1938 6¢ Eagle
Issue Date: May 14, 1938
City: Dayton, OH, and St. Petersburg, FL
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Flat plate printing
Color: dark blue and carmine
This bi-colored 6¢ airmail stamp was issued in celebration of National Airmail Week, which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the first government airmail flight. President Franklin Roosevelt, a stamp enthusiast, was presented with some possible designs for the new stamp, but sketched his own idea instead. His flying eagle became the picture on the new airmail stamp.
The 6¢ Eagle first went on sale in Dayton, OH, the home of the Wright brothers, and St. Petersburg, FL, where the first passenger flight was made. A temporary post office was established, because the American Air Mail Society was holding its annual convention in St. Petersburg.
To celebrate the anniversary, towns all over the U.S. prepared individual First Day Covers. Most covers were mailed on Thursday, May 19 to take part in special one-day-only flights. Towns with no airport cleared fields and closed roads so the planes could land and take-off with the special envelopes.
President Roosevelt received hundreds of covers from all over America, each bearing the stamp that he had designed.