|Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1955
Wet Vs Dry Printing Methods
President: Dwight David Eisenhower · Postmaster General: Arthur E. Summerfield
Domestic Letter Rate: 3¢ per oz. · Postcard Rate: 2¢ · Air Mail Rate: 6¢ per oz
Commemorative Postage Stamps of 1955
Rotary Press - Perf 11 x 10½ - 200 Subject Electric Eye Plates
|Land Grant Colleges Centennial
East Lansing, MI - Feb. 12, 1955
|Rotary International 50th Anniv.
Chicago, IL - Feb. 23, 1955
|Armed Forces Reserve Stamp
Washington, D.C. - May 21, 1955
|Soo Locks Centenary Stamp
Sault Sainte Marie, MI - June 28, 1955
|Atoms for Peace Stamp
Washington, D.C. - July 28, 1955
|Fort Ticonderoga Bicentennial Stamp
Fort Ticonderoga, NY - Sep. 18, 1955
|Rotary Press - Perf 10½ x 11 - 200 Subject Electric Eye Plates|
|Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA - Jan. 15, 1955
Dry Method Printing - 116,139,800 issued
|Old Man of the Mountain
Franconia, NH - June 21, 1955
|The Andrew Mellon Stamp
Washington, D.C. - Dec. 20, 1955
280 Subject Plates - 112,434,000 issued
|Certified Mail Stamp of 1955
Rotary Press - Perf 10½ x 11 - 200 Subject Electric Eye Plates
|15¢ Mailman Delivering Letters
Washington, D.C. - June 6, 1955
|The Dry Printing Special Handling Postage Stamps of 1955
Wet Vs Dry Printing Methods · Flat Plate - Dry Printing - Perforated 11 - 200 Subject Plates
|10¢ Special Handling - Dry Printing||15¢ Special Handling - Dry Printing||20¢ Special Handling - Dry Printing|
The Special Handling stamps were printed using the wet method through most of 1955, when some were printed using the new dry method. It
should be noted that all of the Special Handling stamps were printed on flat plate presses and that the 25¢ stamp was
never printed using the dry method.
1. The wet-print, depending on the direction of the grain of the paper, is narrower or shorter than the dry-print, typically from .4 to .7 mm narrower or shorter. This can be seen by overlapping the stamp in question with a known wet-print stamp. A good choiuce for this would be any 25¢ Special Handling stamp since they were all wet-printings. If the stamp in question measures similar in both the vertical and horizontal directions, it must be a wet-print. If the stamp is noticeably longer or wider, then it might be a dry-print.
This new research presents some interesting findings. Since many of the stamps that have been traditionally classified as dry-prints are actually wet-prints, the Special Handling dry-prints appear to be substantially rarer than previously thought. The dry-printings are unknown properly used on a contemporary cover. In fact, Mr. Rufe is offering a bounty of $300 for the first certified proper usage on cover.
The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1955:
see also:The Series of 1954 - "The Liberty Issue"
Scott 1030a - ½¢ Benjamin Franklin - Wet Printing - Oct. 20, 1955
Scott 1039a - 6¢ Theodore Roosevelt - Wet Printing - Nov. 18, 1955
Scott 1049a - 30¢ Robert E. Lee - Wet Printing - Sept. 21, 1955
Scott 1050a - 40¢ John Marshall - Wet Printing - Sept. 24, 1955
Scott 1051a - 50¢ Susan B. Anthony - Wet Printing - Aug. 25, 1955
Scott 1052a - $1 Patrick Henry - Wet Printing - Oct. 7, 1955
Scott 1064 - 3¢ Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts Sesquicentennial - Designer: McCloskey, Jr. - Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1065 - 3¢ Land Grant Colleges Centennial Stamp - Designer: Wm. K. Schrage - Engraver: A. W. Dintaman
Scott 1066 - 8¢ Rotary International 50th Anniversary Stamp - Designer: C. R. Chickering - Engraver: R. M. Bower
Scott 1067 - 3¢ Armed Forces Reserve Stamp - Designer: C. R. Chickering - Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1068 - 3¢ Old Man of the Mountain Sesquicentennial - Designer: Wm. K. Schrage - Engraver: R. M. Bower
Scott 1069 - 3¢ Soo Locks Centenary Stamp - Designer: C. R. Chickering - Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1070 - 3¢ Atoms for Peace Stamp - Designer: George R. Cox - Engraver: R. M. Bower
Scott 1071 - 3¢ Fort Ticonderoga Bicentennial Stamp - Designer: Enrico Arno - Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1072 - 3¢ Andrew Mellon Stamp - Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. - Engraver: R. M. Bower
There were no new Air Mail stamps issued in 1955.
There were no new Special Delivery stamps issued in 1955.
Scott FA1 - 15¢ Mailman Delivering Letters
Special Handling - Dry Printing - Wet Vs Dry
Scott QE1a - 10¢ Special Handling Stamp
Scott QE2a - 15¢ Special Handling Stamp
Scott QE3a - 20¢ Special Handling Stamp
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