37¢ District of Columbia
Issue Date: September 28, 2003
City: Washington, D.C.
Printed By: American Packaging Corporation for Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 11
U.S. #3813 was issued in response to protests from Washington, D.C.’s absence from the “Greetings from America” 50-stamp set. The diamond shape resembles the original plot of land donated by Maryland and Virginia to establish the nation’s capital. The District originally measured 10 miles square, but in 1846, Virginia’s portion (south of the Potomac River) was returned to that state, leaving a jagged outline.
Washington, D.C., was founded on July 16, 1790. Article One of the U.S. Constitution mandated a federal district, separate from the states, to serve as the permanent national capital. President George Washington chose the site for the nation's capital and hired the French military engineer Pierre Charles L'Enfant to design it.