Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1936

President: Franklin Delano Roosevelt · Postmaster General: James A. Farley.
Domestic Letter Rate: 3¢ per oz. · Postcard Rate: 1¢ –
Air Mail Rate: 6¢ per oz. · Air Mail Special Delivery Rate: 16¢ per oz.
Trans-Pacific Air Mail:25¢ per ½ oz. (each leg – S.F.- Honolulu – Guam – Manila).

Commemorative Postage Stamps of 1936

Rotary Press – Perf 11 x 10½ – 200 Subject Plates.


Texas Centennial
Gonzales, Texas – March 2, 1936 124,324,500 issued

Rhode Island Tercentenary
Providence, RI – May 4, 1936 Perf 10½ x 11 – 67,127,650 issued

Arkansas Centennial
Little Rock – June 15, 1936 72,992,650 issued

Oregon Territory Centennial
7/14 – Lewiston ID; Astoria OR; Missoula MO Walla Walla WA; Daniel WY – 74,407,450

Susan B. Anthony
400 subject plates – Rochester, NY August 26, 1936 – 269,522,200 issued

1¢ Army – Generals Washington & Greene
Washington D.C. – December 15, 1936 105,196,150 issued

1¢ Navy – John Paul Jones & John Barry
Washington D.C. – December 15, 1936 104,773,450 issued

The Souvenir Sheet of 1936


Third International Philatelic Exhibition Souvenir Sheet New York Branch Philatelic Agency in the Grand Central Palace, NY
May 9, 1936 – only 2,809,039 issued.

The Air Mail Special Delivery Stamp of 1936

Flat Plate – Perforated 11 – 200 Subject Plates.

Scott CE2 - 16¢ Air Mail Special Delivery
CE2 – 16¢ Air Mail Special Delivery FDC: Feb. 10, 1936 · Quantity Issued: 72,517,850

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1936:

Ordinary issue:

There were no new varieties of the ordinary stamps issued in 1936.

Commemoratives:

Scott 776 – 3¢ Texas Centennial – Designer: A. R. Meissner
Engravers: C. T. Arlt, L. C. Kauffmann & F. Pauling (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 777 – 3¢ Rhode Island Tercentenary – Designer: Alvin R. Meissner
Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) ·W. B. Wells & D. R. McLeod (lettering)
Scott 782 – 3¢ Arkansas Centennial – Designer: Alvin R. Meissner
Engravers: Carl T. Arlt (vignette) ·Wm. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 783 – 3¢ Oregon Territory Centennial – Designer: A. R. Meissner
Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) ·Wm. B. Wells & George L. Huber (lettering)
Scott 784 – 3¢ Susan B. Anthony – Designer: Victor S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: Carl T. Arlt (vignette) · Edward M. Hall (lettering)
Scott 785 – 1¢ Army Stamp – Designer: Wm K. Schrage
Engravers: M. D. Fenton & Frank Pauling (vignette) · E. M. Hall (lettering)
Scott 790 – 1¢ Navy Stamp – Designer: A. R. Meissner
Engraver: C. T. Arlt & L. C. Kauffmann (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering).

“Lettering” refers to the lettering, numerals and, where applicable, the frame. Each engraver was assigned a portion of the stamp which emphasized his particular area of expertise. In practice, this meant the senior engravers were assigned the task of engraving the portrait or vignette and the less senior engravers the task of engraving the numerals, lettering and frame.

Air Mail Special Delivery:

Scott CE2 – The Red and Blue 16¢ Great Seal of the United States – Designer: Victor S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: John Eissler (vignette) · Edward H. Helmuth (lettering).

Air Mail:

There were no new Special Delivery stamps issued in 1936.

Special Delivery:

There were no new Special Delivery stamps issued in 1936.

Suggested reading:

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Stamps of the United States 1933-1945 – by Brian C. Baur (1993 Linn’s Stamp News)
The United States Postage Stamps of the Twentieth Century Volume IV: Commemoratives 1933-1937 – by Max Johl (1938 H. L. Lindquist publisher)

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