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Introduced in 1965 to replace the Liberty Issue, the Prominent Americans Series was a dramatic departure from previous US stamp series that focused largely on political figures. Instead, the Prominent Americans Series honored people from all walks of life. As the Post Office stated, “The men and women honored by the Prominent Americans Series of United States postage stamps are as diverse as their contributions to the growth and development of America.”
The stamps would also have a different style to them. Unlike previous definitive series in which all the stamps had a similar style and format, the Prominent Americans were drastically different. Each stamp was done in a different style by one of 13 different designers. The format of each portrait was different, some stamps had a bit writing on them, while others had the bare minimum. Plus, the stamps were printed in a few different sizes.
The Prominent Americans also marked a few “firsts.” It was the first definitive series to include two women (Elizabeth Blackwell and Lucy Stone). Previous sets had included just one woman. Additionally, this was the first definitive series to include an African American, Frederick Douglass. (Booker T. Washington had appeared on a commemorative in 1940.) Plus, this was the first definitive series in which Benjamin Franklin didn’t appear near the beginning on the 1/2¢ or 1¢ stamp.
A number of technological changes developed during the course of producing the series, resulting in a number of varieties due to gum, luminescence, precancels and perforations plus sheet, coil and booklet formats. Additionally, seven rate changes occurred while the Prominent Americans Series was current. The Prominent Americans Series lasted for about 15 years and was eventually gradually replaced with the Great Americans Series.
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