35¢ Dennis Chavez
Great Americans Series
Issue Date: April 3, 1991
City: Albuquerque, NM
Printed By: Canadian Bank Note Co. for Stamp Venturers
Printing Method: Engraved
Dennis Chavez was the first American-born Hispanic to serve in the U.S. Senate. His fight for the establishment of a Fair Employment Practice Commission to enforce anti-discrimination laws won him national attention. In 1964, two years after his death, the Civil Rights Act was passed and his fight was finally won. Chavez is pictured on the 35¢ Great Americans stamp.
Issued between 1980 and 1999, the Great Americans definitive series features 63 designs, making it the larges 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.