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U.S. #828
24¢ Benjamin Harrison
1938 Presidential Series

Issue Date: December 2, 1938
City: Washington, DC
Quantity: 91,372,700
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary press
Perforations: 11 x 10 ½
Color: Gray black
 
Known affectionately as the “Prexies,” the 1938 Presidential series is a favorite among stamp collectors. The 24¢ denomination pictures Benjamin Harrison. Benjamin Harrison was the only grandson of a President to become chief executive. He did more to increase respect for the American flag than any other President. During his term in office, Old Glory waved above the White House, government buildings, and every school.
 
The Prexies
The series was issued in response to public clamoring for a new Regular Issue series. The series that was current at the time had been in use for more than a decade. President Franklin D. Roosevelt agreed, and a contest was staged. The public was asked to submit original designs for a new series picturing all deceased U.S. Presidents. Over 1,100 sketches were submitted, many from veteran stamp collectors. Elaine Rawlinson, who had little knowledge of stamps, won the contest and collected the $500 prize. Rawlinson was the first stamp designer since the Bureau of Engraving and Printing began producing U.S. stamps who was not a government employee.

 
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U.S. #828
24¢ Benjamin Harrison
1938 Presidential Series

Issue Date: December 2, 1938
City: Washington, DC
Quantity: 91,372,700
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary press
Perforations: 11 x 10 ½
Color: Gray black
 
Known affectionately as the “Prexies,” the 1938 Presidential series is a favorite among stamp collectors. The 24¢ denomination pictures Benjamin Harrison. Benjamin Harrison was the only grandson of a President to become chief executive. He did more to increase respect for the American flag than any other President. During his term in office, Old Glory waved above the White House, government buildings, and every school.
 
The Prexies
The series was issued in response to public clamoring for a new Regular Issue series. The series that was current at the time had been in use for more than a decade. President Franklin D. Roosevelt agreed, and a contest was staged. The public was asked to submit original designs for a new series picturing all deceased U.S. Presidents. Over 1,100 sketches were submitted, many from veteran stamp collectors. Elaine Rawlinson, who had little knowledge of stamps, won the contest and collected the $500 prize. Rawlinson was the first stamp designer since the Bureau of Engraving and Printing began producing U.S. stamps who was not a government employee.