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The 2 Reds

Red was the color designated by the Universal Postal Union for internal or domestic postage stamps.  Except for a brief period at the end of World War I, domestic postage rates were 2 until 1933.  Virtually all of the 2 commemoratives from 1898 through the early 1930s were red (or "carmine" or "scarlet" or...), and the few that weren't predominantly featured red.  The nickname "2 reds" applies especially to the single-issue commemoratives issued from 1926, beginning with the Liberty Bell issue, Scott 626, through the Lake Placid and Arbor Day issues of 1932, Scott 716 and 717.

1926 issues

Scott 627, 2 150th anniversary of independence, plate number 18540

Scott 627, 2¢ Liberty Bell, precanceled, plate number F18573

Scott 629, 2 Battle of White Plains, plate number 18768

Scott 629, 2¢ Battle of White Plains, precanceled, plate number 18767

Scott 630a, 2 Battle of White Plains, used single from souvenir sheet of 25, bottom plate number 18771. The stamp is canceled on Oct. 18, 1926, the first day of issue.

Scott 630a, 2 Battle of White Plains, single from souvenir sheet of 25, right plate number F18773. Virtually all F "finished" designations were placed before the Top Right plate number. While there are a number of erroneous placements at the left and right sides, at the bottom, and at top left instead of the traditional top right, this is the only occasion known to this writer where the "F" intentionally appears in a different position.

Scott 630a var, 2¢ Battle of White Plains, dot over first S of "STATES", plate number 18773

1927 issues

Scott 643, 2 Vermont, plate number 19035

Scott 643 var, 2 Vermont, dark red, used, plate number 19036

Scott 644, 2 Burgoyne, plate number 19064

Scott 644, 2¢ Burgoyne, precanceled, plate number 19068

1928 issues

Scott 645, 2 Valley Forge, plate number 19495

Scott 645, 2¢ Valley Forge, precanceled, plate number 19495

Scott 649, 2 and Scott 650, 5 International Aeronautics Conference, plate numbers 19665 and F19659

Scott 650, 5¢ Aeronautics Conference, precanceled, plate number 19661

1929 issues

Scott 651, 2 George Rogers Clark, red plate number 19726 and black plate number 19733

Scott 651 var, 2 George Rogers Clark, vignette misregistered low and to the right, black plate number 19733

Scott 651 var, 2¢ George Rogers Clark, pre-printing paper ford, carmine plate number F19721

     

Scott 654, 2 Edison, plate number 19777 (flat plate), Scott 655, plate number 19779 (rotary press), and Scott 656 (coil, showing partial plate number 19782)

Scott 657, 2 Sullivan,  plate number 19786

Scott 657a, 2 Sullivan,  lake, plate number 19784

Scott 680, 2 Wayne,  plate number 19830

Scott 681, 2 Ohio River Canalization,  plate number 19838

Scott 681 var, 2 Ohio River Canalization,  pre-print paper fold, plate number 19841

1930 issues

Scott 682, 2 Massachusetts Bay Colony, plate number 20056

Scott 682, 2¢ Massachusetts Bay Colony, precanceled, plate number 20054

Scott 683, 2 Charleston,  plate number 20064

Scott 688, 2 Braddock,  plate number 20170

Scott 689, 2 von Steuben, plate number F20269

Scott 689 var, 2 dark carmine rose error, plate number 20281

1931 issues

Scott 690, 2 Pulaski,  plate number 20418

Scott 702, 2 Red Cross, top plate strip of 3 with plate numbers F20503 and F20437

Scott 702, 2¢ Red Cross, precanceled, plate number 20450

Scott 702 var, 2¢ Red Cross, misperfed, plate number 20466

Scott 703, 2 Yorktown, carmine plate number 20481 and black plate number 20476

Scott 703, 2¢ Yorktown, precanceled, pair with carmine plate number 20463 and black plate number 20512

Scott 703, 2¢ Yorktown, mis-registered, also misperfed at right, black plate number F20477

Scott 703a, 2¢ Yorktown, lake (error), black plate number F20506

Scott 703b, 2 dark carmine lake (error), black plate number 20470

1932 issues

Scott 716, 2 1932 Winter Olympics, carmine, plate number 20825

Scott 716a, 2 carmine lake error, plate number F20820 photographically cropped from a larger block

Scott 717, 2 Arbor Day, plate number 20874

 

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