1934 16¢ Great Seal
Air Post Special Delivery
Issue Date: August 30, 1934
City: Chicago, IL
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Flat plate printing
Color: Dark blue
In 1934, the 16¢ blue Airmail Special Delivery stamp was issued to prepay, with one stamp, the air postage and the special delivery fee. Mail with this stamp would travel by plane to its designated post office, where, upon arrival, a messenger would deliver it immediately to the recipient.
The stamp was designed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was an avid collector. Its first day of sale was August 30th, at the convention of the American Air Mail Society in Chicago. Two years later, the stamp was reprinted using two colors – carmine and blue.