Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1911

President: William Howard Taft · Postmaster General: Frank H. Hitchcock.
Domestic Letter Rate: 2¢ per oz. · Postcard Rate: 1¢ · Registry Fee: 10¢ · Foreign Rate: 5¢.

The Registry Stamp of 1911

Flat Plate – Perf 10 – 200 Subject Plates – First Day – Dec. 1, 1911.

Although the fee to register a letter could be paid by ordinary postage stamps, in an effort to afford registered letters the proper care and handling that they deserved, the Postmaster General decided to issue a special stamp in 1911. In practice, the confusion and misuse of this stamp was so prevalent that in May of 1913 its use was restricted to the existing supply until exhausted. Though the stamp was discontinued, it was, and still is, valid for paying the first ten cents of the registration fee.

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1911:

No new varieties of U.S. commemorative stamps were issued in 1911.
No new varieties of U.S. postage due stamps were issued in 1911.

Ordinary issue:

Designer: Claire Aubrey Huston, based on the profile from Houdon’s busts of Washington and Franklin.
Engravers: Marcus W. Baldwin, Edward M. Hall and Robert Ponickau.
Scott 376 – 3¢ Washington perf 12 single-line watermarked – EDU: 6/9/11.
Scott 377 – 4¢ Washington perf 12 single-line watermarked – EDU: 3/7/11.
Scott 378 – 5¢ Washington perf 12 single-line watermarked – EDU: 2/14/11.
Scott 379 – 6¢ Washington perf 12 single-line watermarked – EKU: 5/25/11.
Scott 380 – 8¢ Washington perf 12 single-line watermarked – EDU: 6/13/11.
Scott 381 – 10¢ Washington perf 12 single-line watermarked – EKU: 2/17/11.
Scott 382 – 15¢ Washington perf 12 S/L Wmk – EDU: 4/25/11.
Scott 389 – 3¢ Washington FP coil perf 12 vertically S/L Wmk – EDU: 3/8/11.
Scott 394 – 3¢ Washington flat plate coil perf 8½ vertically – EKU: 9/18/11.

Special Delivery:

Scott E8 – 10¢ Bicycle perf 12 single-line watermarked – EKU: 1/14/11.

Registry Stamp:

Scott F1 – The 10¢ Registry Stamp of 1911 – FDC: Dec. 1, 1911.

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