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The Thirties:  1932-1939 Commemorative issues

Washington Birthday Bicentennial

Scott 704, 1/2 Washington Bicentennial, Plate number 20605 LL

Scott 705, 1 Washington Bicentennial, Plate number 20831 LL

Scott 706, 1-1/2 Washington Bicentennial, Plate number 20678 UL

Scott 707, 2 Washington Bicentennial, Plate number 20749 UL

Scott 708, 3 Washington Bicentennial, Plate number 20558 LR

Scott 709, 4 Washington Bicentennial, Plate number 20568 LR

Scott 709 var, 4 Washington Bicentennial, LR Plate number 20568 with broken frame line

Scott 709 var, 4 Washington Bicentennial, used, partial plate number 20567 appearing within the stamp

Scott 710, 5 Washington Bicentennial, Plate number 20637 UR

Scott 711, 6 Washington Bicentennial, Plate number 20569 UR

Scott 712, 7 Washington Bicentennial, Plate number 20563 LL

Scott 713, 8 Washington Bicentennial, Plate number 20566 UL

Scott 714, 9 Washington Bicentennial, Plate number 20641 LL

Scott 715, 10 Washington Bicentennial, Plate number 20642 UL

1932 Commemoratives

Scott 718, 3 1932 Summer Olympics, Plate number 20907 LL

Scott 719, 5 1932 Summer Olympics, Plate number 20868 UL

Scott 720, 3 Washington, used, Plate number 21009 UR

This stamp uses the same portrait as the 2 value in the Washington Bicentennial issue (Scott 707), but was printed in violet, the standard color for three cent stamps.  This met the wish both in the Post Office Department and among the general public that there always be a common definitive stamp portraying George Washington.

Scott 720 var, 3 Washington precanceled, Plate number 21351 LL

Scott 720b, 3 Washington from booklet pane, partial plate number 21010

Scott 721, 3 Washington side-wise coil, partial plate number 20940 and open star at top

Scott 724, 3 William Penn, Plate number 21068 T

The stamp portrays William Penn, but actually commemorates the 250th anniversary of the founding of Pennsylvania in 1682.

Scott 725, 3 Daniel Webster used, Plate number 21034 B

Scott 726, 3 General Oglethorpe used, Plate number 21110 B

The stamp portrays General Oglethorpe, but actually commemorates the 200th anniversary of the founding of Georgia in 1733.

Scott 726 var, 3 General Oglethorpe, bottom half of Plate number 21101 missing

1933 Century of Progress issues

Scott 727, 3 Newburgh used, Plate number 21120 UL

Scott 728, 1 Fort Dearborn - Century of Progess used, Plate number 21133 UR

Scott 729, 3 Century of Progress used, Plate number 21127 LR

Scott 730a, used 1 single from Century of Progress souvenir sheet, Plate number 21146

Scott 731a, used 3 single from Century of Progress souvenir sheet, Plate number 21160

1933 Commemoratives

Scott 732, 3 NRA used, Plate number 21162 LR

To this writer's knowledge, this is the only U.S. stamp issued to tout a law that was later declared unconstitutional.

Scott 733, 3 Byrd Expedition, Plate number 21167 T

Scott 734, 5 Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Plate number 21176 T

Scott 735a, 3 Byrd Expedition, pair from souvenir sheet (Scott 735), Plate number 21184 B

1934 Commemoratives

Scott 736, 3 Maryland Tercentenary, Plate number 21188 B

Scott 737, 3 Mother's Day used, flat plate printing, Plate number 21202 B

Scott 738, 3 Mother's Day used, rotary press printing, Plate number 21214 LR

Scott 739, 3 Wisconsin Tercentenary, Plate number F21238 T

Scott 739a, 3 Wisconsin Tercentenary error, imperforate horizontally (and misperfed vertically), Plate number 21240 B

Scott 739b, 3 Wisconsin Tercentenary error, imperforate vertically, Plate number 21238 B

National Parks issue

Scott 740, 1 Yosemite National Park, Plate number 21251 T

Scott 741, 2 Grand Canyon National Park, Plate number 21254 T

Scott 741 var, 2 Grand Canyon National Park, bottom plate strip of 3 with misperf caused by paper foldover, Plate number 21257

Scott 741b, 2 imperforate vertically error, Plate number 21259 B

Scott 742, 3 Mount Rainier National Park, Plate number F21262 T

Scott 742 var, 3 Mount Rainier, misperfed, Plate number F21262 T

Scott 743, 4 Mesa Verde National Park, Plate number 21329 B

Scott 744, 5 Yellowstone National Park, Plate number F21279 T

Scott 745, 6 Crater Lake National Park, Plate number F21321 T

Scott 746, 7 Acadia National Park, Plate number F21336 T

Scott 747, 8 Zion National Park, Plate number 21325 B

Scott 748, 9 Glacier National Park, Plate number 21319 T

Scott 749, 10 Smokey Mountain National Park, Plate number F21339 T

Scott 750a, 3 APS (Rainier), single from souvenir sheet (Scott 750), Plate number 21303

Scott 751a, 1 Trans-Mississippi (Yosemite), pair from souvenir sheet (Scott 751), Plate number 21341 B

Farley Special Printings

In 1935, Postmaster General James A. Farley gave some friends some uncut press sheets and other unfinished stamps that had not yet completed the stampmaking process.  Some were imperforate, nearly all were ungummed, and most had not yet been separated into post office panes (what we usually today call "sheets") and souvenir sheets.  As a result of the ensuing public uproar, the Post Office was forced to reissue these "errors" and make them available to the general public.  These odd issues are known as "Farleys" after their creator.

