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Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1940
The Famous American Series of 1940
President: Franklin D. Roosevelt - Postmasters General: Jan. 1 to Sep. 9: James A. Farley · Sep. 10 to Dec. 31: Frank C. Walker
Domestic Letter Rate: 3¢ per oz. · Postcard Rate: 1¢ · Air Mail Rate: 6¢ per oz.

Commemorative Postage Stamps of 1940
Rotary Press - Perf 11 x 10½ - 200 Subject Electric Eye Plates

80th Anniversary of the Pony Express
Sacramento, CA and St. Joseph, MO
4/3/1940 · 46,497,400 issued
50th Anniversary of Idaho Statehood
First Day in Boise, Idaho
July 3, 1940 · 50,618,150 issued
400th Anniv. of the Coronado Expedition
First Day in Albuquerque, NM
Sept. 7, 1940 · 60,943,700 issued

Rotary Press - Perf 10½ x 11 - 200 Subject Electric Eye Plates

50th Anniv. of the Pan American Union
First Day in Washington, D.C.
April 14, 1940 · 47,700,000 issued
50th Anniv. of Wyoming Statehood
First Day in Cheyenne, Wyoming
July 10, 1940 · 50,034,400 issued
75th Anniv. of the 13th Amendment
First Day at the World's Fair Station, NY
Oct. 20, 1940 · 44,389,550 issued


Rotary Press - Perf 11 x 10½ - 400 Subject Electric Eye Plates

National Defense - Statue of Liberty
First Day in Washington D.C.
Oct. 16, 1940 ·6,081,409,300 issued
National Defense - Army and Navy
First Day in Washington D.C.
Oct. 16, 1940 · 5,211,708,300 issued
National Defense - Liberty's Torch
First Day in Washington D.C.
Oct. 16, 1940 · 8,384,867,600

The following postage stamp varieties werefirst issued by the U.S. in 1940:
There were no new Regular Issue stamps issued in 1940, although the National Defense stamps, Scott 899-901 might be considered regular issues since they were regularly issued at Post Office windows in an effort to stir sympathy for the looming war. The quantities issued for each of these certainly reflect this.

There were no new U.S. Air Mail stamps or U.S. Special Delivery stamps issued in 1940.

Commemoratives:
The Famous American Series of 1940

Authors
Scott 859 - 1¢ Famous American Author Washington Irving - Jan.29 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: Carl T. Arlt & Louis C. Kaufmann (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 860 - 2¢ Famous American Author James FenimoreCooper - Jan. 29 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & H. R. Rollins (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 861 - 3¢ Fam. American Author Ralph Waldo Emerson - Feb. 5 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & G. Roberts (vignette) · J. T. Vail & W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 862 - 5¢ Famous American Author Louisa May Alcott - Feb. 5 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & J. Eissler (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 863 - 10¢ Famous American Author Mark Twain - Feb. 13 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & C. A. Brooks (vignette) · J. T. Vail & W. B. Wells (lettering)

Poets
Scott 864 - 1¢ Famous AmericanPoet Henry WadsworthLongfellow - Feb.16 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & C. A. Brooks(vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 865 - 2¢ Famous American Poet John Greenleaf Whittier - Feb. 16 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. A. Brooks & W. O. Marks (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 866 - 3¢ Famous American Poet James Russell Lowell - Feb. 20 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. A. Brooks & John Eissler (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 867 - 5¢ Famous American Poet Walt Whitman - Feb. 20 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. A. Brooks & M. D. Fenton (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 868 - 10¢ Famous American Poet James Whitcomb Riley - Feb. 24 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)

Educators
Scott 869 - 1¢ Famous American Educator Horace Mann - March 14 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & W. O. Marks (vignette) · W. B. Wells & J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 870 - 2¢ Famous American Educator Mark Hopkins - March 14 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & L. C. Kauffmann (vignette) · W. B. Wells & J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 871 - 3¢ Famous American Educator Charles W. Eliot - March 28 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & George Roberts (vignette) · W. B. Wells & J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 872 - 5¢ Famous American Educator Frances E. Willard - March 28 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & J. R. Lowe (vignette) · W. B. Wells & J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 873 - 10¢ Famous American Educator Booker T. Washington - April 7 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & C. A. Brooks (vignette) · W. B. Wells & J. T. Vail (lettering)

