Philosateleia
Kevin Blackston
PO Box 17544
San Antonio TX 78217-0544
United States of America

1861–67

At the outbreak of the American Civil War, Union postal officials decided to demonetize the existing stamps issued from 1851–61 so they could not be used by the South. Eight stamps ranging in value from 1¢ to 90¢ were prepared initially; later, a 2¢ stamp picturing Andrew Jackson was issued, followed by a 15¢ design honoring the recently assassinated Abraham Lincoln.

Stamps from this series were the first to feature “grills,” impressed patterns of squares that were intended to break the paper fibers so cancellation inks would soak in and make the stamps impossible to clean and reuse.

Blue 1-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Black 2-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson
Rose 3-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing George Washington
George Washington
Brown 5-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
Green 10-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing George Washington
George Washington
Purple 24-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing George Washington
George Washington
Orange 30-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Front of cover bearing 3-cent George Washington stamp and Camp Douglas prisoner's letter marking
Camp Douglas POW Cover

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Published 2018-06-18 Last updated 2018-06-21