1935 3¢ Byrd Expedition
The 1934 souvenir sheet publicizing Rear Admiral Richard Byrd’s second expedition to the South Pole was issued in conjunction with the 1934 National Stamp Exhibition held in New York. The same design was reissued in 1935, imperforate and ungummed, along with the others which became known as “Farley’s Follies.”
The infamous "Farley’s Follies" controversy began in 1933 when Postmaster General James A. Farley removed several stamp sheets from the printing presses before they were gummed or perforated. He autographed these sheets (which were not available to the public) and gave them to colleagues and family, creating precious philatelic rarities. Stamp collectors were outraged when they discovered what had happened. Finally, the Post Office came up with a solution – the reissue in sheet form of all the stamps issued since March 4, 1933, in ungummed condition, all but the first two imperforate and in sufficient numbers to satisfy public demand.