Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1937

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 : 20¢ per ½ oz. (S.F. to Honolulu) – 50¢ per ½ oz. (to Philippines) – 70¢ per ½ oz. (to China).

Commemorative Postage Stamps of 1937

Rotary Press – Perf 11 x 10½ – 200 Subject Plates.
The Army Issue.


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

2¢ Generals Jackson & Scott
Washington D.C. – January 15, 1937 93,848,500 issued

3¢ Sherman, Grant, & Sheridan
Washington D.C. – February 18, 1937 87,741,150 issued

4¢ Robert E. Lee & Stonewall Jackson
Washington D.C. – March 23, 1937 – 35,794,150

5¢ U.S. Military Academy at West Point

West Point NY, Washington D.C. – May 26, 1937 – 36,839,250

The Navy Issue


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

2¢ Decatur & MacDonough
Washington D.C. – January 15, 1937 92,054,550 issued

3¢ Admirals Farragut & Porter
Washington D.C. – February 18, 1937 93,291,650 issued

4¢ Admirals Sampson, Dewey & Schley
Washington D.C. – March 23, 1937 – 34,552,950

5¢ Seal of the U.S. Naval Academy
Annapolis MD, Washington D.C. – May 26, 1937 – 36,819,050

Other Commemoratives of 1937

Northwest Territory Sesquicentennial Marietta, Ohio – July 13, 1937 84,825,250 issued Virginia Dare Flat Plate – Manteo, NC – Aug. 18, 1937 25,040,400 issued Constitution Sesquicentennial Philadelphia – September 17, 1937 99,882,300 issued Hawaii Territorial Issue Honolulu – Oct. 18, 1937 78,454,450 issued

Alaska Territorial Issue
Juneau, Alaska – November 12, 1937 77,004,200 issued

Puerto Rico Territorial Issue
San Juan , Puerto Rico – November 25, 1937 81,292,450 issued
Virgin Islands Territorial Issue
Charlotte Amalie, VI – December 15, 1937 76,474,550 issued

The Souvenir Sheet of 1937


Society of Philatelic Americans Souvenir Sheet
New York – FDC: August 26, 1937 – only 5,277,445 issued.
See also: National Parks Issue of 1934 .

The Air Mail Stamps of 1937

Flat Plate – Perforated 11 – 200 Subject Plates.

Scott C21 - 20¢ China Clipper Over the Pacific Scott C22 - 50¢ China Clipper Over the Pacific
20¢ "China Clipper" Over the Pacific
FDC: Feb. 15, 1937 – 12,794,600 Issued
50¢ "China Clipper" Over the Pacific
FDC: Feb. 15, 1937 – 9,285,300 Issued

In 1937, the Trans-Pacific route added a new destination, Hong Kong. These stamps were issued to conform with this added service. These stamps took on the nickname "China Clippers’ after the Martin M-130 seaplane whose nickname was the "China Clipper".

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1937:

Ordinary issue:

There were no new varieties of the ordinary stamps issued in 1937.

Commemoratives:

Both the 1¢ Army and 1¢ Navy stamps were issued in 1936
Scott 786 – 2¢ Army Generals Jackson and Scott – Designer: Wm. K. Schrage
Engravers: J. Eissler & H. R. Rollins (vignette) · Edward Hall (lettering)
Scott 787 – 3¢ Army Sherman, Grant, and Sheridan – Designer: Victor S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: F. Pauling (vignette) · E. M. Weeks (lettering)
Scott 788 – 4¢ Army Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson – Designer: Wm. K. Schrage
Engravers: L. C. Kauffmann & J. Eissler (vignette) · E. M. Hall (lettering)
Scott 789 – 5¢ Army United States Military Academy at West Point – Designer: Capt. L. E. Schick
Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · E. M. Weeks (lettering)
Scott 791 – 2¢ Navy Decatur and MacDonough – Designer: Alvin R. Meissner
Engravers: John Eissler & Carl T. Arlt (vignette) · E. M. Weeks (lettering)
Scott 792 – 3¢ Navy Admirals Farragut and Porter – Designer: A. R. Meissner
Engravers: L. C. Kauffmann & Carl T. Arlt (vignette) · Wm. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 793 – 4¢ Navy Admirals Sampson, Dewey and Schley – Designer: A. R. Meissner
Engravers: J. Eissler (vignette) · Wm. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 794 – 5¢ Navy Seal of the U.S. Naval Academy – Designer: A. R. Meissner
Engravers: F. Pauling (vignette) · Wm. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 795 – 3¢ Northwest Territory Sesquicentennial – Designer: A. R. Meissner
Engravers: L. C. Kauffmann & George L. Huber (vignette) · Wm. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 796 – 5¢ Virginia Dare – 350th Anniversary – Designer: Wm. K. Schrage
Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · E. M. Weeks (lettering)
Scott 797 – 10¢ Great Smoky Mountains Souvenir Sheet – Designer: Esther A. Richards
Engravers: Louis S. Schofield (vignette) · C. A. Smith (lettering)
Scott 798 – 3¢ Signing of the Constitution Sesquicentennial – Designer: A. R. Meissner
Engravers: J. Eissler & Carl T. Arlt (vignette) · Wm. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 799 – 3¢ Hawaii Territorial Issue – Statue of Kamehameha – Designer: A. R. Meissner
Engravers: C. Chalmers (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 800 – 3¢ Alaska Territorial Issue – Mt. McKinley – Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · Wm. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 801 – 3¢ Puerto Rico Territorial Issue La Fortaleza, San Juan – Designer: Wm. Schrage & Wm. A. Roach
Engravers: J. Eissler (vignette) · G. L. Huber (lettering)
Scott 802 – 3¢ Virgin Islands Territorial Issue – Charlotte Amalie Harbor – Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr.
Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · J. T. Vail (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:

Scott C21 – 20¢ China Clipper – Designer: A. R. Meissner.
Engravers: Carl T. Arlt (vignette) · W. B. Wells & D. R. McLeod (lettering).
Scott C22 – 50¢ China Clipper – Designer: A. R. Meissner.
Engravers: Carl T. Arlt (vignette) · W. B. Wells, D. R. McLeod & Alton Payne (lettering).

Special Delivery:

There were no new Special Delivery stamps issued in 1937.

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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