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#829 – 1938 W McKinley 25c dark rose

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U.S. #829
25¢ McKinley
1938 Presidential Series

Issue Date: December 2, 1938
City: Washington, DC
Quantity: 1,469,132,200
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary press
Perforations: 11 x 10 ½
Color: Deep red lilac
 
Known affectionately as the “Prexies,” the 1938 Presidential series is a favorite among stamp collectors.  
 
The 25¢ denomination pictures William McKinley. When the Civil War broke out, William McKinley was the first man in his hometown of Niles, Ohio, to volunteer for the Union Army. As President, he guided the U.S. on a path towards world leadership. Businesses flourished at home and abroad, and high tariffs protected American industries from foreign competition.
 
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.