Designs of the 1980 Series – The Great Americans

Engraved and printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Great American Series presents many collecting challenges with perforation, tagging, color, paper type and marginal marking varieties. Most of the stamps listed here are known with tagging break varieties.

Identification of perforation varieties can be a little complicated. To help with the nomenclature of these perforations, a table of modern perforation types and their characteristics is included (this opens in a separate window).

1¢ black, Dorothea Dix, Social Reformer

Designer: Bernie Fuchs
Modeler: Clarence Holbert
Vignette: G. M. Chaconas
Lettering: Dennis Brown

Issue Date Usage USPS Souvenir Page: SP503 Cat. # Type Print Method Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings
Image Size: 19.05 x 22.09 mm
Issued 9/23/1983 in Hampden, Maine. The issue ceremony was at the Hampden Academy. This stamp, the 13th in the Series, replaced the 1¢ Americana stamp. 1844 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; floating plate no. 1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) small block PB(6); PB(20); ©UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1983 USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®;
1844a imperforate pair none —-
1844b vert. pair imperf. between & at bottom 11.2 x 11.1
1844c tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; floating plate nos. 1 and 2 10.8 x 10.9 (line) small block PB(6); PB( 20); © UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1983; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
1844d- tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; floating plate nos. 1 and 2 10.8 x 10.9 (line) large block
1844e vertical pair imperforate horizontal

1¢ brownish vermilion Margaret Mitchell, Author

Designer:
Ron Adair (TX)
Modeler: Frank J. Waslick
Vignette: Gary Chaconas
Lettering: Gary J. Slaght

Issue Date Usage Souvenir Page: SP711 Cat. # Type Print Method Plate Nos.
100 stamps per pane
Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 6/30/1986 at the Omni International in Atlanta, Georgia.
This stamp, the 31st in the Series, replaced the 1¢ Dorothea Dix stamp.
2168 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; plate no. 1 (4-positions) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4; ZIP block of 4; © UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1986; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
2168a tagging omitted 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none

2¢ brown, Igor Stravinsky, Composer

Designer: Burt Silverman (NYC)
Modeler: Clarence Holbert

Issue Date Usage Souvenir Page: SP504 Cat. # Type Print Method Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 19.05 x 22.09 mm
Issued 11/18/1982 in New York, New York. The issue ceremony was at the New York State Theater at the Lincoln Center, NYC. This stamp, the 8th in the Series, replaced the 2¢ Americana stamp. 1845 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio Cottrell press; plate nos. 1-6 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye overall plate # block of 4; ZIP block of 4; UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1982© ; ®USE CORRECT ZIP CODE; vertical pair, full gutter between
1845a tagging omitted (error stamp) plate nos. 1-4 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye none

2¢ bright blue, Mary Lyon, Educator

Designer: Ron Adair (TX)
Modeler: Clarence Holbert

Issue Date Usage Souvenir Page: SP712 Cat. # Type Print Method Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 2/28/1987 at the Chapin Auditorium in South Hadley, MA.

This stamp, the 37th in the Series, replaced the 2¢ Stravinsky stamp.

2169 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; plate nos. 1, 2 (4-positions) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block untagged area under chin; plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4; © UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1984; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
2169a intentionally untagged; sheet stamp; intaglio C press; plate no. 3 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
2169b tagging omitted (error stamp); plate no. 1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none untagged error, should be collected as a setenant pair, one tagged and one untagged, unless from plate no. 1


olive green Henry Clay, Statesman

Designer: Ward Brackett (CT)
Modeler: Clarence Holbert
Vignette: J. S. Creamer, Jr.
Lettering: Gary J. Slaght

Issue Date Usage Souvenir Page: SP505 Cat. # Type Print Method Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 19.05 x 22.09 mm
Issued 7/13/1983 in Washington, DC. The issue ceremony was in the Old Senate Chamber of the U. S. Capitol.

This stamp, the 12th in the Series, replaced the 3¢ Americana stamp.

1846 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio Cottrell press; plate nos. 1 and 2 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye overall plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4; © UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1983; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
1846a tagging omitted (error stamp) plate 1 only 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye none known on both dead and high-brite papers


bright blue Paul Dudley White MD, Cardiologist

Designer: Christopher Calle (CT)
Modeler: Clarence Holbert
Vignette: J. S. Creamer, Jr.
Lettering: Robert Culin, Sr.

Issue Date Usage Souvenir Page: SP713 Cat. # Type Print Method Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 9/15/1986 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

This stamp, the 34th in the Series, replaced the 3¢ Henry Clay stamp.

2170 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; plate nos. 1, 2, 3 (4-positions) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block dull gum plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4; © UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1986; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
2170a intentionally untagged; sheet stamp; intaglio C press; plate no. 4 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none dull and shiny gum plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4; known on both dead and high-brite papers
2170b tagging omitted (error stamp); plate nos. 2, 3 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none untagged error, should be collected as a setenant pair, one tagged and one untagged, unless from plate no. 2 or 3

4¢ purple Carl Schurz, Political Leader

Designer: Richard Sparks (CT)
Modeler: Esther Porter
Vignette: T. R. Hipschen
Lettering: Gary J. Slaght

Issue Date Usage Souvenir Page: SP506 Cat. # Type Print Method Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: not listed
Issued 6/3/1983 in Watertown, WI.

This stamp, the 9th in the Series, replaced the 4¢ Americana stamp.

