Stamps of the United States

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English: Note that US stamp designs since 1978 are copyrighted by the United States Postal Service, and not in the public domain. Up to the end of 1977 the designs are all PD.
Deutsch: Briefmarken aus den USA nach 1978 der United States Postal Service sind urheberrechtlich geschützt und dürfen hier nicht abgebildet werden!
Español: Tome en cuenta que los diseños de timbres/sellos de correo de los Estados Unidos apartir de 1978 están protegidos por derechos de autor, y no en el dominio público. Aquellos diseños de timbres/sellos de correo apartir del fin de 1977 y antes están en el dominio público.

1840s[edit]

Provisional stamps[edit]

1847 Issue[edit]

Imperforate. Printed by Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson

This was the first series of federally issued US postage stamps. They were issued under an act of congress on March 3, 1847 and first sold in New York City on July 1, 1847. (Ref. National Postal Museum)

1850s[edit]

1851-57 Issue[edit]

Imperforate. Printed by Toppan, Carpenter, Chasilear & Co.

1857-61 Issue[edit]

Perforated 15. Printed by Toppan, Carpenter & Co.

1860s[edit]

1861-66 Issue[edit]

Perforated 12. Printed by the National Bank Note Co.

1867 Issue[edit]

Perforated 12 and grilled. Printed by the National Bank Note Co.

1869 Issue[edit]

Perforated 12 and grilled. Printed by the National Bank Note Co.

1c Benjamin Franklin
1869 issue
2c Post rider
1869 issue
3c Locomotive
1869 issue


6c George Washington
1869 issue
10c Shield and eagle
1869 issue
12c Steam Ship
S.S. “Adriatic"
1869 issue


15c Landing of Columbus
Type I, 1869 issue
24c Declaration of Independence
1869 issue
30c Shield, eagle and flag
1869 issue
90c Abraham Lincoln
1869 issue


1870s[edit]

1870-71 Issue[edit]

Perforated 12. Printed by the National Bank Note Co.

1873 Issue[edit]

Perforated 12. Printed by the Continental Bank Note Co.

1879 Issue[edit]

Perforated 12. Printed by the American Bank Note Co. on soft porous paper.

1880s[edit]

1881-82 Issue[edit]

Perforated 12. Printed by the American Bank Note Co.

1883 Issue[edit]

Perforated 12. Printed by the American Bank Note Co.

1887 Issue[edit]

Perforated 12. Printed by the American Bank Note Co.


1890s[edit]

1890-93 Issue[edit]

Perforated 12. Printed by the American Bank Note Co.

1893 Columbian Exposition Commemoratives[edit]

World Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois
Perforated 12. Printed by the American Bank Note Co.

1c Columbus in sight of land
1893 issue
2c Landing of Columus
1893 issue
3c Santa Maria
1893 issue


4c Fleet of Columbus
1893 issue
5c Columbus soliciting aid from Queen Isabella
1893 issue
6c Columbus welcomed at Barcelona
1893 issue
8c Columbus restored to favor
1893 issue
10c Columbus presenting natives
1893 issue
15c Columbus announcing his discovery
1893 issue
30c Columbus as La Rabida
1893 issue
50c Recall of Columbus
1893 issue
$1Queen Isabella pledging her jewels
1893 issue
$2 Columbus in chains
1893 issue
$3 Columbus describing his third voyage
1893 issue
$4 Queen Isabella and Columbus
1893 issue
$5 Columbus
1893 issue


Columbus in Sight of Land, 1¢ Landing of Columbus, 2¢ Landing of Columbus, 2¢
Columbus in Sight of Land
Landing of Columbus
Landing of Columbus
Columbus Presenting Natives, 10¢ Columbus Presenting Natives, 10¢
Columbus Presenting Natives
10¢
Columbus Presenting Natives
10¢

1894 Issue[edit]

Perforated 12. Printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing

1895 Issue[edit]

Perforated 12 with double-line "USPS" watermarks. Printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Benjamin Franklin, 1¢, blue George Washington, 2¢ William T. Sherman, 8¢
Benjamin Franklin
1¢, blue
George Washington
William T. Sherman

1898 Issue[edit]

Perforated 12 with double-line watermark. Printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Benjamin Franklin, 1¢, green Abraham Lincoln, 4¢ Ulysses S. Grant, 5¢
Benjamin Franklin
1¢, green
Abraham Lincoln
Ulysses S. Grant

