Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1897

Presidents: 1/1-3/3: Grover Cleveland · 3/4-12/31: William McKinley.
Postmasters General:1/1-3/4: William L. Wilson · 3/5-12/31: James A. Gary.
Domestic Letter Rate: 2¢ per oz. · Card Rate: 1¢ · Registry Fee: 8¢ · Foreign Rate: 5¢.

Ordinary Postage Stamps First Issued in 1897

Double-line watermarked USPS · Perf 12 · 200 Subject Plates.
see also: Distinguish the Types of the Two Cent Triangles.

Scott 267a – 2¢ Pink Type III – Design of 1894 – Nov. 1897 – EDU:12/8/97.
Scott 279Bf – 2¢ Carmine Type IV – Design of 1894 – EDU:11/18/97.
Scott 279Bg – 2¢ Pink Type IV – Design of 1894 – EDU:12/1/97.

Although the type IV two cent stamp is usually considered an 1898 stamp, the new type IV die was first issued in the carmine and pink shades at least as early as November 1897. Scott lists red 2¢ type IV as the main color for the 279B stamp, but our research shows the red shade is not documented before May 1899. Plates using the type IV dies started with plate number 505, any of the watermarked two cent stamps printed from an earlier plate is a Scott 267.

No new varieties of commemorative stamps were issued in 1897.
No new varieties of the U.S. Special Delivery stamps were issued in 1897.

U.S. Postage Due Stamps of 1897

Printed by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing on soft porous double-line watermarked paper.
Scott J43 – 30¢ Deep Claret – Design of 1894 – Issue date: August 21, 1897.