3¢ Poultry Industry
Issue Date: September 9, 1948
City: New Haven, CT
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforations: 11 x 10 1/2
U.S. #968 commemorates 100 years of the poultry industry. The stamp pictures a Brahma male rooster, the oldest breed in America. The stamp’s denomination is placed in an egg – making it the first U.S. stamp to picture an egg.
U.S. Poultry Industry
Paul Ives, editor of the Connecticut poultry magazine, “Cackle and Crow,” first suggested a stamp honoring the poultry industry in 1947. At the time, poultry was Connecticut’s largest agricultural industry and Ives said, he couldn’t see any reason to not honor the $3.5 billion industry.
At the stamp’s first day ceremony, Congressman Antoni N. Sadlak said, “So seldom do we count our blessings that we readily fall into the habit of minimizing the importance of certain segments of our food producing sources. The Poultry Industry is a good example. The issuance of this stamp is a means of paying tribute to American Genius, which has built this vast business.