1898 Trans-Mississippi Exposition Commemoratives[edit]

1c Marquette on the Mississippi
1898 issue
2c Farming in the west
1898 issue
4c Indian hunting buffalo
1898 issue
5c Fremont on Rocky Mountains
1898 issue
8c Troops guarding wagon train
1898 issue
10c Puerto Rico election
1898 issue
50c Western mining prospector
1898 issue
$1 Western cattle in storm
1898 issue
$2 Mississippi River bridge
1898 issue
Father Jacques Marquette on the Mississippi, 1¢ Marquette on the Mississippi, 1¢ Farming in the West, 2¢
Father Jacques Marquette
on the Mississippi, 1¢
Father Jacques Marquette
on the Mississippi, 1¢
Farming in the West, 2¢
Fremont on the Rocky Mountains, 5¢ Troops Guarding Train, 8¢ Hardships of Emigration, 10¢
Fremont on the
Rocky Mountains, 5¢
Troops Guarding Train, 8¢ Hardships of Emigration, 10¢
Western Cattle in Storm, $1.00, "Black Bull" Flag cancellation mark
Western Cattle in Storm, $1.00
"Black Bull"
Flag cancellation mark on 2¢ stamp

1898 Revenue stamps[edit]

1900s-oughts[edit]

1901 Envelope[edit]

1901 Pan-American Exposition Commemoratives[edit]

Fast Lake Navigation, 1¢ Fast Express, 2¢ Automobile, 4¢ Bridge at Niagara Falls, 8¢ Canal Locks at Sault de Ste Marie, 8¢ Fast Ocean Navigation, 10¢
294. Fast Lake Navigation
1¢ (postcard rate)
295. Fast Express
2¢ (domestic letter rate)
296. Automobile
297. Bridge at Niagara Falls
5¢ (foreign rate)
298. Canal Locks at
Sault de Ste Marie
8¢ (registry fee)
299. Fast Ocean Navigation
10¢
Fast Lake Navigation, 1¢ Fast Express, 2¢ 1c invert

1902-03 Issue[edit]

Benjamin Franklin, 1¢ George Washington, 2¢ Andrew Jackson, 3¢ Ulysses S. Grant, 4¢ Abraham Lincoln, 5¢
300 — 1¢
Benjamin Franklin
02/1903
301 — 2¢
George Washington
01/1903
302 — 3¢
Andrew Jackson
02/1903
303 — 4¢
Ulysses S. Grant
02/1903
304 — 5¢
Abraham Lincoln
01/1903
Daniel Webster, 10¢ William Henry Harrison, 13¢ Henry Clay, 15¢ David Glasgow Farragut, $1.00, 1903
307 — 10¢
Daniel Webster
02/1903
308 — 13¢
William Henry Harrison
11/1902
309 — 15¢
Henry Clay
05/1903
311 — $1.00
David Glasgow Farragut
11/1903

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1903 Issue[edit]

George Washington, 2¢
319.
George Washington

11/1903

1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition Commemoratives[edit]

1c Robert Livingston
1903 issue
2c Thomas Jefferson
1903 issue
3c James Monroe
1903 issue
5c William McKinley
1903 issue
10c Map of Louisiana Purchase
1903 issue
Thomas Jefferson, 2¢
Thomas Jefferson, 2¢

1907 Jamestown Exposition Commemoratives[edit]

1c John Smith
1907 issue
2c Jamestown founding
1907 issue
5c Pocahontas
1907 issue
Captain John Smith, 1¢ Pocahontas detail Captain John Smith, 1¢ Powhatan detail Founding of Jamestown, 2¢
Captain John Smith, 1¢ Pocahontas
detail
Captain John Smith, 1¢ Powhatan
detail
Founding of Jamestown, 2¢

1908-09 Issue[edit]

Benjamin Franklin, 1¢ George Washington, 2¢ George Washington, 2¢ George Washington, 15¢
Benjamin Franklin
George Washington
George Washington
George Washington
15¢
Issues of 1908, 1 through 6-cents
Issues of 1908, 8 cents through 1 dollar

1908-10 Coil Stamps[edit]

1909 Lincoln Memorial Commemoratives[edit]

1910s[edit]

Further Washington-Franklin Issues[edit]

1912-14 series Washington 7c in black and Franklin with Oak leaves, 8c to 11c
1912-14 series, Franklin with Oak leaves, 12c to 50c
Franklin 1-Dollar
Issued 1912
Franklin 11-cent
Issued 1915
5-cent color error, 1916-17


