The Prominent Americans Series of definitive stamps replaced the Liberty Series. Rather than focus primarily on political figures as its predecessor had, the Prominent Americans Series reflects the growing diversity of its era. Two women and an African American were commemorated in a U.S. stamp series for the first time. But the series is also known for the $1 Eugene O’Neill stamp, which was used habitually by Theodore Kaczynski, the “Unabomber” who terrorized the nation from 1978 to 1995 by mailing bombs in packages to people involved with modern technology.
Thomas Jefferson was a Founding Father, author of the Declaration of Independence and our nation’s third President. Gallatin was an effective Secretary of the Treasury, playing a key role in the financial details of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase and planning the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Frank Lloyd Wright was one of America’s most innovative architects. His designs influenced architects all over the world. One of his most famous creations is the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The 3¢ denomination features historian Francis Parkman as its subject. Parkman was one of America’s greatest historians. His best works include, “The Oregon Trail,” “History of the Conspiracy of Pontiac,” and “France and England in the New World.”
The Liberty Series was issued from 1954-61. It included definitive stamps with denominations ranging from 1/2¢ to $5. (It would be the last 1/2¢ definitive stamp issued by the U.S.) The Liberty Series was generally replaced by the Prominent Americans series beginning in 1965. However, the 2¢ Jefferson and 25¢ Revere coil stamps were reprinted many times and sold well into the ’80s.
Snowflakes are the subject of this holiday stamp set, which includes four designs in four different varieties. This key will help you identify your stamps. And click on the images for more production information and neat stories about snowflakes!
The Distinguished Servicemen series honors our nation’s military heroes.
A ground-breaking stamp was quietly issued on May 18, 1981. For the first time in U.S. history, a coil stamp featured its own unique design rather than simply copying that of the current definitive stamp. Fifty more coil stamps would be issued over the course of the next 15 years, each picturing a different mode of transportation.
The various denominations provided face values to exactly match the rates for several categories of Third Class mail (bulk rate and quanity-discounted mail). As the rates changed, new stamps with new values were added. Never before had a stamp series included so many fractional cent values.
Most of the stamps in the Transportation Series were printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, although a few were printed by private contractors. All but a few of the later stamps were produced by engraved intaglio. Differences in precancels, tagging, paper and gum provide a large number of varieties.