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1959
Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1959
The Postage Due Stamps of the 1959 Series
President: Dwight David Eisenhower ∑ Postmaster General: Arthur E. Summerfield
Domestic Letter Rate: 4¢ per oz. ∑ Postcard Rate: 3¢ ∑ Air Mail Rate: 7¢ per oz

Admitted to the Union: Alaska (January 3) and Hawaii (August 21)

Commemorative Postage Stamps of 1959
Rotary Press - Perf 11 x 10½ - 200 Subject Electric Eye Plates

4¢ Lincoln - Daniel French Statue
Washington, D.C. - May 30, 1959
126,500,000 issued
Oregon Statehood Centennial
Astoria, OR - Feb. 14, 1959
120,740,200 issued
Perry Arctic Exploration 50th Anniv.
Cresson, PA - Apr 6, 1959
131,260,200 issued

"World Peace Through World Trade"
Washington, D.C. - April 20, 1959
47,125,200 issued
The Silver Centennial Stamp
Virginia City, NV - June 8, 1959
123,105,000 issued
American Dental Association Stamp
New York, NY - Sept. 14, 1959
118,445,000 issued


Giori Press Printings - Perf 11 x 11 - 200 Subject Plates

Josť de San Martin
"Champion of Liberty" - D.C. - Feb. 25
288 Subject Plates - 45,569,088 issued
Opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway
Massena, NY - June 26, 1959
126,105,050 issued
U.S. Flag with Forty-Nine Stars
Auburn, NY - July 4, 1959
209,170,000 issued

Soil Conservation Stamp
Rapid City, SD - Aug. 26, 1959
120,835,000 issued
Ernst Reuter
"Champion of Liberty" - D.C. - Sept. 29
288 Subject Plates - 43,099,200 issued


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

1¢ Lincoln Sesquicentennial
Young Lincoln - Hodgenville, KY
Feb. 12, 1959 - 120,400,200 issued
3¢ Lincoln Sesquicentennial
Lincoln Bust by Borglum - New York, NY
Feb. 27, 1959 - 91,160,200 issued
Centenary of First Oil Well
Titusville, PA - Aug. 27, 1959
115,715,000 issued

Josť de San Martin
Champion of Liberty - D.C. - Feb. 25
280 Subject Plates - 133,623,280 issued
10th Anniv. of NATO
Washington, D.C. - Apr. 1, 1959
280 Subject Plates - 122,493,280 issued
Ernst Reuter
Champion of Liberty - D.C. - Sept. 29
280 Subject Plates - 111,685,000 issued
Ephraim McDowell Stamp
Danville, KY - Dec. 3, 1959
280 Subject Plates - 115,444,000 issued


The Air Mail Stamps of 1959
Rotary Press - 400 Subject Electric Eye Plates - Perf 11 x 10½

7¢ Alaska Statehood Air Mail
Juneau, AK - Jan. 3, 1959
90,055,200 issued
7¢ Hawaii Statehood Air Mail
Honolulu, HI - Aug. 21, 1959
84,815,000 issued
15¢ Statue of Liberty Air Mail
New York, NY - Oct. 20, 1959
98,160,000 issued


Giori Press - Perf 11 x 11 - 200 Subject Plates

7¢ Balloon Jupiter Air Mail
Lafayette, IN - Aug. 17, 1959
79,290,000 issued
10¢ Pan American Games Air Mail
Chicago, IL - Aug. 27, 1959
38,770,000 issued


The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1959:

Ordinary issue:
see also:The Series of 1954 - "The Liberty Issue"
Scott 1034 - 2½¢ Bunker Hill - June 17, 1959
Scott 1037 - 4½¢ Hermitage - March 16, 1959
Scott 1045 - 12¢ Benjamin Harrison - Untagged - June 6, 1959
Scott 1059 - 4½¢ Hermitage Coil Stamp - Large Holes: May 1, 1959

Commemoratives:
Scott 1113 - 1¢ Lincoln Sesquicentennial - Young Lincoln - Designer: Ervine Metzl - Engraver: R. M. Bower
Scott 1114 - 3¢ Lincoln Sesquicentennial - Borglum Bust - Designer: Ervine Metzl - Engraver: A. W. Dintaman
Scott 1116 - 4¢ Lincoln - Daniel Chester French Statue - Designer: Ervine Metzl - Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1124 - 4¢ Oregon Statehood Centennial - Designer: Robert Hallock - Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1125 - 4¢ "Champion of Liberty" - Josť de San Martin - Designer: Arnold Copeland - Engraver: M. D. Fenton
Scott 1126 - 8¢ "Champion of Liberty" - Josť de San Martin - Designer: Arnold Copeland - Engraver: M. D. Fenton
Scott 1127 - 4¢ 10th Anniversary of NATO - Designer: Stevan Dohanos - Engraver: Reuben Barrick
Scott 1128 - 4¢ Robert Perry Arctic Exploration 50th Anniv. - Designer: George Samerjan - Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1129 - 8¢ "World Peace Through World Trade" Stamp - Designer: Robert Baker - Engraver: M. D. Fenton
Scott 1130 - 4¢ Silver Centennial Stamp - Designer: Robert L. Miller - Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1131 - 4¢ Opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway - Designer: Arnold Copeland - Engraver: R. M. Bower
Scott 1132 - 4¢ U.S. Flag with Forty-Nine Stars - Designer: Stevan Dohanos - Engraver: C. A. Brooks
Scott 1133 - 4¢ Soil Conservation Stamp - Designer: Walter Hortens - Engraver: R. M. Bower
Scott 1134 - 4¢ Centenary of the First Oil Well at Titusville, PA - Designer: Robert Foster - Engraver: A. W. Dintaman
Scott 1135 - 4¢ American Dental Association Stamp - Designer: Charles H. Carter - Engraver: M. D. Fenton
Scott 1136 - 4¢ " Champion of Liberty" - Ernst Reuter - Designer: Arnold Copeland - Engraver: R. M. Bower
Scott 1137 - 8¢ " Champion of Liberty" - Ernst Reuter - Designer: Arnold Copeland - Engraver: R. M. Bower
Scott 1138 - 4¢ Ephraim McDowell Stamp - Designer: C. R. Chickering - Engraver: C. A. Brooks

Air Mail:
Scott C53 - 7¢ Alaska Statehood Air Mail Stamp
Scott C54 - 7¢ Balloon Jupiter Air Mail Stamp
Scott C55 - 7¢ Hawaii Statehood Air Mail Stamp
Scott C56 - 10¢ Pan American Games Air Mail Stamp
Scott C58 - 15¢ Statue of Liberty Air Mail Stamp

Special Delivery:
There were no new Special Delivery stamps issued in 1959.

Postage Due:
The Postage Due Stamps of the 1959 Series
Denominations ranging from ½¢ to $5 were issued on January 19, 1959.
Note that the 11¢, 13¢ and 17¢ stamps were not issued until January 2, 1978, nearly nineteen years later.


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