1st / only Franklin 13c
issue of 1919
    The 'Big Bens'
Issue of 1918
Franklin 2-dollar reprint
issue of 1920

1913-1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition[edit]

1920s[edit]

Pilgrim Tercentary Issue of 1920[edit]

1¢ “Mayflower"
1920 issue
2¢ Landing of the Pilgrims
1920 issue
5¢ Signing of the Compact
1920 issue

Huguenot-Walloon tercentenary Issue of 1924[edit]

1c Ship “Nieu Nederland"
1924 issue
2c Walloons landing
at Fort Orange (Albany)
1924 issue
5c Jan Ribault Monument
at Duval County FL
1924 issue

Lexington-Concord Issue of 1925[edit]

1c Washington at Cambridge
1924 issue
2c “Birth of Liberty”
by Henry Sandman
1924 issue
5c “The Minute Man”
by Daniel Chester French
1924 issue

Norse-American Issue of 1925[edit]

2c Sloop “Restaurationen"
1925 issue
5c Viking ship
1925 issue

Aeronautics Conference Issue of 1928[edit]

2¢ Wright flyer
1928 issue
5¢ Monoplane
1928 issue

1930s[edit]

National Parks Issue of 1934[edit]

1c El Capitan
Yosemite, California
1934 issue
2c Grand Canyon
Arizona
1934 issue
3c Mount Ranier and
Mirror Lake, Washington
1934 issue
4c Cliff Palace
Mesa Verde Park, Colorado
1934 issue
5c Old Faithful
Yellowstone, Wyoming
1934 issue
6c Crater Lake
Oregon
1934 issue
7c Great Head
Acadia Park, Maine
1934 issue
8c Great White Throne
Zion Park, Utah
1934 issue
9c Mt. Rockwell and Two Medicine Lake
Glacier National Park, Montana
1934 issue
10c Great Smokey Mountains
North Carolina
1934 issue

Army Issue of 1936-1937[edit]

1c G. Washington, N. Greene
Mount Vernon
1936-7 issue
2c A. Jackson, W. Scott
The Hermitage
1936-7 issue
3c Grant, Sherman, Sheridan
1936-7 issue
4c R.E. Lee and T.J. Jackson
Stratford Hall
1936-7 issue
5c U.S. Military Academy
1936-7 issue


Navy Issue of 1936-1937[edit]

1c J.P. Jones and J. Barry
1936-7 issue
2c S. Decatur and T. MacDonough
1936-7 issue
3c D. G. Farragut and D. D. Porter
1936-7 issue
4c Sampson, Dewey and Schley
1936-7 issue
5c U.S. Naval Academy
1936-7 issue

Territorial Issues of 1937[edit]

3c Kamehameha I, Honolulu
Hawaii Territory
1937 issue
3c Mount McKinley
Alaska Territory
1937 issue
3c La Fortaleza,
San Juan, Puerto Rico
1937 issue
3c Charlotte Amalie Harbor,
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
1937 issue

Presidential Issues of 1938[edit]

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1940s[edit]

Famous Americans Series, 1940[edit]

Famous American Series of 1940.jpg

Overrun Countries Series, 1943-44[edit]

Overrun countries stamps

1950s[edit]

National capital sesquicentennial[edit]

3c Statue of Freedom
Washington DC
1950 issue
3c The White House
Washington DC
1950 issue
3c U.S. Supreme Court Building
Washington DC
1950 issue
3c U.S. Capitol Building
Washington DC
1950 issue

Wildlife conservation issues of 1956-7[edit]

3¢ Wild Turkey
1956 issue
3¢ Longpronged antelope
1956 issue
3¢ King salmon
1956 issue
3¢ Whooping crane
1957 issue

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

US local stamps[edit]

Other US stamp-related images[edit]

Copyright-Note up to 1978[edit]

English: Note that US stamps issued after 1 January 1978 are copyright United States Postal Service, and not in the public domain. Up to the end of 1977 the designs are all PD.
Deutsch: Briefmarken aus den USA nach 1 Januar 1978 der United States Postal Service sind urheberrechtlich geschützt und dürfen hier nicht abgebildet werden!
Español: Tome en cuenta que los diseños de timbres/sellos de correo de los Estados Unidos apartir de 1978 están protegidos por derechos de autor, y no en el dominio público. Aquellos diseños de timbres/sellos de correo apartir del fin de 1977 y antes están en el dominio público.

See also[edit]