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Modern U.S. Airmail stamps

1950-1980 issues

Scott C45, 6¢ Wright Brothers, Plate Number 24158 UR

Scott C46, 80¢, Plate Number 24593 UR

Scott C47, 6¢, 50th Anniversary of Flight, Plate Number 24783 LL

Scott C48, 4¢ Eagle, Plate Number 25035 UR

This is the lowest denomination U.S. airmail stamp ever issued.  It met the airmail postcard rate.

Scott C49, 6¢, 50th Anniversary of Air Force, Plate Number 25761 UR

Scott C50, 5¢ Eagle, Plate Number 26215 LL

Scott C51, 7¢ sheet, Plate Number 26178 UL

Scott C51a, 7¢ single from booklet, partial plate number 22042 or 22043

Scott C52, 7¢ coil showing partial plate number 26055

Scott C53, 7¢ Alaska statehood, Plate Number 26228 UR

Scott C54, 7¢ Balloon Jupiter, Plate Number 26390 UR

Scott C55, 7¢ Hawaii statehood, Plate Number 26435 UR

Scott C56, 10¢ Pan American Games, Plate Number 26414 LL

Scott C57, 10¢ Liberty Bell, Plate Number 26635 LR

Scott C58, 15¢ Statue of Liberty, framed, Plate Number 26482 UL

Scott C59, 25¢ Lincoln, Plate Number 26570 LR

Scott C60, 7¢ Jet, carmine, Plate Number 26445 UL

Scott C62, 13¢ Liberty Bell, Plate Number 26970 UL

Scott C63, 15¢ Statue of Liberty, Plate Number 31558 UL

Scott C63 var, 15¢ Statue of Liberty, offset with Plate Number 28033 on reverse

Scott C64, 8¢ Jet over Capitol, Plate Number 28424 LR

Scott C64b, 8¢ single from booklet pane, showing partial plate number 24375

Scott C64b var, tab from booklet pane showing partial plate number 28115

Scott C66, 8¢ Montgomery Blair, Plate Number 27466 UR

Scott C67, 6¢ Eagle, Plate Number 27391 LL

Scott C68, 8¢ Amelia Earhart, Plate Number 27497 LL

Amelia Earhart was lost at sea during an around-the-world flight in 1937.  At the time this stamp was issued in 1966, she had still not been declared legally dead.  Postal regulations prohibit "portraying" a living person on a stamp, thus she is pictured at a distance, in front of her favorite Lockheed Electra, instead of the usual portrait as for most people who are honored with a stamp.

Thomas Edison was still living when a stamp in three formats was issued in 1929 to honor the 50th anniversary of his invention of the electric light bulb.  These stamps show how this problem was circumvented in an earlier time.

Current postal regulations require that the honoree be deceased for five years before they can be considered for a stamp, with the exception of presidents.  Still, there are many occasions when an event is portrayed (such as landing on the moon) where it is obvious who the person must be, even if they are still alive, as well as numerous instances of photographs, models and other images that include living people being used as the basis for stamps.  These occurrences are avidly tracked in the philatelic press.

Scott C69, 8¢ Robert H. Goddard, Plate Number 27863 UL

Scott C70, 8¢ Alaska Purchase, Plate Number 29022 UL

Scott C71, 20¢ Audubon, Plate Number 29087 UR

Scott C71 var, 20¢ Audubon, Plate Number 29086 LL with rest of plate number printed on the back of the paper fold

Scott C72, 10¢ Field of 50 stars, Plate Number 31990 LR

Scott C74, 10¢ Airmail Service, Plate Number 29679 UR

Scott C75, 20¢ USA and Jet, Plate Number 30502 UR

Scott C75 var, 20¢ USA and Jet, Plate Number 30602 LR, all three colors offset on back

Scott C76, 10¢ First Man on the Moon, Plate Number 31387 LL

Scott C76 var, 10¢ First Man on the Moon, red color shifted to right, yellow color shifted to left, Plate Number 31387 UR

Scott C76a, 10¢ error (red missing from flag patch on astronaut's suit), plate number 31401

