U.S. Promient Americans Series of 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.

  1¢ Thomas Jefferson · Green

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

Cat. # FDC Printing Method · Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
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
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
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
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

  4¢ Abraham Lincoln · Black

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

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

15¢ Oliver Wendell Holmes · Type III

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

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
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
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
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
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
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

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

Cat. # FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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