Scientists
Scott 874 - 1¢ Famous American Scientist John James Audubon - April 8 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. A. Brooks & J. T. Vail (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 875 - 2¢ Famous American Scientist Dr. Crawford W. Long - April 8 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: J. T. Vail & J. Eissler (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 876 - 3¢ Famous American Scientist Luther Burbank - April 17 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: J. T. Vail & H. R. Rollins (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 877 - 5¢ Famous American Scientist Dr. Walter Reed - April 17 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: J. T. Vail & L. C. Kauffmann (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 878 - 10¢ Famous American Scientist Jane Addams - April 26 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: J. T. Vail & Carl T. Arlt (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)

Composers
Scott 879 - 1¢ Famous American Composer Stephen Collins Foster - May 3 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & George Roberts (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 880 - 2¢ Famous American Composer John Phillip Sousa - May 3 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & C. A. Brooks (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 881 - 3¢ Famous American Composer Victor Herbert - May 13 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 882 - 5¢ Famous American. Composer Edward A. MacDowell - May 13 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & J. Eissler (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 883 - 10¢ Famous American Composer Ethelbert Nevin - June 10 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & L. C. Kauffmann (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)

Artists
Scott 884 - 1¢ Famous American Artist Gilbert Charles Stuart - Sept. 5 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & W. O. Marks (vignette) · W. B. Wells & J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 885 - 2¢ Famous American Artist James McNeill Whistler - Sept. 5 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & M. D. Fenton (vignette) · W. B. Wells & J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 886 - 3¢ Famous American Artist Augustus Saint Gaudens - Sept. 16 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & M. D. Fenton (vignette) · W. B. Wells & J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 887 - 5¢ Famous American Artist Daniel Chester French - Sept. 16  - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & J. R. Lowe (vignette) · W. B. Wells & J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 888 - 10¢ Famous American Artist Frederic Remington - Sept. 30 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt & H. R. Rollins (vignette) · W. B. Wells & J. T. Vail (lettering)

Inventors
Scott 889 - 1¢ Famous American Inventor Eli Whitney - Oct. 7 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. A. Brooks & J. T. Vail (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 890 - 2¢ Famous American Inventor Samuel F. B. Morse - Oct. 7 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. A. Brooks & J. T. Vail (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 891 - 3¢ Famous American Inventor Cyrus Hall McCormick - Oct. 14 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. A. Brooks, J. Eissler & J. T. Vail (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 892 - 5¢ Famous American Inventor Elias Howe - Oct. 14 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. A. Brooks, L. C. Kaufmann & J. T. Vail (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 893 - 10¢ Famous American Inventor Alexander Graham Bell - Oct. 28 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. A. Brooks, W. O. Marks & J. T. Vail (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)

Other 1940 Commemoratives
Scott 894 - The 3¢ Pony Express - April 3 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · J. S. Edmondson (lettering)
Scott 895 - The 3¢ Pan American Union - April 14 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 896 - The 3¢ Idaho Statehood - July 3 - Designer: Wm. K. Schrage
Engravers: J. R. Lowe (vignette) · J. S. Edmondson (lettering)
Scott 897 - The 3¢ Wyoming Statehood - July 10 - Designer: Alvin R. Meissner
Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · Edward H. Helmuth (lettering)
Scott 898 - The 3¢ Coronado Expedition - Sept. 7 - Designer: Victor S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · J. S. Edmondson (lettering)
Scott 899 - The 1¢ National Defense Issue - Statue ofLiberty - Oct. 16 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 900 - The 2¢ National Defense Issue - Army and Navy - Oct. 16 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: H. R. Rollins (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 901 - The 3¢ National Defense Issue - Torch ofEnlightenment - Oct. 16 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: J. R. Lowe (vignette) · E. H. Helmuth (lettering)
Scott 902 - The 3¢ Thirteenth Amendment Issue - October 20 - Designer: William A. Roach
Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)

Suggested reading:

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

United States Famous American Series of 1940, by George C. Hahn (1950 - American Philatelic Society)

Design & Engraving of the Famous American Series of 1940, by James H. Patterson (U.S. Specialist Feb.-Jun. '95)

The Prexies, by Roland Rustad (1994 USSS)


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