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

1922–32 Fourth Bureau issue

Compared to the narrow focus of the Washington-Franklins, the fourth Bureau issue provided collectors with a delightful range of subjects. Stalwarts such as Benjamin Franklin and George Washington returned to grace the 1¢ and 2¢ stamps, respectively, but individuals such as Theodore Roosevelt made their first appearances on United States postage stamps. In addition, the higher values in the series depicted U.S. landmarks and even a bison, or American buffalo.

The first stamps featuring these designs were printed on flat plate presses and are perf. 11. Many of the stamps were also printed using rotary presses, and these were perf. 11×10½ or 10½×11 in sheets and perf. 10 in coils. Several other perforation varieties also exist, some of which are extremely scarce.

The fourth Bureau issue includes a design picturing a Native American chief, a stamp that some collectors including Philosateleia’s editor feel is the most beautiful U.S. postage stamp ever produced. Philosateleia’s special exhibit, 14 Cents: the American Indian Stamp, takes a closer look at that stamp.

Brown 0.5-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Nathan Hale
Nathan Hale
Green 1-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Light brown 1.5-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Warren G. Harding
Warren G. Harding
Light brown 1.5-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Warren G. Harding
Warren G. Harding
Red 2-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing George Washington
George Washington
Purple 3-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
Light brown 4-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Martha Washington
Martha Washington
Light brown 4-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing William H. Taft
William H. Taft
Blue 5-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
Orange 6-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing James A. Garfield
James A. Garfield
Black 7-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing William McKinley
William McKinley
Olive 8-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant
Pink 9-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
Yellow 10-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing James Monroe
James Monroe
Bluish-green 11-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Rutherford B. Hayes
Rutherford B. Hayes
Dark purple 12-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland
Green 13-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Benjamin Harrison
Benjamin Harrison
Blue 14-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing American Indian
American Indian
Gray 15-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty
Black 17-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson
Red 20-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Golden Gate
Golden Gate
Green 25-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls
Brown 30-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing American buffalo
American Buffalo
Light purple 50-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing Arlington Amphitheatre
Arlington Amphitheatre
Dark purple $1 U.S. postage stamp picturing Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
Blue $2 U.S. postage stamp picturing U.S. Capitol
U.S. Capitol

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Published 2018-06-19