1847 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio Cottrell press; plate nos. 1-4 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye overall plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4;
© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1983;
USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
1847a tagging omitted (error stamp) plates 1-3 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye none

4¢ blue violet Father Flanagan,
Founder of Boys Town

Designer:: Christopher Calle (CT)
Modeler: Clarence Holbert
Vignette: T. R. Hipschen
Lettering: Michael J. Ryan

Issue Date Usage Souvenir Page: SP714 Cat. #/Color Type Print Method Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 7/14/1986 in the high school dining hall on Father Flanagan Drive in Boys Town, Nebraska.

This stamp, the 32nd in the Series, replaced the 4¢ Carl Schurz stamp.

2171 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; plate no. 1 (4-positions) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4; © UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1986; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
2171c tagging omitted error sheet stamp; intaglio A press; plate no. 1 (4-positions) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block
2171b intentionally untagged; grayish violet; A press plate no.1 C press; plate no. 2 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
2171a (1993) intentionally untagged; deep grayish blue; whiter paper C press; plate no. 2 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
2171d albino impression – all color omitted 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none setenant w/ partially or fully colored stamp(s)

5¢ brown (henna) Pearl Buck, Author

Designer: Paul Calle
Modeler: Clarence Holbert
Vignette: T. R. Hipschen
Lettering: Gary J. Slaght

Issue Date Usage Souvenir Page: SP507 Cat. # Type Print Method Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 19.05 x 22.09 mm
6/25/1983 at McNeel Gymnasium in the Hillsboro Elementary-Middle School in Hillsboro, West Virginia.

This stamp was the 11th in the Great American Series.

1848 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio Cottrell press; plate nos. 1-4 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye overall plate # block of 4; ZIP block of 4; UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1983©; ®USE CORRECT ZIP CODE

5¢ dark olive green

Hugo L. Black, Jurist

Designer: Christopher Calle
Vignette: Kenneth Kipperman
Lettering: Robert G. Culin, Sr.

Issue Date Usage Souvenir Page: SP715 Cat. # Type Print Method Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
2/27/1986 at the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

This stamp, the 28th in the Series, replaced the 5¢ Pearl Buck stamp.

2172 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; plate nos. 1, 2 (4-positions) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4; © UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1986; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
2172a tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none

5¢ carmine Luis Munoz Marin, "Father of Modern Puerto Rico"

Designer: Juan Maldonado
Vignette: Gary Chaconas
Lettering: Gary J. Slaght

Issue Date Usage Souvenir Page: SP716 Cat. # Type Print Method Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
2/18/1990 San Juan, PR.

This stamp, the 47th in the Series, replaced the 5¢ Hugo Black stamp.

2173 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio C press; plate no. 1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) dull gum overall plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4; © UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1990; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®;
Descriptive Selvage:
stamp1: Luis Munoz Marin (1898-1980)
stamp 2: First Elected Governor of Puerto Rico, 1948
stamp 3: Founder of the Puerto Rico Commonwealth
2173a intentionally untagged sheet stamp; intaglio C press; plate no. 2 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) dull gum none
2173b tagging omitted (error stamp); should be collected as a setenant pair, one tagged and one untagged, or with plate no. 1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none

6¢ orange
(vermilion) Walter Lippmann, Columnist

Designer: Dennis Lyall (CT)
Modeler: Clarence Holbert
Vignette: T. R. Hipschen
Lettering: Robert G. Culin, Sr.

Issue Date Usage Souvenir Page: SP508 Cat. # Type Print Method Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
9/19/1985 at the Hyatt Regency during the National Newspaper Convention’s 100th anniversary in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This stamp, the 26th in the Series, did not meet any existing rate requirement but could be used to makeup the rate with another stamp.

1849 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio; floating plate no. 1 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) large block plate # block of 6; plate # block of 20 with either 1 or 2 plate numbers and selvage markings; © UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1985; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
1849a vertical pair, imperforate between and at bottom 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) large block

7¢ bright carmine Abraham Baldwin,
Statesman

Designer: Richard Sparks (CT)
Modeler: Esther Porter
Vignette: Kenneth Kipperman
Lettering: Dennis Brown

Issue Date Usage Souvenir Page: SP509 Cat. # Type Print Method Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 1/25/85 at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.

This stamp, the 18th in the Series, did not meet any existing rate requirement but could be used to makeup the rate with another stamp.

1850 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; floating plate no. 1 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) small block plate # block of 6; plate # block of 20 with either 1 or 2 plate numbers and selvage markings
© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1985;
USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

8¢ olive General Henry Knox,
Statesman

Designer: Arthur Lidov (NY)
Modeler: Ronald C. Sharpe
Vignette: John S. Wallace
Lettering: Gary J. Slaght

Issue Date Usage Souvenir Page: SP510 Cat. # Type Print Method Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
7/251985 at the Georges Valley H. S. Auditorium in Thomaston, Maineю

This stamp, the 25th in the Series, did not meet any existing rate requirement but could be used to makeup the rate with another stamp.

1851 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio I-8 press; floating plate nos. 3-6 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) overall plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1985; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
1851a tagging omitted (error stamp) plate no. 6 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) none

9¢ green (dark) Sylvanus Thayer,
Educator

Designer: Robert Anderson (MA)
Modeler: Clarence Holbert · Vignette: Kenneth Kipperman
Lettering: Stanley Scantlin

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP511 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 6/7/1985 at Frothingham Hall at the Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts.

This stamp, the 24th in the Series, did not meet any existing rate
requirement but could be used to makeup the rate with another stamp

1852 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; floating plate no. 1 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) small block plate # block of 6; plate # block of 20 with either 1 or 2 plate numbers and selvage markings

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1985; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

10¢ Prussian blue Richard Russell, U. S. Senator

Designer: Richard Sparks (CT)
Modeler: Ronald Sharpe
Vignette: Kenneth Kipperman
Lettering: Thomas J. Bakos

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP512 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 5/31/84 at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia.

