10¢ Red Cloud
Great Americans Series
Issue Date: August 15, 1987
City: Red Cloud, NE
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Engraved
A young Sioux warrior and leader of his people, Red Cloud spent many of his early years fighting the westward advances of white men. After his removal as head of the Oglala Sioux, Red Cloud attempted to make peace with the government. Red Cloud is pictured on the 10¢ 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.