U.S. Postage Stamps First Issued in 1881

Scott 206P4 - 1¢ Re-Engraved Franklin Proof 3¢ Washington of 1881
1¢ Franklin of 1881 3¢ Washington of 1881

American Bank Note Company – Soft Porous Paper – Perf 12 – 200 Subject Plates.
Presidents: 1/1-3/3: Rutherford B. Hayes · 3/4-9/20: James Garfield · 9/20-12/31: Chester A. Arthur.
Postmasters General: 1/1-3/4: Horace Maynard · 3/5-12/19: Thomas L. James · 12/20-12/31: Timothy O. Howe.
Domestic Letter Rate: 3¢ per 1/2 oz. · Card Rate: 1¢ · Registry Fee: 10¢ · Foreign Rate: 5¢.

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1881:
Scott 206 – One Cent Gray Blue Franklin – EDU: Nov. 2, 1881 – over 2 billion issued.
Scott 207 – Three Cent Blue Green Washington – EDU: August 7, 1881 – about 1.5 billion issued.
American Bank Note Company Special Printing – Design of 1869 Pictorial:
Scott 133a – One Cent Brown Orange Franklin – est. less than 15,000 sold.

See also: Designs of the 1870-1888 Regular Issues.

Commemoratives: The first Commemorative stamps were not issued until 1893.
Special Delivery: The first Special Delivery stamps were not issued until 1885.
Postage Dues: The first Postage Due Stamps were not issued until 1879.

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