52¢ Hubert Humphrey
Great Americans Series
Issue Date: June 3, 1991
City: Minneapolis, MN
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Engraved
An outspoken liberal, Hubert Humphrey was mayor of Minneapolis, a U.S. Senator, and Lyndon Johnson's Vice President. A persuasive speaker, he favored the Civil Rights Act and helped found the Americans for Democratic Action. The information on this stamp's selvage, which in part reads, "From 1964 to 1969 he served as the 38th U.S. Vice President," is incorrect; his term actually ran from 1965-1969. Humphrey is pictured on the 52¢ 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.