Scott C77, 9¢ Delta jet, Plate Number 32946 LR

Scott C78, 11¢ Jet, Plate Number 32942 UR

Scott C78a, 11¢ Jet booklet single, partial Plate Number 32964

Scott C78a var, tab from booklet single showing partial Plate Number 32965

Scott C79, 13¢ Letter, Plate Number 34584 LL

Scott C79 var, 13¢ Letter, misperfed to left, Plate Number 34653 UR

Scott C79b, 13¢ Letter, precanceled, Plate Number 34558 UR

Scott C80, 17¢ Statue of Liberty, Plate Number 33096 UR

Scott C81, 21¢ USA and Jet, Plate Number 33332 UR

Scott C81 var, 21¢ USA and Jet, red and blue (non engraved) shifted to bottom, Plate Number 33017 LL

Scott C81 var, 21¢ USA and Jet, pair with LL Plate Number 35128, showing dry print on adjacent stamp

Scott C84, 11¢ National Parks Centennial, Plate Number 33454 LL

Scott C85, 11¢ 1972 Olympics, Skiing, Plate Number 33322 LL

Scott C85 var, 11¢ 1972 Olympics, black shifted to left adding "sixth skier," Plate Number 33322 LR

Scott C86, 11¢ Electronics, Plate Number 34191 UR

Scott C86c, 11¢ Electronics, red omitted error, Plate Number 34191 UR

Scott C87, 18¢ Statue of Liberty, LR pair with plate numbers 34928 (blue) and 34942 (black)

Scott C87 var, 18¢ Statue of Liberty, UL pair with black shifted to right, plate numbers 34928 (blue) and 34942 (black)

Scott C87 var, 18¢ Statue of Liberty, UL pair with red and blue shifted to bottom, plate numbers 34942 (black) and 34955 (blue)

Scott C88, 26¢ Mount Rushmore, Plate Number 34851 LR

Scott C88 var, 26¢ Mount Rushmore, misperfed, Plate Number 34851 LR

Scott C88 var, 26¢ Mount Rushmore, offset on reverse, Plate Number 34875

Scott C89, 25¢ Globes, Plate Number 36976 LR

Scott C90, 31¢ Globes, Plate Number 38314 UR

Scott C90 var, 31¢ Globes, misperfed, shifted to bottom, Plate Number 36981 LL

Scott C91, 31¢ Wright Brothers (from Scott C91a pair), plate number 38861 UR

Scott C91a var, 31¢ Wright Brothers, UR plate number pair with brown and tan color shift

Scott C92 var, 31¢ Wright Brothers, blue (engraved) shifted up so text is missing entirely, Plate Number 38844 LL

Scott C93, 21¢ Octave Chanute, Plate Number 39008 UR

Scott C93 var, 21¢ Octave Chanute, misperfed due to paper fold, Plate Number 39014 UL

Scott C95, 25¢ Wiley Post, Plate Number 39210 UL.  Image courtesy of Steve O.

Scott C96a, 25¢ Wiley Post, black (engraved) and blue (engraved) shifted to bottom, Plate Number 39193 LL

Scott C97, 31¢ 1980 Olympics, pole vault, Plate Number 39117 UR

Scott C98, 40¢ Philip Mazzei, Plate Number 39461 UR

Scott C98A var, 40¢ Philip Mazzei, all offset colors shifted to left, Plate Number 39461 LL

Scott C99, 28¢ Blanch Stuart Scott, Plate Number 39537 LL

Scott C100, 35¢ Glenn Curtiss, Plate Number 39502 UL

1983 issues for 1984 Olympics

Scott C102, 28¢ Olympics, Hurdles (from Scott C104a), plate number 2222 UR

Scott C103, 28¢ Olympics, Women's Basketball (from Scott C104a), plate number 2222 LL

Scott C104, 28¢ Olympics, Soccer (from Scott C104a), plate number 2222 LR

Scott C105, 40¢ Shot putter, (from Scott 108a), plate number 2222 UL

Scott C106, 40¢ Gymnast (from Scott 108a), plate number 2222 UR

Scott C107, 40¢ Swimmer (from Scott 108a), plate number 2222 LL

Scott C108, 40¢ Weightlifter (from Scott 108a), plate number 2222 LR

Scott C110, 35¢ Olympics, Cycling (from Scott C112a), plate number 1111 UR

    

