U.S. Special Handling Postage Stamps

The Special Handling stamps were printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on 200-subject plates using the flat plate method on unwatermarked paper and perforated 11. The plates were separated into four panes of 50 stamps before delivery to Post Offices. The stamps illustrated are from the earlier wet printing method.

See also: Wet Vs Dry Printing Methods.

Varieties of the Special Handling Stamps
10¢ Special Handling Stamps 15¢ Special Handling Stamps
QE1 – 1928 – 10¢ green – wet printing QE2 – 1928 – 15¢ green – wet printing
QE1a – 10¢ dry printing (1955) QE2a – 15¢ dry printing (1955)
20¢ Special Handling Stamps 25¢ Special Handling Stamps
QE3 – 1928 – 20¢ green – wet printing QE4 – 1925 – 25¢ deep green – wet printing
QE3a – 20¢ dry printing (1955) QE4a – 25¢ yellow green – wet printing(1928)
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