The 1968 $1 Airlift stamp was designed by Stevan Dohanos of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee. He based the stamp's bald eagle vignette on a late 19th-century woodcarving from the index of American Design in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
This stamp was issued in the middle of the Vietnam War and covered the rate on shipping parcels to service members overseas. Most were used to send packages to men fighting in Vietnam. The stamp covered postage on mail up to 30 pounds and could only be used to send parcels to military addresses.
The bald eagle featured on this stamp is not only America's national bird, but a symbol recognized worldwide as representing the United States. In a deeply troubled time in U.S. history, the midst of the Vietnam War, the $1 Airlift stamp was a way for family members to send hope and strength to servicemen fighting halfway across the world.
First Day of Issue
This Airlift stamp went on sale April 4, 1968, in Seattle, Washington.
Issue Date: April 4, 1968
City: Seattle, WA
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Lithographed/Engraved
Colors: Sepia, dark blue, ocher, brown-red