U.S. #1355a Ocher Omitted
1968 6¢ Walt Disney
Issue Date: September 11, 1968
City: Marceline, MO
Printed By: Achrovure Division of Union-Camp Corp
Printing Method: Photogravure
Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1901, Walt Disney went on to create some of the most famous cartoon characters in history. In addition, Disney envisioned the construction of two theme parks that bear his name.
America’s First Disney Stamp
In September 1968, the United States Postal Authority issued its first Disney stamp, thereby commemorating Walter Elias Disney’s (1901-1966) contributions to America and to the world. Two Disney artists designed the stamp – Paul Wenzel crafted Walt’s portrait and Bob Moore drew the background design of children of the world emerging from the Sleeping Beauty Castle. First Day ceremonies were held in Marceline, Missouri, Disney’s boyhood village that he regarded as an ideal community. Almost a million first day covers were cancelled in Marceline and over 150 million Disney stamps were purchased at U.S. post offices during the next ten days. It would be 36 years before another U.S. stamp honored the contributions of Walt Disney.
Walt Disney Color Error
The 1968 Walt Disney stamp was one of the few stamps at the time to not be printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The Post Office selected Union-Camp because they wanted the stamp to have soft pastel colors that matched Disney’s color palate. Because it was printed by an outside printer, many expected the stamp to have freaks, errors, and oddities. And in fact, there are seven major errors recognized by Scott Catalog. Among these is #1355a, which has the ocher (yellow) ink missing. It’s been estimated that only 400 or 500 of these errors exist – making it quite rare. Make this rare error part of your collection today.