#567 – 1923 20c Golden Gate, carmine rose, perf 11

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U.S. #567
Series of 1922-25 20¢ Golden Gate
Flat Plate Printing

Issue Date: May 1, 1923
First City: San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC
Quantity Issued: 1,077,488,777
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Flat plate
Perforation: 11 gauge
Color: Carmine rose
 
The stamp that was to be issued at this denomination originally intended to show the Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park. A die was engraved and approved by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing – but rejected by the Post Office Department in November 1920. A new model was made with the same image of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco that was used in 1913 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition. 

The Series of 1922-25
and the Wheels of Progress
 
In 1847, when the printing presses first began to move, they didn’t roll – they “stamped” in a process known as flat plate printing. The Regular Series of 1922 was the last to be printed by flat plate press, after which stamps were produced by rotary press printing.
 
By 1926, all denominations up to 10¢ – except the new ½¢ – were printed by rotary press. For a while, $1 to $5 issues were done on flat plate press due to smaller demand.
 
In 1922, the Post Office Department announced its decision to issue a new series of stamps to replace the Washington-Franklin series, which had been in use since 1908. Many criticized the change, believing it was being made to satisfy collectors rather than to fill an actual need. However, the similar designs and colors of the current stamps caused confusion, resulting in a substantial loss in revenue each year. In busy situations, postal clerks could not tell at a glance if the correct postage was being used.
 
Postal employees requested a variety of designs which could easily be distinguished from one another. Great care was taken to make sure the new designs could not be confused. Although the frames are similar, the vignettes (central designs) are distinctive. Prominent Americans, as well as scenes of national interest, were chosen as subjects for the new series.
 
In addition to issuing new designs, the Department developed a plan to first distribute a small number of each stamp on a particular date in a selected town which was of historical and geographical significance to the subject. The plan greatly increased interest and began a new trend of collecting stamps on covers or envelopes postmarked on the first day of issue.
 
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U.S. #567
Series of 1922-25 20¢ Golden Gate
Flat Plate Printing

Issue Date: May 1, 1923
First City: San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC
Quantity Issued: 1,077,488,777
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Flat plate
Perforation: 11 gauge
Color: Carmine rose
 
The stamp that was to be issued at this denomination originally intended to show the Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park. A die was engraved and approved by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing – but rejected by the Post Office Department in November 1920. A new model was made with the same image of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco that was used in 1913 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition. 

The Series of 1922-25
and the Wheels of Progress
 
In 1847, when the printing presses first began to move, they didn’t roll – they “stamped” in a process known as flat plate printing. The Regular Series of 1922 was the last to be printed by flat plate press, after which stamps were produced by rotary press printing.
 
By 1926, all denominations up to 10¢ – except the new ½¢ – were printed by rotary press. For a while, $1 to $5 issues were done on flat plate press due to smaller demand.
 
In 1922, the Post Office Department announced its decision to issue a new series of stamps to replace the Washington-Franklin series, which had been in use since 1908. Many criticized the change, believing it was being made to satisfy collectors rather than to fill an actual need. However, the similar designs and colors of the current stamps caused confusion, resulting in a substantial loss in revenue each year. In busy situations, postal clerks could not tell at a glance if the correct postage was being used.
 
Postal employees requested a variety of designs which could easily be distinguished from one another. Great care was taken to make sure the new designs could not be confused. Although the frames are similar, the vignettes (central designs) are distinctive. Prominent Americans, as well as scenes of national interest, were chosen as subjects for the new series.
 
In addition to issuing new designs, the Department developed a plan to first distribute a small number of each stamp on a particular date in a selected town which was of historical and geographical significance to the subject. The plan greatly increased interest and began a new trend of collecting stamps on covers or envelopes postmarked on the first day of issue.