Series of 1923-26 1 ½¢ Warren Harding
Issue Date: May 9, 1925
First City: Washington, D.C.
Quantity Issued: 25,389,000
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforation: 10 horizontally
Color: Yellow brown
The Series of 1923-26 1 ½¢ denomination was used to pay the third class rate for circulars. The rapid growth of the economy in the 1920s meant that marketers were sending advertising mail through postal service at a tremendous volume. While there were reports of a great demand for this stamp, it was issued in relatively low numbers.
Warren Harding Gets Fond Farewell
Warren Harding was a frequent subject on stamps such as U.S. #605 in the few years after his death. Harding was beloved across the country when he died in August 1923 while still in office. An estimated three million mourners gathered to watch his funeral train pass by. The New York Times called it “the most remarkable demonstration in American history of affection, respect, and reverence for the dead.