The Large Bank Notes were in use for nearly two decades, but in 1890 the American Bank Note Company produced 10 designs in a smaller size that the United States still uses for definitive stamps today. The stamps ranged in value from 1¢ to 90¢, and in 1893, an 8¢ stamp picturing General William T. Sherman was added to the set.
The American Bank Note Company went on to print the 1893 Columbian Exposition stamps, but in 1894, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing took over the production of all U.S. postage stamps. The 1890–93 designs with some additional engraving would serve as the basis for the first Bureau issue.
Published 2018-06-18 Last updated 2018-06-19