This stamp, the 16th in the Series, replaced the 10¢ Americana stamp

1853 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; floating plate no. 1 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) small block plate # block of 6; plate # block of 20 with either 1 or 2 plate numbers and selvage markings

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1984; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

1853a tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; floating plate no. 1 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) large block
1853b vertical pair, imperforate between 10.8 x 10.9
1853c horizontal pair, imperforate between 10.8 x 10.9
1853d vertical pair, imperforate
horizontally
10.8 x 10.9

10¢
lake · Red Cloud, Sioux Indian Chief

Designer: R. Anderson (MA)
Modeler: Clarence Holbert
Vignette: J. S. Creamer, Jr.
Lettering: Robert Culin, Sr.

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP717 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 8/15/1987 at the Red Cloud Community School in Red Cloud, Nebraska.

This stamp, the 38th in the Series, replaced the 10¢ Russell stamp

2175 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; plate no. 1 (4-positions) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block, dull gum plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4; © UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1987; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
2175a A press plate #1; C press plate #2 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) overall dull gum; plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
2175b tagging omitted none
2175c C press PL #2; bulls-eye perfs; dull gum; uniform pre-phosphored, solid tagging plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
2175d C press PL #2; bulls-eye perfs; shiny gum; mottled pre-phosphored tagging plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
2175e carmine; C press #2; bulls-eye; shiny gum; mottled pre-phosphored tagging plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
2175f all color omitted 11.2 x 11.1

11¢ dark blue Alden Partridge, Educator

Designer: Robert Anderson (MA)
Modeler: Ronald Sharpe
Vignette: John S. Wallace
Lettering: Robert Culin, Sr.

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP513 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 2/12/1985 in Northfield, Vermont.

This stamp, the 19th in the Great American Series, replaced the 11¢ Americana stamp

1854 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio I-8 press; plate nos. 2-5 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) overall plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1984; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

1854a tagging omitted (error stamp) 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) none

13¢ maroon Chief Crazy Horse, American Indian Leader

Designer: Brad Holland (NY)
Modeler: Ronald Sharpe
Vignette: John Wallace
Lettering: Thomas Bakos

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP514 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 19.05 x 22.09 mm
Issued 1/15/1982 in Crazy Horse, South Dakota.

This stamp, the 6th in the Great American Series, paid the new rate for postcards, effective 11/1/1981

1855 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio Cottrell press; plate nos. 1-4 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye overall plate # block of 4; ZIP block of 4

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1981©; ®USE CORRECT ZIP CODE

1855a tagging omitted (error stamp) plate nos. 1-2 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye none

14¢ slate green · Sinclair Lewis, Novelist

Designer: Bradbury Thompson
Vignette : Thomas Hipschen
Lettering: Stanley Scantlin

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP515 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 3/21/1985 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

This stamp was the 22nd in the Great American Series.

1856 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; floating plate no. 1 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) small block plate # block of 6; plate # block of 20 with either 1 or 2 plate numbers and selvage markings

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1985; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

1856a tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; floating plate no. 1 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) large block
1856b vertical pair, imperforate horizontally
1856c horizontal pair, imperforate between
1856d vertical pair, imperforate between
1856e all color omitted 10.8 x 10.9

14¢ crimson · Julia Ward Howe, Social Reformer

Designer: W. Brackett (CT)
Modeler: V. J. Ruther
Vignette: J. S. Creamer
Lettering: R. Culin & J. L. Goodbody

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP718 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 2/12/1987 in Boston, Massachusetts.

This stamp, the 36th in the Great American Series, replaced the 14¢ Sinclair Lewis stamp

2176 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; plate nos. 1, 2 (4-positions) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1987; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

2176a tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none

15¢ claret · Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild West Showman

Designer: Jack Rosenthal (WY)
Vignette : Thomas Hipschen
Lettering: Michael J. Ryan

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP719 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 6/6/1988 in Cody, Wyoming.
The dedication ceremony was held in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

This stamp, the 40th in the Great American Series, replaced the 15¢ Americana flag stamp.

2177 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; plate nos. 1, 3 (4-positions) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1988; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

2177a (1990) A press plate #3; D press plate #2 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) overall
2177b A press (4-position) prephosphored coated paper 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) solid
2177c tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none
2177d all color omitted – setenant with
other partially or completely colored stamps
11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye)

17¢ green · Rachel Carson, Biologist

Designer: Ward Brackett (CT)
Modeler: V. Jack Ruther
Vignette: Kenneth Kipperman
Lettering: Albert Saavedra

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP516 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 19.05 x 22.09 mm
Issued 5/28/1981 in Springdale, Pennsylvania.

This stamp, the 3rd in the Great American Series, paid the new First-Class rate for the second ounce of mail.

1857 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio Cottrell press; plate nos. 1-4 and 13-16 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye overall plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE ; ®USE CORRECT ZIP CODE; ®Mr. ZIP

1857a tagging omitted (error stamp) plate nos. 1, 3, 4, 13, 14 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye none

17¢ dull blue green · Belva A. Lockwood, Women’s Rights Activist

Designer: Christopher Calle
Modeler: Frank Waslick
Vignette: J. S. Creamer
Lettering: Dennis Brown

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP720 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 6/18/1986 in Middleport, New York.