Scott 752, 3 Newburgh special printing, Plate number 21119 UL

Scott 753, 3 Byrd Expedition special printing, Plate number 21168 B

Scott 754, 3 Mother's Day, imperforate, Plate number 21205 B

Scott 755, 3 Wisconsin Tercentenary, imperforate, Plate number F21239 T

Scott 756, 1 Yosemite National Park, imperforate, Plate number F21249 T

Scott 757, 2 Grand Canyon National Park, imperforate, Plate number 21254 T

Scott 758, 3 Mount Rainier National Park, imperforate, Plate number 21265 T

Scott 759, 4 Mesa Verde National Park, imperforate, Plate number F21330 T

Scott 760, 5 Yellowstone National Park, imperforate, Plate number F21279 T

Scott 761, 6 Crater Lake National Park, imperforate, Plate number 21320 T

Scott 762, 7 Acadia National Park, imperforate, Plate number F21333 T

Scott 763, 8 Zion National Park, imperforate, Plate number F21327 T

Scott 764, 9 Glacier National Park, imperforate, Plate number 21319 T

Scott 765, 10 Smokey Mountain National Park, imperforate, Plate number F21342 T

Scott 766, 1 Century of Progress special printing, vertical gutter pair with plate number 21145

Scott 767, 3 Century of Progress special printing, vertical gutter pair with plate number 21146

Scott 768, 3 Byrd special printing, pair with typical extra selvage, pair with plate number 21184

Scott 769, 1 Trans-Miss (Yosemite) special printing, horizontal gutter pair with plate number 21341

Scott 770, 3 APS (Rainier) special printing, horizontal gutter pair with plate number 21303

Scott 770, 3 APS (Rainier) special printing, vertical gutter pair with plate number 21303

Scott 771, 16 Air Mail Special Delivery imperforate, Plate number F21312 T

1935 Commemoratives

Scott 772, 3 Connecticut, Plate number 21394 LR

Scott 773, 3 San Diego Exposition, Plate number 21406 UR

Scott 774, 3 Boulder Dam used, Plate number 21465 B

1936 Commemoratives

Scott 775, 3 Michigan Statehood used, Plate number 21469 LR

Scott 776, 3 Texas Centennial used, Plate number 21539 UL

Scott 777, 3 Roger Williams / Rhode Island, Plate number 21561 UL

Scott 777 var, 3 Rhode Island, misperfed through plate number 21560 LL

Scott 778d, 3 used Texas Centennial single from TIPEX souvenir sheet, Plate number 21557

Scott 782, 3 Arkansas Centennial, Plate number 21565 LR

Scott 783, 3 Oregon Territory, Plate number 21576 UL

Scott 784, 3 Susan B. Anthony, Plate number 21590 LL

1937 Army-Navy issue

Scott 785, 1 Army used, Plate number 21603 LR

Scott 786, 2 Army, Plate number 21608 LL

Scott 787, 3 Army used, Plate number 21638 UL

Scott 788, 4 Army, Plate number 21651 LR

Scott 789, 5 Army, Plate number 21681 LL

Scott 790, 1 Navy, Plate number 21604 LR

Scott 791, 2 Navy used, Plate number 21613 UL

Scott 792, 3 Navy used, Plate number 21631 UL

Scott 794, 5 Navy, Shrub Oak NY cancellation 15 years later (possibly by famous stamp dealer and Shrub Oak resident Herman Herst?), Plate number 21686 UL

1937 Commemoratives

Scott 795, 3 Northwest Territory, Plate number 21694 UR

Scott 796, 5 Virginia Dare, with socked-on-the-nose first-day cancellation (Aug. 18, 1937, Manteo, NC), plate number 21699 T

Scott 798, 3 Constitution used, Plate number 21706 LL

1938 Commemoratives

Scott 799, 3 Hawaii Territory used, Plate number 21712 LR

Scott 800, 3 Alaska Territory used, Plate number 21714 UR

Scott 801, 3 Puerto Rico Territory used, Plate number 21724 UR

Scott 802, 3 Virgin Islands Territory used, Plate number 21730 LR

Scott 835, 3 Constitution Ratification, Plate number 21907 UL

Scott 836, 3 Swedish-Finnish Settlement, Plate number 21953 B

Scott 837, 3 Northwest Territory Ordinance, Plate number 22029 UR

Scott 838, 3 Iowa Territory, Plate number 22092 UR

1939 Commemoratives

Scott 852, 3 Golden Gate Exposition, Plate number 22289 UL

Scott 853, 3 New York World's Fair, Plate number 22295 LR

Scott 854, 3 Washington Inauguration, Plate number 22366 B

Scott 855, 3 Baseball, Plate number 22386 UR

Scott 856, 3 Panama Canal, Plate number 22396 B

Scott 857, 3 Printing, Plate number 22450 UR

Scott 858, 3 Washington, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota statehood, Plate number 22459 UL

 

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