1997 32c Classic American Dolls: Percy Crosby's "Skippy"

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US #3151m
1997 “Skippy” – Classic American Dolls

  • Pictures the “Skippy” doll created by the Effanbee Doll Company.
  • Part of the Classic American Dolls set – the first time photographs were used instead of paintings or drawings for a large US set with different stamp designs


Stamp Category: 
Commemorative
Set:  Classic American Dolls
Value:  32¢, First Class Mail Rate
First Day of Issue:  July 28, 1997
First Day City:  Anaheim, California
Quantity Issued:  105,000,000
Printed by:  Printed for Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. by Sterling Sommer of Tonawanda, New York
Printing Method:  Offset
Format:  Panes of 15 (Vertical, 5 across, 3 down)
Perforations:  10.9 by 11.1
Tagging:  Large tagging block over all 20 stamps, covering the stamps to the edges

Why the stamp was issued:  To commemorate the “Skippy” doll produced by the Effanbee Doll Company.  The doll was based on a comic character by Percy Crosby.  The World War II soldier version on this stamp was produced in the early 1940s and given a magnetic hand to hold the American flag.

About the stamp design:  The stamp pictures a photograph of the doll against a blue paper background.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held during the annual membership meeting of the United Federation of Doll Clubs at the Anaheim Hilton and Towers Hotel in Anaheim, California.

About the Classic American Dolls set:  The USPS issued the stamps to commemorate American dolls that “reflect the tradition, heritage, culture, and artistic style from various geographical regions of this country.” 

Each stamp design pictures a photograph by Sally Andersen-Bruce.  Each doll or pair of dolls is shown in front of a blue paper background, tying the stamp designs together.  The names of each doll are printed in small type below the bottom frameline of each stamp, across from the 1997 year date.  They’re also listed in the horizontal selvage at the bottom of the pane of 15.

The set marked the first time photographs were used instead of paintings or drawings for a large US set with different stamp designs.

History the stamp represents:  A popular character, Skippy originated with the comic strip by Percy Crosby.  Each week, millions of children and parents followed his antics and adventures in leading newspapers and magazines throughout the country.  In 1928, Effanbee secured the exclusive rights to produce a doll based on the delightful character.  The following year an advertisement appeared in Playthings for “…The Famous Mischievous Skippy.”  When the movie “Skippy,” starring Jackie Cooper, was introduced in 1931, the doll gained even more popularity.  During World War II, even the toy industry was affected, and Skippy appeared in various military uniforms in an effort to rouse support from the youngest of patriots.

Raggy Doodle was another WWII-era doll.  Dedicated to the Armed Forces of the United States, he was designed not only to entertain, but also “…to present war-time blackouts and general safety precautions in such a manner as to remove the more terrifying elements of these subjects from the minds of little children.”  It was also hoped that this delightful doll would teach the youngest Americans to “look up to their gallant armed defenders with confidence, with pride, and with love.”

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US #3151m
1997 “Skippy” – Classic American Dolls

  • Pictures the “Skippy” doll created by the Effanbee Doll Company.
  • Part of the Classic American Dolls set – the first time photographs were used instead of paintings or drawings for a large US set with different stamp designs


Stamp Category: 
Commemorative
Set:  Classic American Dolls
Value:  32¢, First Class Mail Rate
First Day of Issue:  July 28, 1997
First Day City:  Anaheim, California
Quantity Issued:  105,000,000
Printed by:  Printed for Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. by Sterling Sommer of Tonawanda, New York
Printing Method:  Offset
Format:  Panes of 15 (Vertical, 5 across, 3 down)
Perforations:  10.9 by 11.1
Tagging:  Large tagging block over all 20 stamps, covering the stamps to the edges

Why the stamp was issued:  To commemorate the “Skippy” doll produced by the Effanbee Doll Company.  The doll was based on a comic character by Percy Crosby.  The World War II soldier version on this stamp was produced in the early 1940s and given a magnetic hand to hold the American flag.

About the stamp design:  The stamp pictures a photograph of the doll against a blue paper background.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held during the annual membership meeting of the United Federation of Doll Clubs at the Anaheim Hilton and Towers Hotel in Anaheim, California.

About the Classic American Dolls set:  The USPS issued the stamps to commemorate American dolls that “reflect the tradition, heritage, culture, and artistic style from various geographical regions of this country.” 

Each stamp design pictures a photograph by Sally Andersen-Bruce.  Each doll or pair of dolls is shown in front of a blue paper background, tying the stamp designs together.  The names of each doll are printed in small type below the bottom frameline of each stamp, across from the 1997 year date.  They’re also listed in the horizontal selvage at the bottom of the pane of 15.

The set marked the first time photographs were used instead of paintings or drawings for a large US set with different stamp designs.

History the stamp represents:  A popular character, Skippy originated with the comic strip by Percy Crosby.  Each week, millions of children and parents followed his antics and adventures in leading newspapers and magazines throughout the country.  In 1928, Effanbee secured the exclusive rights to produce a doll based on the delightful character.  The following year an advertisement appeared in Playthings for “…The Famous Mischievous Skippy.”  When the movie “Skippy,” starring Jackie Cooper, was introduced in 1931, the doll gained even more popularity.  During World War II, even the toy industry was affected, and Skippy appeared in various military uniforms in an effort to rouse support from the youngest of patriots.

Raggy Doodle was another WWII-era doll.  Dedicated to the Armed Forces of the United States, he was designed not only to entertain, but also “…to present war-time blackouts and general safety precautions in such a manner as to remove the more terrifying elements of these subjects from the minds of little children.”  It was also hoped that this delightful doll would teach the youngest Americans to “look up to their gallant armed defenders with confidence, with pride, and with love.”