This stamp, the 30th in the Great American Series

2178 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; plate nos. 1, 2 (4-positions) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4; pair with horizontal gutter between

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1986; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®;

2178a tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none

18¢ dark blue · George Mason, Founding Father

Designer: Richard Sparks (CT)
Modeler: Ronald Sharpe
Vignette: Gary M. Chaconas
Lettering: James L. Goodbody

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP517 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 19.05 x 22.09 mm
Issued 5/7/1981 at Gunston Hall, Virginia.

This stamp, the 2nd in the Great American Series, replaced the 18¢ Americana stamp

1858 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio Cottrell press; plate nos. 1-6 type I paper; plate nos. 3 and 4 type II paper 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye overall pair with full horizontal gutter between on the tagged stamp; plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE ; ®USE CORRECT ZIP CODE; ®Mr. ZIP

1858a tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye none

19¢ brown Sequoyah, Devised the Cherokee Alphabet

Designer: Roy Anderson (CT)
Modeler: Jack Ruther
Vignette: John Wallace
Lettering: Albert Saavedra

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP518 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 19.05 x 22.09 mm
Issued 12/27/1980 at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

This stamp, the 1st in the Great American Series, paid the new international rate for post cards, effective 1/1/1981

1859 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio Cottrell press; plate nos. 39529, 39530 – note: this was the only Great American Series stamp that still used the 5-digit plate number; paper type I 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye overall plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE ; ®USE CORRECT ZIP CODE;
®Mr. ZIP

20¢ maroon (claret) · Ralph Bunche, Political Scientist

Designer: Jim Sharpe
Modeler: Clarence Holbert
Vignette: Kenneth Kipperman
Lettering: Gary J. Slaght

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP519 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 19.05 x 22.09 mm
Issued 1/12/1982 at the United Nations in New York City, New York.

This stamp, the 5th in the Great American Series, was the first of the four 20¢ stamps in the series

1860 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio Cottrell press; plate nos. 1-8, 10, 11, 13 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye overall plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1981; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

1860a tagging omitted (error stamp) plate nos. 2, 3, 7 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye none

20¢ green · Thomas H. Gallaudet, Educator

Designer: Dennis Lyall (CT) · Modeler: Clarence Holbert · Vignette: Gary M. Chaconas · Lettering: Gary J. Slaght

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP520 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 19.05 x 22.09 mm
Issued 6/10/1983 in West Hartford, Connecticut.

This stamp, the 10th in the Great American Series, replaced the 20¢ Bunche

1861 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio Cottrell press; plate nos. 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye overall plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1983©;
®USE CORRECT ZIP CODE

1861a tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye none

20¢ black · Harry S. Truman, 33rd President

Designer: Christopher Calle (CT)
Modeler: Ronald Sharpe
Vignette: Thomas R. Hipschen
Lettering: Robert Culin, Sr.

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP521 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 1/26/1984 in Washington, D. C.

This stamp, the 14th in the Great American Series, replaced the 20¢ Gallaudet

1862 tagged sheet stamp;intaglio A press; floating plate no. 1 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) small block; dull gum plate # block of 6; plate # block of 20 with either 1 or 2 plate numbers & selvage markings; © UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1983;
USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
1862a tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; plate no. 2 (4-positions) 11.2 x 11.1
(bulls-eye)
large block; dull gum plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1983; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
1862b tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; plate no. 3 (4-positions) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) overall
1862d sheet; intaglio C press; plate no. 4 11.2 x 11.1 mottled
1862c tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 11.1 none

20¢ red brown · Virginia Apgar, Physician

Printed by the Banknote Corporation of America
Designer: Robert Anderson (MA)
Modeler: Ron Centra

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP721 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 10/24/1994 in Dallas, Texas

This stamp, the 54th in the Great American Series, replaced the 20¢ Truman.

2179 tagged sheet stamp;T/A press; plate nos. B1, B2, B3 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) solid grainy; uniform pre-phosphored none plate # block of 4;

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1993; plate position diagram; price

2179a orange brown; tagged sheet stamp; T/A press; plate no. B2 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none
2179b bright red brown; tagged sheet stamp; T/A press 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none

21¢ blue violet · Chester Carlson, Inventor of Xerography

Designer: Susan Sanford (DC)
Vignette : Gary Chaconas
Lettering: John Masure

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP722 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 10/21/1988 in Rochester, New York.

This stamp, the 42nd in the Great American Series, paid the rate for post cards mailed from the U.S. to Canada.

2180 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; plate no. 1 (4-positions) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4;

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1988; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

2180a tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none

22¢ dark chalky blue · John J. Audubon, Painter & Naturalist

Designer:: Christopher Calle (CT)
Modeler: Jack Ruther
Vignette: Thomas Hipschen
Lettering: Gary Slaght

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP522 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 4/23/1985 at the New York Historical Society in New York City.

This stamp was the 23rd in the Great American Series.

1863 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; floating plate no. 1 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) small block plate # block of 6; plate # block of 20 with either 1 or 2 plate numbers & selvage markings;
© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1985; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
1863a tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; floating plate no. 1 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) large block
1863b tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; plate no. 3 (4-positions) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4; © UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1985; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
1863c tagging omitted (error stamp) none
1863d vertical pair, imperforate horizontally
1863e vertical pair, imperforate
between
1863f horizontal pair, imperforate
between

23¢ purple · Mary Cassatt · Artist

Designer: Dennis Lyall (CT)
Modeler: Clarence Holbert
Vignette: K. Kipperman
Lettering: Gary J.
Slaght & Thomas J. Bakos

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP723 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 11/4/1988 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This stamp, the 43rd in the Great American Series, paid the second ounce rate for international surface mail.

