Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1959

President: Dwight David Eisenhower · Postmaster General: Arthur E. Summerfield.
Domestic Letter Rate: 4¢ per oz. · Postcard Rate: 3¢ · Air Mail Rate: 7¢ per oz.
Admitted to the Union: Alaska (January 3) and Hawaii (August 21).

Commemorative Postage Stamps of 1959

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

Giori Press Printings – Perf 11 x 11 – 200 Subject Plates

4¢ Lincoln – Daniel French Statue
Washington, D.C. – May 30, 1959126,500,000 issued
Oregon Statehood Centennial
Astoria, OR – Feb. 14, 1959120,740,200 issued
Perry Arctic Exploration 50th Anniv.
Cresson, PA – Apr 6, 1959131,260,200 issued
“World Peace Through World Trade”
Washington, D.C. – April 20, 195947,125,200 issued
The Silver Centennial Stamp
Virginia City, NV – June 8, 1959123,105,000 issued
American Dental Association Stamp
New York, NY – Sept. 14, 1959118,445,000 issued
José de San Martin
“Champion of Liberty” – D.C. – Feb. 25288 Subject Plates – 45,569,088 issued
Opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway
Massena, NY – June 26, 1959126,105,050 issued
U.S. Flag with Forty-Nine Stars
Auburn, NY – July 4, 1959209,170,000 issued
Soil Conservation Stamp
Rapid City, SD – Aug. 26, 1959120,835,000 issued
Ernst Reuter
“Champion of Liberty” – D.C. – Sept. 29288 Subject Plates – 43,099,200 issued

Rotary Press – Perf 10½ x 11 – 200 Subject Electric Eye Plates

1¢ Lincoln Sesquicentennial
Young Lincoln – Hodgenville, KYFeb. 12, 1959 – 120,400,200 issued
3¢ Lincoln Sesquicentennial
Lincoln Bust by Borglum – New York, NYFeb. 27, 1959 – 91,160,200 issued
Centenary of First Oil Well
Titusville, PA – Aug. 27, 1959115,715,000 issued
José de San Martin
Champion of Liberty – D.C. – Feb. 25280 Subject Plates – 133,623,280 issued
10th Anniv. of NATO
Washington, D.C. – Apr. 1, 1959280 Subject Plates – 122,493,280 issued
Ernst Reuter
Champion of Liberty – D.C. – Sept. 29280 Subject Plates – 111,685,000 issued
Ephraim McDowell Stamp
Danville, KY – Dec. 3, 1959280 Subject Plates – 115,444,000 issued

The Air Mail Stamps of 1959

Rotary Press – 400 Subject Electric Eye Plates – Perf 11 x 10½.

Scott C53 -  7¢ Alaska Statehood Stamp Scott C55 -  7¢ Hawaii Statehood Air Mail Stamp Scott C58 -  15¢ Statue of Liberty Air Mail Stamp
7¢ Alaska Statehood Air Mail
Juneau, AK – Jan. 3, 195990,055,200 issued
7¢ Hawaii Statehood Air Mail
Honolulu, HI – Aug. 21, 195984,815,000 issued
15¢ Statue of Liberty Air Mail
New York, NY – Oct. 20, 195998,160,000 issued

Giori Press – Perf 11 x 11 – 200 Subject Plates

Scott C54 -  7¢ Balloon Jupiter Air Mail Stamp Scott C56 -  10¢ Pan American Games Air Mail Stamp
7¢ Balloon Jupiter Air Mail
Lafayette, IN – Aug. 17, 195979,290,000 issued
10¢ Pan American Games Air Mail
Chicago, IL – Aug. 27, 195938,770,000 issued

Ordinary issue:

See also:The Series of 1954 – "The Liberty Issue"
Scott 1034 – 2½¢ Bunker Hill – June 17, 1959
Scott 1037 – 4½¢ Hermitage – March 16, 1959
Scott 1045 – 12¢ Benjamin Harrison – Untagged – June 6, 1959
Scott 1059 – 4½¢ Hermitage Coil Stamp – Large Holes: May 1, 1959.

Commemoratives:

Scott 1113 – 1¢ Lincoln Sesquicentennial – Young Lincoln – Designer: Ervine Metzl – Engraver: R. M. Bower
Scott 1114 – 3¢ Lincoln Sesquicentennial – Borglum Bust – Designer: Ervine Metzl – Engraver: A. W. Dintaman
Scott 1116 – 4¢ Lincoln – Daniel Chester French Statue – Designer: Ervine Metzl – Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1124 – 4¢ Oregon Statehood Centennial – Designer: Robert Hallock – Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1125 – 4¢ "Champion of Liberty" – Jose de San Martin – Designer: Arnold Copeland – Engraver: M. D. Fenton
Scott 1126 – 8¢ "Champion of Liberty" – Jose de San Martin – Designer: Arnold Copeland – Engraver: M. D. Fenton
Scott 1127 – 4¢ 10th Anniversary of NATO – Designer: Stevan Dohanos – Engraver: Reuben Barrick
Scott 1128 – 4¢ Robert Perry Arctic Exploration 50th Anniv. – Designer: George Samerjan – Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1129 – 8¢ “World Peace Through World Trade” Stamp – Designer: Robert Baker – Engraver: M. D. Fenton
Scott 1130 – 4¢ Silver Centennial Stamp – Designer: Robert L. Miller – Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1131 – 4¢ Opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway – Designer: Arnold Copeland – Engraver: R. M. Bower
Scott 1132 – 4¢ U.S. Flag with Forty-Nine Stars – Designer: Stevan Dohanos – Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1133 – 4¢ Soil Conservation Stamp – Designer: Walter Hortens – Engraver: R. M. Bower
Scott 1134 – 4¢ Centenary of the First Oil Well at Titusville, PA – Designer: Robert Foster – Engraver: A. W. Dintaman
Scott 1135 – 4¢ American Dental Association Stamp – Designer: Charles H. Carter – Engraver: M. D. Fenton
Scott 1136 – 4¢ " Champion of Liberty" – Ernst Reuter – Designer: Arnold Copeland – Engraver: R. M. Bower
Scott 1137 – 8¢ " Champion of Liberty" – Ernst Reuter – Designer: Arnold Copeland – Engraver: R. M. Bower
Scott 1138 – 4¢ Ephraim McDowell Stamp – Designer: C. R. Chickering – Engraver: C. A. Brooks.

Air Mail:

Scott C53 – 7¢ Alaska Statehood Air Mail Stamp.
Scott C54 – 7¢ Balloon Jupiter Air Mail Stamp.
Scott C55 – 7¢ Hawaii Statehood Air Mail Stamp.
Scott C56 – 10¢ Pan American Games Air Mail Stamp.
Scott C58 – 15¢ Statue of Liberty Air Mail Stamp.

Special Delivery:

There were no new Special Delivery stamps issued in 1959.

Postage Due:

The Postage Due Stamps of the 1959 Series.
Denominations ranging from ½¢ to $5 were issued on January 19, 1959.Note that the 11¢, 13¢ and 17¢ stamps were not issued until January 2, 1978, nearly nineteen years later.

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