$1 Johns Hopkins
Great Americans Series
Issue Date: June 7, 1989
City: Baltimore, MD
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Engraved
Color: Deep blue
Johns Hopkins, one of America's most well-known businessmen, began his own business in 1819. During the 1870's, epidemics of cholera and yellow fever in Baltimore influenced him to donate $7 million to build a hospital, medical school, and university. Today both institutions, which bear his name, are known for their rigorous admission standards and great contributions to the medical world. Hopkins is pictured on the $1 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.