2181 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; plate no. 1 (four positions) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4; ZIP block of 4;

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1988; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

2181a A press; plate no. 1 (four positions); C press; plate no. 2 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) overall
2181b C Press uniform pre-phosphored plate no. 2 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) solid
2181c C Press mottled pre-phosphored plate no. 3 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) mottled
2181d tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none

25¢ blue ·Jack London, Author

Designer: Richard Sparks (CT)
Vignette : Thomas Hipschen
Lettering: Dennis Brown

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP724 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Sheet Stamp Issued 1/11/1986 in Glen Ellen, California.

This stamp was the 27th in the Great American Series.

2182 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; plate no. 1 (four positions) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4; ZIP block of 4;

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1985; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

2182b tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 11.1 none
2182d horizontal pair imperforate between
2182f vertical setenant pair, bottom stamp all color omitted 11.2 x 11.1
Booklet Stamp Issued 5/3/1988 in San Francisco, California.
Three stamp booklets were made. Two had 6-stamp panes, a 1-pane ($1.50) and a 2-pane ($3). The third had two 10-stamp panes ($5).
2182a booklet pane (10) large block note: the stamps from the 10-stamp booklet panes are narrower than the 6-stamp panes. These stamps measure: 21.34 x 24.38 mm
2182c booklet pane (10) tagging omitted none
2182e booklet pane (10) all color omitted on right stamps
2197 booklet single large block note: the stamps from the 6-stamp booklet panes are wider than those from the 10-stamp panes. These stamps measure: 22.10 x 24.38 mm
2197a booklet pane (6) large block
2197b tagging omitted single (wider) none
2197c tagging omitted booklet pane of 6 (wider) none

28¢ myrtle green · Sitting Bull, Sioux Chief

Designer: Robert D. Anderson (MA)
Vignette : Gary Chaconas
Lettering: Dennis Brown

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP725 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 9/14/1989 in Rapid City, South Dakota.

This stamp, the 46th in the Great American Series, paid the post card rate sent via surface mail to all foreign destinations except Canada and Mexico.

2183 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; plate no. 1 (four positions) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4; ZIP block of 4;

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1988; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

29¢ blue · Earl Warren, Chief Justice

Designer:: Christopher Calle (CT)
Modeler: Richard Sennett
Engraver: Czeslaw Slania

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP726 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 3/9/1992 in Washington, D.C.

This stamp, the 52nd in the Great American Series, replaced the 29¢ Americana stamp.

2184 pre-phosphored sheet stamp; intaglio T/A press; plate nos. S1, S2 10.9 x 10.9 (bulls-eye) mottled plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4;

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1991; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

Descriptive Selvage:

Earl Warren (1891-1974), prominent jurist. Elected Governor of California for three terms. 14th Chief Justice of the U.S. from 1953 to 1969

29¢ indigo · Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President

Printed by Stamp Venturers
Designer: Christopher Calle (CT)
Modeler: Richard Sennett (of Stamp Venturers)

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP727 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 4/13/1993 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This stamp, the 53rd in the Great American Series, replaced the 29¢ Earl Warren stamp.

2185 uniform pre-phosphored sheet stamp;

10.9 x 10.9 (bulls-eye) solid plate # block of 4; ZIP block of 4

©UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1993; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

plate position diagram with inscription: This plate position during printing

30¢ olive gray · Frank C. Laubach, Educator

Designer: Richard Sparks (CT)
Vignette : Gary Chaconas
Lettering: Thomas J. Bakos

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP523 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 9/2/1984 at the Benton Area Junior-Senior High School in Benton, Pennsylvania.

This stamp, the 17th in the Great American Series, replaced the 30¢ Americana stamp

1864 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; floating plate no. 1 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) small block plate # block of 6; plate # block of 20 with either 1 or 2 plate numbers & selvage markings; © UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1984; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
1864a tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; 4-position selvage; plate no. 2 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1984; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

1864b tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; 4-position selvage; plate no. 2 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) overall
1864c tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 11.1 none

32¢ brown · Milton Hershey, Philanthropist

Designer: Dennis Lyall (CT)
Modeler: Ron Centra (of Banknote Corporation of America)
Engraver: Richard Baratz

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP1126 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 9/13/1995 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

This stamp was the 57th in the Great American Series and paid the First-Class rate for the first ounce on domestic letters.

2933 uniform pre-phosphored sheet stamp; intaglio T/A press; plate nos. B1, B2 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) solid plate # block of 4; PANE POSITION (with diagram showing the position) ©USPS 1994 · .32 x 100 = $32.50

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32¢ green · Carl Farley, Humanitarian

Designer: Dennis Lyall (CT)
Modeler: Banknote Corporation of America

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP1127 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 17.53 x 21.34 mm
Issued 4/26/1996 in Amarillo, Texas
This stamp, the 59th in the Great American Series, replaced the 32¢ Hershey stamp and paid the First-Class rate for the first ounce on domestic letters.
2934 uniform pre-phosphored sheet stamp; intaglio T/A press; plate no. B1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) solid, lightly coated examples appear mottled plate # block of 4; PANE POSITION (with diagram showing the position) ©USPS 1995 · .32 x 100 = $32.50

32¢ lake · Henry R. Luce, Publisher

Designer: Richard Sheaff (AZ)
Modeler: Banknote Corporation of America
Engraver: Milos Ondracek

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP1128 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 20 stamps ( 5 x 4 ) per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 17.58 x 20.37mm
Issued 4/3/1998 in New York, New York.

This stamp, the 60th in the Great American Series, replaced the 32¢ Farley stamp and paid the First-Class rate for the first ounce on domestic letters.

