1932 3¢ Washington
Washington Bicentennial Issue
Issue Date: January 1, 1932
First City: Washington, DC
Quantity Issued: 456,198,500
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforation: 11 x 10.5
Color: Deep violet
U.S. #708 showcases a portrait of George Washington, painted by Charles Willson Peale. It was the third of five paintings by Peale that were used in the George Washington Bicentennial Series. Peale painted the portrait in 1777, while the Colonial Army was camped at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
George Washington Bicentennial Series
In 1932, the Post Office Department issued a 12-stamp series in honor of the 200th birth anniversary of George Washington. Early designs included themes such as the Washington Monument, Washington crossing the Delaware River, and Mount Vernon. But the final product was a series of portraits by esteemed artists such as Charles W. Peale, John Trumbull, and Gilbert Stuart.