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1934
Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1934
President: Franklin Delano Roosevelt · Postmaster General: James A. Farley
Domestic Letter Rate: 3¢ per oz · Postcard Rate: 1¢
Air Mail Rate: Jan. 1 - Jun. 30: 8¢ per oz · Jul. 1 - Dec. 31: 6¢/oz. - Air Mail Special Delivery Rate: Aug. 30, 1934: 16¢/oz.

Commemorative Postage Stamps of 1934
Flat Plate · Perf 11 · see also: The Farley Issues

3¢ Maryland Tercentenary
FDC: Mar. 23, 1934 · 46,258,300 Issued
3¢ Mothers of America
FDC: May 2, 1934 · 15,432,200 Issued
3¢ Wisconsin Tercentenary
FDC: July 7, 1934 · 64,525,400 Issued


Commemorative Postage Stamps of 1934

Rotary Press · Perf 11 x 10½

3¢ Mothers of America
FDC: May 2, 1934 - 193,239,100 Issued


The National Parks Issue of 1934

Flat Plate · Perf 11 · 200 Subject Plates · see also - The Farley Issues of 1935


El Capitan at Yosemite
FDC: July 16, 1934 · 84,896,350 Issued
Old Faithful at Yellowstone
FDC: July 30, 1934 · 30,980,150 Issued
"Great White Throne" at Zion
FDC: Sept. 18, 1934 · 15,288,700 Issued
Great Smoky Mountains
FDC: Oct. 8, 1934 · 18,874,300 Issued

The Grand Canyon
FDC: July 24, 1934 · 74,400,200 Issued
Mirror Lake at Mount Rainier
FDC: August 3, 1934 · 95,089,000 Issued
Glacier National Park
FDC: Aug. 27, 1934 · 17,472,600 Issued

Wizard Island at Crater Lake
FDC: Sept. 5, 1934 · 16,923,350 Issued
Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde
FDC: Sept. 25, 1934 · 19,178,650 Issued
"The Great Head" at Bar Harbor
FDC: Oct. 2, 1934 · 15,988,250 Issued


The Air Mail Stamp of 1934

Rotary Press - Perf 11 x 10½ - 200 Subject Plates

C19 - The Six Cent Winged Globe
FDC: June 30/July 1, 1934 - 302,205,100 issued

Although the new air mail rate of 6¢ did not go into effect until July 1, some of these stamps were issued on the day before. "First Day" Covers are from that date, although to meet the correct postage an additional two cent stamp was added to most of these covers. Some of the envelopes made it through the mails without the added 2¢ postage necessary to pay the then current rate of 8¢. The majority of the June 30 covers originated from the Baltimore Post Office, although covers are known from Brooklyn and New York City as well. All are very collectible. July 1, 1934 was a Sunday and, breaking precedent, the D.C. Post Office postmarked covers on that day. The July 1 covers, although officially the first day covers using the new stamps for the new rate, do not bring the premiums that the June 30 covers bring.



The Air Mail Special Delivery Stamp of 1934

Flat Plate · Perf 11 · 200 Subject Plates · see also - The Farley Issues of 1935

CE1 - Great Seal of the United States
FDC: Aug. 30, 1934 - 9,215,750 issued

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1934:

Ordinary issue:
Scott 635a - The 3¢ Lincoln Reissue - Distinguished by its Bright Violet Color
Commemoratives:
Scott 735 - 3¢ Byrd Antarctic Issue Souvenir Sheet of 6 (see also 1933) - Issued without Gum
Scott 735a - Single stamp from the Scott 735 sheet of 6
Scott 736 - 3¢ Maryland Tercentenary Issue - Designer: Alvin R. Meissner
Engravers: John C. Benzing (vignette) · Edward M. Hall (lettering)
Scott 737 - 3¢ Mothers of America - Rotary Press - Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: J. C. Benzing (vignette) · E. M. Hall & W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 738 - 3¢ Mothers of America - Flat Plate - Designer: Victor S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: J. C. Benzing (vignette) · E. Hall & W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 739 - 3¢ Wisconsin Tercentenary Issue - Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: Carl T. Arlt (vignette) · Edward H. Helmuth (lettering)
Scott 740 - 1¢ El Capitan at Yosemite - Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: J. C. Benzing (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 741 - 2¢ The Grand Canyon - Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: L. S. Schofield (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 742 - 3¢ Mirror Lake at Mount Rainier - Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: J. C. Benzing (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 743 - 4¢ Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde - Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · E. H. Helmuth (lettering)
Scott 744 - 5¢ Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone - Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 745 - 6¢ Wizard Island at Crater Lake - Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: L. S. Schofield (vignette) · D. R. McLeod (lettering)
Scott 746 - 7¢ "The Great Head" at Bar Harbor - Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: J. C. Benzing (vignette) · D. R. McLeod & E. H. Helmuth (lettering)
Scott 747 - 8¢ "The Great White Throne" at Zion - Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · D. R. McLeod (lettering)
Scott 748 - 9¢ Mount Rockwell at Glacier - Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engraver: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 749 - 10¢ The Great Smoky Mountains - Designer: Esther A. Richards
Engravers: L. S. Schofield (vignette) · E. H. Helmuth (lettering)
For Scott 750 and 751 see also, respectively, Scott 770 and Scott 769, the Farley Special Printings issued without gum
Scott 750 - The 3¢ Mount Rainier Souvenir Sheet of Six - Issued with Gum (not a Farley Special Printing)
Scott 751 - The 1¢ Yosemite Souvenir Sheet of Six - Issued with Gum (this is not a Farley Special Printing)

"Lettering" refers to the lettering, numerals and, where applicable, the frame. Each engraver was assigned a portion of the stamp which emphasized his particular area of expertise. In practice, this meant the senior engravers were assigned the task of engraving the portrait or vignette and the less senior engravers the task of engraving the numerals, lettering and frame.

Air Mail:
Scott C19 -6 ¢ Dull Orange Winged Globe - Designer: A. R. Meissner
Engravers: F. Pauling (vignette) · E. M. Hall (lettering)

Special Delivery:
There were no new Special Delivery stamps issued in 1934.

Air Mail Special Delivery:
Scott CE1 - The 16¢ Great Seal of the United States - Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: J. Eissler (vignette) · E. H. Helmuth (lettering)
see also: The Farley Issues

Suggested reading:
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Stamps of the United States 1933-1945 - by Brian C. Baur (1993 Linn's Stamp News)

The United States Postage Stamps of the Twentieth Century Volume IV: Commemoratives 1933-1937 - by Max Johl (1938 H. L. Lindquist publisher)

The United States Postage Stamps of the Twentieth Century Volume III: 1922-1935 Parcel Post & Air Mails - by Max Johl (1935 H. L. Lindquist publisher)


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