2935 uniform pre-phosphored sheet stamp; intaglio T/A press; plate no. B1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) grainy solid plate # block of 4; pane of 20 PANE POSITION (with diagram showing the position) ©USPS 1997 · .32 x 20 = $6.40

32¢ blue · Lila & DeWitt Wallace, Publishers

Printer: Ashton-Potter
Designer: Howard Paine (VA)
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP1129 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 20 stamps ( 5 x 4 ) per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 21.34 x 25.15 mm
Issued 7/16/1998 in Pleasantville, New York.

This stamp, the 61st in the Great American Series, replaced the 32¢ Luce stamp and paid the First-Class rate for the first ounce on domestic letters.

2936 uniform pre-phosphored sheet stamp; intaglio Stevens press; plate no. P1 11.3 x 11.2 solid plate # block of 4; pane of 20 PANE POSITION (with diagram showing the position) ©USPS 1997 · .32 x 20 = $6.40
2936a light blue 11.3 x 11.2 solid

35¢ gray · Charles R. Drew MD, Scientist and Surgeon

Designer: Nathan Jones (TX)
Vignette: Thomas Hipschen
Lettering: Gary Slaght

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP524 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 19.05 x 22.09 mm
Issued 6/3/1981 in Washington, D. C.

This stamp, the 4th in the Great American Series, paid the new First-Class postage rate for two ounces of mail

1865 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio Cottrell press; plate nos. 1-4 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye overall plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4

© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE ; ®USE CORRECT ZIP CODE; ®Mr. ZIP

1865a tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye none

35¢ black · Dennis Chavez, U.S. Senator

Designer: Chris Calle, Ridgefield, Connecticut

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP728 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 4/3/1991 in Albuquerque, New Mexico .

This stamp, the 49th in the Great American Series, paid the new rate for one ounce letters to Mexico.

2186 pre-phosphored sheet stamp; intaglio T/A press; plate nos. S1, S2 10.9 x 10.9 (L-perf) uncoated paper; mottled tagging plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4 ©United States Postal Service 1991; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®; Dennis Chavez · Born, Apr. 8, 1888 · Died, Nov. 18, 1962 U.S. Representative from New Mexico. · Served 1931 to 1935 Became U.S. Senator · 1935. Served until · his death in 1962

37¢ blue · Robert Millikan, Physicist

Designer: Roy Anderson (AZ)
Modeler: Ronald Sharpe
Vignette: Joseph Creamer, Jr.
Lettering: Robert Culin, Sr.

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP525 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 19.05 x 22.09 mm
Issued 1/26/1982 at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California

This stamp, the 7th in the Great American Series, paid the new First-Class postage rate for two ounces of mail, effective, 11/1/1981

1866 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio Cottrell press; plate nos. 1-4 11.2 x 10.5 electric eye overall plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1981© ; ®USE CORRECT ZIP CODE

1866a tagging omitted (error stamp) plate no. 3 11.2 x 10.5
electric eye
none

39¢ rose lilac · Grenville Clark, Statesman

Designer: Roy Anderson (AZ)
Vignette: Gary Chaconas
Lettering: Dennis Brown

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP526 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 3/20/1985 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

This stamp was the 21st in the Great American Series.

1867 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; floating plate no. 1 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) small block plate # block of 6; plate # block of 20 with either 1 or 2 plate numbers & selvage markings; © UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
1985; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
1867c tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; floating plate no. 1 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) large block
1867d tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; 4-position selvage; plate no. 2 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4; © UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1985; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
1867a vertical pair, imperforate horizontally
1867b vertical pair, imperforate between

40¢ dark green · Lillian M. Gilbreth, Engineer

Designer: Ward Brackett (CT)
Modeler: Ronald C. Sharpe
Vignette: Kenneth Kipperman
Lettering: Gary J. Slaght

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP527 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 2/24/1984 at the Montclair State College Student Center in Montclair, New Jersey.

This stamp, the 15th in the Great American Series, paid the international air mail rate for the first half ounce

1868 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; floating plate no. 1 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) small block plate # block of 6; plate # block of 20 with either 1 or 2 plate numbers & selvage markings; © UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
1984; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
1868a tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; 4-position selvage; plate no. 2 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1984; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

40¢ dark blue · Claire Chennault, Flying Tiger

Designer: Chris Calle (CT)
Vignette : Thomas Hipschen
Lettering: Dennis Brown

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP729 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 9/6/1990 in Monroe, Louisiana.

This stamp, the 48th in the Great American Series, replaced the 40¢ Gilbreth.

2187 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; 4-position selvage; plate no. 1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) overall dull gum plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1990; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

Descriptive Selvage:
Claire Lee Chennault · (1890-1958) Lt. Gen. Led AVG Flying Tigers · in China, 1941-43 Headed WWII China · Air War 1943-45

2187a C Press uniform pre-phosphored coated paper; plate no. 2 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) solid dull gum
2187b (1998) C Press uniform pre-phosphored coated paper; plate no. 2 11.2 x 11.1
(bulls-eye)
grainy solid low gloss gum
2187c (1994) C Press mottled pre-phosphored coated paper 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) mottled shiny gum
2187d tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none

45¢ bright blue · Harvey Cushing MD, Brain Surgeon

Designer: Bradbury Thompson
Modeler: Ronald Sharpe
Vignette : Gary Chaconas
Lettering: Michael J. Ryan

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP730 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 6/17/1988 in Cleveland, Ohio.

This stamp was the 41st in the Great American Series.

