1932 5¢ Washington
Washington Bicentennial Issue
Issue Date: January 1, 1932
First City: Washington, DC
Quantity Issued: 170,565,100
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforation: 11 x 10.5
This stamp featured the 5th of Charles W. Peale’s paintings to be used in the George Washington Bicentennial Series. Peale made 14 known paintings of Washington, with this being the last. Washington posed for both Peale and Peale’s 17-year-old son, Rembrandt Peale. The younger Peale went on to have a successful career as an artist.
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.