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1938
Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1938
President: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Postmaster General: James A. Farley
Domestic Letter Rate: 3¢ per oz. Postcard Rate: 1¢ - Air Mail Rate: 6¢ per oz. Air Mail Special Delivery Rate: 16¢ per oz.
see also: The Presidential Series of 1938 - "The Prexies"

Commemorative Postage Stamps of 1938
Rotary Press - Perf 11 x 10½ - 200 Subject Plates
Ratification of the Constitution Sesquicentennial
Philadelphia - June 21, 1938 - 73,043,650 issued
Delaware Swedish-Finnish Tercentenary
Flat Plate - Wilmington, Delaware - June 27, 1938 - 58,564,368 issued

Northwest Territory Sesquicentennial
Rotary Press - 400 Subject Plates - 65,939,500 issued
Marietta, Ohio - July 15, 1938
Iowa Territory Centennial
Des Moines, Iowa - August 24, 1938
47,064,300 issued


The Air Mail Stamp of 1938
Flat Plate - Perforated 11 - 100 Subject Plates
6¢ Eagle Holding Shield, Olive Branch and Arrows
FDC: May 14, 1938 - 349,946,500 Issued

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1938:

Ordinary issue:
see also: The Presidential Series of 1938 - "The Prexies"
Scott 803 - The ½¢ Benjamin Franklin - May 19
Designer: Wm. K. Schrage - Engravers: John Eissler (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 804 - The 1¢ George Washington - April 25
Designer: Elaine Rawlinson - Engravers: J. Eissler(vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 805 - The 1½¢ Martha Washington - May 5
Designer: William Schrage - Engraver: Louis C. Kauffmann (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 806 - The 2¢ John Adams - June 3
Designer: William K. Schrage - Engravers: Charles A. Brooks (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 807 - The 3¢ Thomas Jefferson - June 16
Designer: William K. Schrage - Engravers: Carl T. Arlt (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 808 - The 4¢ James Madison - July 1
Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: L. C. Kauffmann (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 809 - The 4½¢ White House - July 11
Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: J. R. Lowe (vignette) · J. T. Vail & Edward M. Weeks (lettering)
Scott 810 - The 5¢ James Monroe - July 21
Designer: R. L. Miller, Jr. - Engravers: J. Eissler (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 811 - The 6¢ John Quincy Adams - July 28
Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: Frank Pauling (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 812 - The 7¢ Andrew Jackson - August 4
Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 813 - The 8¢ Martin Van Buren - August 11
Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 814 - The 9¢ William Henry Harrison - August 18
Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 815 - The 10¢ John Tyler - September 2
Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 816 - The 11¢ James K. Polk - September 8
Designer: R. L. Miller, Jr. - Engravers: L. C. Kauffmann (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 817 - The 12¢ Zachary Taylor - September 14
Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: J. Eissler (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 818 - The 13¢ Millard Fillmore - September 22
Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: F. Pauling (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 819 - The 14¢ Franklin Pierce - October 6
Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: L. C. Kauffmann (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 820 - The 15¢ James Buchanan - October 13
Designer: R. L. Miller, Jr. - Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 821 - The 16¢ Abraham Lincoln - October 20
Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 822 - The 17¢ Andrew Johnson - October 27
Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: L. C. Kauffmann (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 823 - The 18¢ Ulysses S. Grant - November 3
Designer: William Roach - Engravers: Frank Pauling (vignette) · George A. Payne (lettering)
Scott 824 - The 19¢ Rutherford B. Hayes - November 10
Designer: R. L. Miller, Jr. - Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · George L. Huber (lettering)
Scott 825 - The 20¢ James A. Garfield - November 10
Designer: William Roach - Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 826 - The 21¢ Chester A. Arthur - November 22
Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. - Engravers: W. O. Marks (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 827 - The 22¢ Grover Cleveland - November 22
Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. - Engravers: M. D. Fenton (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 828 - The 24¢ Benjamin Harrison - December 2
Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. - Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 829 - The 25¢ William McKinley - December 2
Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. - Engravers: J. R. Lowe (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 830 - The 30¢ Theodore Roosevelt - December 8
Designer: William Roach - Engravers: J. R. Lowe (vignette) · JGeorge A. Payne (lettering)
Scott 831 - The 50¢ William Howard Taft - December 8
Designer: William Roach - Engravers: H. R. Rollins (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 832 - $1 Woodrow Wilson - August 29
Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. - Engravers: L. C. Kauffmann (vignette) · George L. Huber (lettering)
Scott 833 - $2 Warren G. Harding - September 29
Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. - Engravers: F. Pauling (vignette) · E. M. Hall & G. L. Huber(lettering)
Scott 834 - $5 Calvin Coolidge - November 17
Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. - Engravers: J. Eissler (vignette) · E. M. Hall & G. L. Huber(lettering)

Commemoratives:

Scott 835 - 3¢ Ratification of the Constitution Sesquicentennial
Designer: V. McCloskey, Jr. - Engravers: M. Fenton (vignette) · W. Wells (lettering)
Scott 836 - 3¢ Delaware Swedish-Finnish Tercentenary
Designer: A. Meissner - Engravers: C. Arlt(vignette) · E. Weeks, W. Wells & J. Vail (lettering)
Scott 837 - 3¢ Northwest Territory Sesquicentennial
Designer: R. L. Miller, Jr. - Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · E. M. Hall & G. L. Huber (lettering)
Scott 838 - 3¢ Iowa Territory Centennial
Designer: Alvin R. Meissner - Engravers: Cael T. Arlt (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)

"Lettering" refers to the lettering, numerals and, where applicable, the frame. Each engraver was assigned a portion of the stamp which emphasized his particular area of expertise. In practice, this meant the senior engravers were assigned the task of engraving the portrait or vignette and the less senior engravers the task of engraving the numerals, lettering and frame.

Air Mail:
Scott C23 - The 6¢ Bi-Color Eagle Holding Shield, Olive Branch and Arrows
Designer: Wm. Schrage - Engravers: C. A. Brooks & R. Ponickau (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Special Delivery:
There were no new Special Delivery stamps issued in 1938.
Suggested reading:
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Stamps of the United States 1933-1945 - by Brian C. Baur (1993 Linn's Stamp News)


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