Scott C111 and C112, 35¢ Olympics, Volleyball and Pole Vault (from Scott C112a), plate number 1111 LL and LR

1985-2005 issues

Scott C113, 33¢ Alfred Verville, plate number 12111 UL

Scott C113a, 33¢ Alfred Verville, imperforate error, UL pair with plate number 12111

Scott C114, 39¢ Lawrence & Elmer Sperry, plate number 12111 LL

Scott C114a, 39¢ Lawrence and Elmer Sperry, imperforate error, unique UR pair with plate number 12111

Scott C115, 44¢ Transpacific Airmail, plate number 1111 LL

Scott C115a, 44¢ Transpacific Airmail, imperforate error, plate number 1111 LL

There are blind perfs in the lower selvage, but none at all between the stamps

Scott C116, 44¢ Junipero Serra, plate number 1111 UR

Scott C117, 44¢ New Sweden, plate number 1 LL

Scott C118, 45¢ Samuel P. Langley, plate number 324343 UL

Scott C119, 36¢ Igor Sikorsky, plate number 1 LR

Scott C119 var, 36¢ error, missing 99% of red, plate number 1 LL

Scott C120, 45¢ French Revolution, plate number 1 LR

Scott C121, 45¢ Americas, Plate Number 1111 UR

Scott C122, 45¢ Space Shuttle from UPU issue (Scott C125a), Plate Number 2223 UL

Scott C125, 45¢ Space Shuttle from UPU issue (Scott C125a), Plate Number 1 LR

Scott C125b, 45¢ UPU error, engraved black (text and denomination) omitted, plate number 1112 (-1) LL

Scott C127, 45¢ Americas, Plate Number A1111 UL

Scott C128, 50¢ Harriet Quimby, L perf, Plate Number S1111 LL

Scott C128b, 50¢ Harriet Quimby, bulls-eye perf, Plate Number S2222 LR

Scott C129, 40¢ William Piper, first printer (hair does not touch frame), Plate Number A1111 UL

Scott C132, 40¢ William Piper, second printer (hair touches frame), Plate Number S1111 LR

Scott C130, 50¢ Antarctic Treaty, Plate Number S1111 UR

Scott C131, 50¢ Asian Land Bridge, Plate Number 111111 LR

2001-2011 American Scenes issues

Scott C134, 40¢ Rio Grande, Plate Number V11111 LR

Scott C133, 48¢ Niagara Falls, Plate Number V11111 UL

Scott C133 var, 48¢ Niagara Falls, "modified red" color, Plate Number V11111 UR

Scott C135, 60¢ Grand Canyon, Plate Number B1111 UR

Scott C135a, 60¢ die cutting omitted error, Plate Number B1111 UR

Scott C138, 60¢ Acadia, 2001 year date, prephosphored, die cut 11.25 x 11.5, Plate Number B1111 UR

Scott C138a, 60¢ Acadia, 2001 year date, overall tagging, die cut 11.5 x 11.9, Plate Number B2222 UR

Scott C138b, 60¢ Acadia, 2005 year date, Plate Number S1111 UR

Scott C138c, 60¢ Acadia error, printed on the backing paper, Plate Number S1111 LR

Scott C139, 63¢ Bryce Canyon, Plate Number S22222 LL

Image courtesy of Ernie Schmitt

Scott C142, 69¢ Okefenokee Swamp National Park, Plate Number P11111 LL

Scott C136, 70¢ Nine Mile Prairie, Plate Number P11111 LL

Scott C144, 72¢ 9-Mile Woods, New Hampshire, Plate Number S11111 UL

Scott C140, 75¢ Great Smoky Mountains, Plate Number P11111 LR

Scott C146, 79¢ Zion National Park, Plate Number P11111 LL

Scott C137, 80¢ Mount McKinley, Plate Number V11111 UL

Scott C137 var, 80¢ Mount McKinley, miscut with die cuts shifted to top, Plate Number V11111 LL

Scott C141, 84¢ Yosemite National Park, Plate Number V11111 UR

Scott C143, 90¢ Hagatña Bay, Guam, Plate Number V11111 UR

Scott C145, 94¢ St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Plate Number V11111 LL

Scott C147, 98¢ Grand Teton National Park, Plate Number V11111 LR

 

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This page last updated July 9, 2011.

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