15¢ Buffalo Bill Cody
Great Americans Series
Issue Date: June 6, 1988
City: Cody, WY
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Engraved
A true Western cowboy, William Frederick Cody participated in gold rushes, rode in the Pony Express, fought Indian wars, and helped build railroads across the new frontier. In 1883, he organized Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, complete with real cowboys, Indians, horses, and buffalo. Popular in the U.S. as well as Europe, his shows depicted the Wild West as a place for glory and adventure. Cody is pictured on the 15¢ Great Americans stamp.
Issued between 1980 and 1999, the Great Americans definitive series features 63 designs, making it the largest set of face different Regular Issue stamps issued in the 20th century. One stamp honors a couple (Lila and Dewitt Wallace) while the remaining 62 commemorate individuals.
The series is characterized by a standard definitive size, simple design and monochromatic colors. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing produced most of the stamps, but some were printed by private firms. Several stamps saw multiple printings. The result is many different varieties, with tagging being the key to understanding them.