2188 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; 4-position selvage; plate no. 1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1987; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
2188a (1990) blue; intaglio A press; 4-position selvage; plate no. 1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) overall
2188b tagging omitted (error Stamp) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none

46¢ carmine · Ruth Benedict, Anthropologist

Designer: Roy Anderson (AZ)
Vignette: Kenneth Kipperman
Lettering: Dennis Brown, J. Smith

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP1131 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 10/20/1995 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

This stamp was the 58th in the Great American Series.

2938 pre-phosphored sheet stamp; uncoated paper; intaglio D press; plate no. 1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) mottled plate # block of 4; PANE POSITION (with diagram showing the position) ©USPS 1994 · .46 x 100 = $46.00

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50¢ brown · Chester W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral

Designer: Christopher Calle (CT) · Modeler: Clarence Holbert · Vignette: Thomas R. Hipschen · Lettering: Robert G. Culin, Sr.

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP528 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 2/22/1985
at the Admiral Nimitz State Historical Park in Fredericksburg, Texas

This stamp, the 20th in the Great American Series, replaced the 50¢ Americana stamp

1869 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio I-8 press; 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf) overall, shiny gum plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4; © UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1984; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
1869a tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; 4-position selvage; plate nos. 1, 2 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block; dull gum plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1984; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
1869d A press 4-position selvage; plate no. 2 and C press plate no. 3 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) overall, dull gum
1869e (1992) prephosphored uncoated; C press plate no. 3 11.2 x 11.1 mottled; shiny gum plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
1869b tagging omitted (error stamp) 10.8 x 10.9 (L-perf)
1869c tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 11.1; dull gum

52¢ purple · Hubert Humphrey, Vice President

Designer: John Berkey (MN)
Art Director and Typographer: Howard Paine

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP731 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 6/3/1991 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This stamp was the 50th in the Great American Series.

2189 uniform pre-phosphored sheet stamp; coated paper; intaglio C press; plate no. 1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) solid plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1984; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®

Descriptive Selvage:
Hubert H. Humphrey · was born in 1911 · and died in 1978 · He served four terms · as a U.S. Senator · from Minnesota · (Plate 1 only) From 1964 to 1968 · he served as the 38th · U.S. Vice President.
Note: This was corrected to read "From 1965 to 1969" and appears on both plates 1 and 2.

2189a pre-phosphored sheet stamp; uncoated paper; intaglio C press; plate nos. 1, 2 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) mottled

55¢ green · Alice Hamilton MD, Social Reformer

Designer: Chris Calle (CT) · Modeler: Ron Centra (of Banknote Corporation of America) · Engraver: Richard Baratz

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP1133 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 7/11/1995 in Boston, Massachusetts.

This stamp was the 55th in the Great American Series.

2940 uniform pre-phosphored sheet stamp;
intaglio T/A press; plate nos. B1, B2, B3
11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) grainy solid plate # block of 4; PANE POSITION (with diagram showing the position) ©USPS 1995 · .55 x 100 = $55.00

Promotional Message: Like to see other great · stamps and products offered · by the Postal Service? · Send for our free catalog · USPS FREE CATALOG OFFER · NCSC 6060 PRIMACY PKWY · SUITE 101 MEMPHIS, TN · 38188-001. Offer good while · supplies last.

2940a pair – die cutting omitted

55¢ black · Justin Morrill

Illustrator: Burt Silverman (NY)
Designer: Howard Paine (VA)
Modeler: Banknote Corporation of America, Inc.

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP1134 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 20 stamps ( 5 x 4 ) per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 17.53 x 20.32 mm
Issued 7/17/1999 in Stratford, Vermont.

This stamp, the 63rd and last of the Great American Series, replaced the 55¢ Hamilton stamp.

2941 uniform pre-phosphored sheet stamp; intaglio Epikos press; plate no. B1 serpentine die-cut 11.7×11.5 self- adhesive solid plate # block of 4; pane of 20 PANE POSITION (with diagram showing the position) ©USPS 1998 · .55 x 20 = $11.00

56¢ scarlet · John Harvard, Philanthropist

Designer: Robert Anderson (MA)
Modeler: Clarence Holbert
Vignette: Thomas R. Hipschen
Lettering: Robert G. Culin, Sr .

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP732 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 9/3/1986 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
This stamp was the 33rd in the Great American Series.
2190 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; 4-position selvage; plate no. 1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1986; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
2190a tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none

65¢ dark blue · Hap Arnold, Father of modern U.S. Air Force

Designer: Chris Calle (CT)
Vignette : Thomas Hipschen
Lettering: Michael J. Ryan

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP733 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 11/5/1988 in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.
This stamp was the 44th in the Great American Series.
2191 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; 4-position selvage; plate no. 1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1988; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
2191a tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none

75¢ deep magenta · Wendell Willkie, Politician

Designer: Chris Calle (CT) · Vignette : Thomas Hipschen · Lettering: Richard Everett

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP734 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 2/16/1992 in Bloomington, Indiana.
This stamp was the 51st in the Great American Series.
2192 uniform pre-phosphored sheet stamp; coated paper; intaglio C press; plate no. 1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) solid dull gum plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1991; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
Descriptive Selvage:
Wendell Willkie, · lawyer, businessman · and politician. · Candidate for the · U.S. presidency in · the 1940 election. · In One World 1943, · he pleaded for· global cooperation
2192a pre-phosphored sheet stamp; uncoated paper; intaglio C press; plate no. 1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) mottled shiny gum

77 ¢ blue · Mary Breckinridge, Midwifery Pioneer

Illustrator: B. Silverman (NY)
Designer: H. Paine (VA)
Engraver: Martin Morck
Modeler: Banknote Corp. of America

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP1135 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 20 stamps ( 4 x 5 ) per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 17.526 x 20.32 mm
Issued 11/9/1998 in Troy, New York.
This stamp was the 62nd in the Great American Series.
2942 uniform pre-phosphored sheet stamp; intaglio Epikos press; plate nos. B1, B2 serpentine die-cut 11.5 x 11.5 self- adhesive solid plate # block of 4; pane of 20 PANE POSITION (with diagram showing the position) ©USPS 1998 · .77 x 20 = $15.40

78 ¢ bright violet · Alice Paul, Suffragette

Designer: Chris Calle (CT)
Modeler: Ron Centra (of Banknote Corporation of America)

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP1136 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 8/18/1996 in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

This stamp was the 56th in the Great American Series.

