

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1291 10/21/1968 rotary sheet stamp 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
1291a 4/3/1973 tagged rotary sheet stamp 10.5 x 11 tagged plate number block (4); 
ZIP block (4)
 40¢ Thomas Paine · Blue Black

Designer: Robert Geissmann · Vignette: Arthur W. Dintaman · Lettering: Robert G. Culin   

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1292 1/29/1968 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
1292a 4/3/1973 tagged rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged - shiny or dull gum plate number block (4); 
ZIP block (4)
1292b --- tagging omitted rotary 11 x 10.5 tagging omitted - dull gum ---
 50¢ Lucy Stone · Rose Magenta 

Designer: Mark English · Vignette: Edward R. Felver · Lettering: Robert G. Culin   

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1293 8/13/1968 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes";
horiz. gutter pair
1293a 4/3/1973 tagged rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged plate number block (4); 
ZIP block (4)
 $1 Eugene O'Neill · Dull Purple 

Designer: Norman Todhunter · Vignette: Arthur W. Dintaman · Lettering: Robert G. Culin  

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1294 10/16/1967 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4); margin block w/"Use Zip Codes"
1294a 4/3/1973 tagged rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged plate number block (4); 
ZIP block (4)
1305C 1/12/1973 tagged sidewise coil 10 vert. tagged - shiny or dull gum joint line pair
1305Cd --- imperforate coil pair imperf. --- joint line pair
 $5 John Bassett Moore · Gray  Black  

Designer: Tom Laufer · Vignette: Arthur W. Dintaman · Lettering: William R. Burnell   

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Purpose
1295 12/3/1966 rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1295a 4/3/1973 tagged rotary sheet stamp 11 x 10.5 tagged - shiny or dull gum plate number block (4)


Bibliography and suggested additional reading:

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


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