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1955
Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1955
Wet Vs Dry Printing Methods
President: Dwight David Eisenhower Postmaster General: Arthur E. Summerfield
Domestic Letter Rate: 3¢ per oz. Postcard Rate: 2¢ Air Mail Rate: 6¢ per oz

Commemorative Postage Stamps of 1955
Rotary Press - Perf 11 x 10½ - 200 Subject Electric Eye Plates

Land Grant Colleges Centennial
East Lansing, MI - Feb. 12, 1955
120,484,800 issued
Rotary International 50th Anniv.
Chicago, IL - Feb. 23, 1955
53,854,750 issued
Armed Forces Reserve Stamp
Washington, D.C. - May 21, 1955
176,075,000 issued

Soo Locks Centenary Stamp
Sault Sainte Marie, MI - June 28, 1955
122,284,600 issued
Atoms for Peace Stamp
Washington, D.C. - July 28, 1955
133,638,850 issued
Fort Ticonderoga Bicentennial Stamp
Fort Ticonderoga, NY - Sep. 18, 1955
118,664,600 issued


Rotary Press - Perf 10½ x 11 - 200 Subject Electric Eye Plates


Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA - Jan. 15, 1955
Dry Method Printing - 116,139,800 issued
Old Man of the Mountain
Franconia, NH - June 21, 1955
125,944,400 issued
The Andrew Mellon Stamp
Washington, D.C. - Dec. 20, 1955
280 Subject Plates - 112,434,000 issued

Certified Mail Stamp of 1955
Rotary Press - Perf 10½ x 11 - 200 Subject Electric Eye Plates

15¢ Mailman Delivering Letters
Washington, D.C. - June 6, 1955

The Dry Printing Special Handling Postage Stamps of 1955
Wet Vs Dry Printing Methods
· Flat Plate - Dry Printing - Perforated 11 - 200 Subject Plates

10¢ Special Handling - Dry Printing 15¢ Special Handling - Dry Printing 20¢ Special Handling - Dry Printing

The Special Handling stamps were printed using the wet method through most of 1955, when some were printed using the new dry method. It should be noted that all of the Special Handling stamps were printed on flat plate presses and that the 25¢ stamp was never printed using the dry method.

The traditional method of sorting the wet and dry stamps has been to classify as dry-prints those with sharper, crisper printing and a slightly darker green color than the 1928 yellow green. Mr. Bob Rufe, in a series of articles in the 2007 United States Specialist, presents a convincing argument that this is misleading at best, since many of the stamps printed between 1940 and 1955 have just these supposed dry printing characteristics. In fact, he clearly illustrates an example of a wet printing from the 1940-1955 period that is indistinguishable from a dry printing in terms of color and sharpness. This wet stamp would end up in most dealer's dry stock pile. Why does a stamp that looks so much like a dry-printing, turn out to be a wet-print stamp? It turns out these stamps have over-riding characteristics showing they must be wet-prints. These characteristics are:

1. The wet-print, depending on the direction of the grain of the paper, is narrower or shorter than the dry-print, typically from .4 to .7 mm narrower or shorter. This can be seen by overlapping the stamp in question with a known wet-print stamp. A good choiuce for this would be any 25¢ Special Handling stamp since they were all wet-printings. If the stamp in question measures similar in both the vertical and horizontal directions, it must be a wet-print. If the stamp is noticeably longer or wider, then it might be a dry-print.

2. The dry-prints were printed on thicker, stiffer paper. Although it would require an accurate micrometer to make such measurements, many collectors can tell the difference simply by "flicking" the stamp, testing for stiffness.

This new research presents some interesting findings. Since many of the stamps that have been traditionally classified as dry-prints are actually wet-prints, the Special Handling dry-prints appear to be substantially rarer than previously thought. The dry-printings are unknown properly used on a contemporary cover. In fact, Mr. Rufe is offering a bounty of $300 for the first certified proper usage on cover.



The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1955:

Ordinary issue:
see also:The Series of 1954 - "The Liberty Issue"
Scott 1030a - ½¢ Benjamin Franklin - Wet Printing - Oct. 20, 1955
Scott 1039a - 6¢ Theodore Roosevelt - Wet Printing - Nov. 18, 1955
Scott 1049a - 30¢ Robert E. Lee - Wet Printing - Sept. 21, 1955
Scott 1050a - 40¢ John Marshall - Wet Printing - Sept. 24, 1955
Scott 1051a - 50¢ Susan B. Anthony - Wet Printing - Aug. 25, 1955
Scott 1052a - $1 Patrick Henry - Wet Printing - Oct. 7, 1955

Commemoratives:
Scott 1064 - 3¢ Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts Sesquicentennial - Designer: McCloskey, Jr. - Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1065 - 3¢ Land Grant Colleges Centennial Stamp - Designer: Wm. K. Schrage - Engraver: A. W. Dintaman
Scott 1066 - 8¢ Rotary International 50th Anniversary Stamp - Designer: C. R. Chickering - Engraver: R. M. Bower
Scott 1067 - 3¢ Armed Forces Reserve Stamp - Designer: C. R. Chickering - Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1068 - 3¢ Old Man of the Mountain Sesquicentennial - Designer: Wm. K. Schrage - Engraver: R. M. Bower
Scott 1069 - 3¢ Soo Locks Centenary Stamp - Designer: C. R. Chickering - Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1070 - 3¢ Atoms for Peace Stamp - Designer: George R. Cox - Engraver: R. M. Bower
Scott 1071 - 3¢ Fort Ticonderoga Bicentennial Stamp - Designer: Enrico Arno - Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1072 - 3¢ Andrew Mellon Stamp - Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. - Engraver: R. M. Bower

Air Mail:
There were no new Air Mail stamps issued in 1955.

Special Delivery:
There were no new Special Delivery stamps issued in 1955.

Certified Mail
Scott FA1 - 15¢ Mailman Delivering Letters

Special Handling - Dry Printing - Wet Vs Dry
Scott QE1a - 10¢ Special Handling Stamp
Scott QE2a - 15¢ Special Handling Stamp
Scott QE3a - 20¢ Special Handling Stamp


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