2943 uniform pre-phosphored sheet stamp;
intaglio T/A press; plate nos. B1, B2
11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) solid plate # block of 4; PANE POSITION (with diagram showing the position) ©USPS 1994 · .78 x 100 = $78.00

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2943a dull violet; uniform pre-phosphored sheet stamp;
intaglio T/A press; plate nos. B1, B2
11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) grainy solid

$1 dark Prussian green · Bernard Revel, Educator

Designer: Tom Broad (MD)
Modeler: Peter Cocci
Vignette: Kenneth Kipperman
Lettering: Robert Culin, Sr.

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP735 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 9/23/1986 in New York, New York.
This stamp was the 35th in the Great American Series and replaced the $1 Americana stamp.
2193 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; 4-position selvage; plate no. 1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1986; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
2193b tagging omitted 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block

$1 deep blue · Johns Hopkins, Philanthropist

Designer: Bradbury Thompson
Vignette : Gary Chaconas
Lettering: Dennis Brown

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP736 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 20 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 6/7/1989 in Baltimore, Maryland.
This stamp, the 45th in the Great American Series, replaces the $1 Revel.
2194 large block "Lipstick on Shirt Front" variety; plate # block of 4; pane of 20 ©USPS 1989
2194b deep blue overall
2194c none
2194d dark blue solid
2194e blue mottled
2194f blue grainy solid

$2 bright violet · William Jennings Bryan, Legislator & Orator

Designer: Tom Broad (MD)
Vignette: Vignette : Thomas Hipschen
Lettering: Dennis Brown

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP737 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 100 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 3/19/1986 in Salem, Illinois.
This stamp, the 29th in the Great American Series, replaced the $2 Americana stamp.
2195 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; 4-position selvage; plate no. 1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4, ZIP block of 4
© UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 1986; USE CORRECT ZIP CODE®
2195a tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none

$5 copper red · Bret Harte, Author

Designer: Arthur Lidov (CA)
Modeler: Esther F. Porter
Vignette: Thomas Hipschen
Lettering: Thomas J. Bakos

Issue Date · Usage Souvenir Page: SP739 Cat. # Type · Print Method · Plate Nos. 20 stamps per pane Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties & Selvage Markings Image Size: 18.03 x 20.83 mm
Issued 8/25/1987 in Twain Harte, California.

This stamp, the 39th in the Great American Series, replaced the $5 Americana stamp.

2196 tagged sheet stamp; intaglio A press; 4-position selvage; plate no. 1 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) large block plate # block of 4; pane of 20 ©USPS 1986
2196a tagging omitted (error stamp) 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) none
2196b uniform pre-phosphored sheet stamp; coated paper; intaglio A press; 4-position selvage; plate no. 2 11.2 x 11.1 (bulls-eye) solid plate # block of 4; pane of 20 ©USPS 1986

Image Size: The "Image Size" which is sometimes referred to elsewhere as "design size", or in this case "Image Area" by the USPS on their Souvenir Pages, is given to a greater degree of accuracy than is probably warranted, and this is to match the two decimal places listed by the USPS (for the most part). In reality, the design sizes may vary wildly from the listed dimension and the reader is encouraged to make their own measurements. For example, the 3¢ Clay stamp is much narrower than the listed width of 19.05mm, a quick comparison with its catalogue neighbors will verify that.

In addition, the USPS Souvenir Pages list the metric conversion of 0.82 inches as 20.82mm. It is actually 20.828mm and is therefore listed as 20.83mm here.

Issue Order:
Some of the order of issuance listed here may differ from those listed on the Souvenir Pages. You can rest assured that the order listed here is based on the actual first day of issue. It is not entirely clear how the USPS kept track of the order and in fact there are some glaring errors on the Souvenir Pages themselves. For example, both the 17¢ Rachel Carson and the 35¢ Charles Drew are listed as being the "third issue in the (new) Great American Series ". It is not difficult to understand why the order of subsequent stamps might be out-of-whack.

Bibliography and suggested additional reading:

The Great Americans, a 20pp stapled book by Stephen G. Esrati
available for $10 postpaid from:
Stephen G. Esrati, P. O. Box 20130, Shaker Heights, OH 44120-0130

The Great Americans – a 12-part series by Stephen G. Esrati (USSS Jan.-Dec. 2006) – this includes much, much more information than listed on this page, including tagging, gum breakers and paper types and is highly recommended reading.

USPS Souvenir Sheets – biographical information for each Great American can be found on their respective Souvenir Sheet and additional information regarding art directors and typographers may be found, although such information is sporadic.

Durland Standard Plate Number Catalog 2008 edition, compiled and edited by Wallace Cleland (USSS publication) .

Websites of interest to the Great American series collector:

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum, Arago Site . With a little searching you can find biographical information for each Great American stamp.

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