Designs of the 1954 Series - The Liberty Issue

Wet Vs Dry Printing Methods

Bureau of Engraving and printing rotary press printings (unless otherwise noted)
Electric eye plates of 400, split into panes of 100 stamps
Design size Portrait Stamps: .75 x .82 inches (about 19 x 20.8mm) Landscape Stamps: .82 x .75 in. (about 20.8 x 19mm), unless noted otherwise
Updated 5/13/2017


½¢ Benjamin Franklin
Red Orange

Designer: Charles R. Chickering     Engravers: Charles A. Brooks
Lettering: Robert J. Jones

Scott FDC Printing Method Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1030 10/20/1955 sheet stamp - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1030a May 1958 sheet stamp - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)


1¢ George Washington
Dark Green

Designer: C. R. Chickering    Vignette: Richard M. Bower
Frame: C. A. Brooks    Lettering: John S. Edmondson

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1031 8/26/1954 sheet stamp - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1031b --- sheet stamp - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none vert. and horiz. gutter pairs
1054 10/8/1954 wet printing coil - large holes 10 vert. none joint line pair
1054b Aug. 1957 dry printing coil - large holes 10 vert. none joint line pair
1054b Feb. 1960 dry printing coil - small holes 10 vert. none joint line pair
1054c --- imperforate coil pair imperf. none ---


1 ¼¢ Palace of the Governors
Turquoise

Designer: Tyler Dingee & William Schrage     Engravers: Matthew D. Fenton
Lettering: George L. Huber  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1031A 6/17/1960 sheet stamp - dry printing only 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1054A 6/17/1960 coil stamp - small holes 10 horiz. none joint line pair
1054A --- coil stamp - large holes 10 horiz. none joint line pair
1054Ad --- imperforate coil stamp --- none ---


1 ½¢ Mount Vernon
Brown Carmine

Designer: William K. Schrage     Engravers: C. A. Brooks
Lettering: John S. Edmondson  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1032 2/22/1956 sheet stamp - dry printing only 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)


2¢ Thomas Jefferson
Carmine Rose

Designer: Tyler Dingee & William Schrage     Engravers: Matthew D. Fenton
Lettering: George L. Huber  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1033 9/15/1954 sheet stamp - dry printing only 11 x 10.5 none PB; vert. and horiz. gutter pairs
1033a Dec. 1954 sheet stamp - Silkote paper 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1055 10/22/1954 coil - wet printing - large holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1055a May 1957 coil - dry printing - large holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1055b 5/6/1968 coil - dry printing - small holes perf 10 vert. tagged; shiny gum joint line pair
1055c --- imperf. coil pair - Riverdale, MD pre-cancel none joint line pair
1055d --- imperforate coil pair; tagged; shiny gum tagged; shiny gum joint line pair


2 ½¢ Bunker Hill
Gray Blue

Designer: Robert L. Miller       Engravers: Arthur W. Dintaman
Lettering: John S. Edmondson  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1034 6/17/1959 sheet stamp - dry printing only 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1056 9/9/1959 sidewise coil stamp - large holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1056 Jan. 1961 sidewise coil stamp - small holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair


3¢ Statue of Liberty
Deep Violet

Designer: Charles R. Chickering       Engravers: Richard M. Bower
Lettering: George L. Huber  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1035 6/24/1954 sheet stamp - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1035a 6/30/1954 booklet (pane of 6) - wet 11 x 10.5 none ---
1035b --- booklet pane; imperf. between - wet 11 x 10.5 none ---
1035c --- sheet stamp - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none PB; vert. & horiz. gutter pairs
1035e 7/6/1966 sheet stamp - dry printing 11 x 10.5 tagged; shiny gum plate number block (4)
1035f --- imperforate pair (~18.75 x 22.5mm) imperf. none ---
1035g --- horiz. pair imperf. between 11 x 10.5 none ---
1057 7/20/1954 coil - wet printing - large holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1057a Oct. 1956 coil - dry printing - large holes perf 10 vert. none gripper cracks; joint line pair
1057a Mar. 1958 coil - dry printing - small holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1057b --- imperforate pair (~19.5 x 22mm) imperf. none joint line pair
1057c Oct. 1966 Look magazine coil (dry, small)  perf 10 vert. tagged (no fluorescence) joint line pair
1057d 6/26/1967 "Look" coil; philatelic printing perf 10 vert. tagged (slightly fluorescent) joint line pair


4¢ Abraham Lincoln
Red Violet

Designer: Charles R. Chickering    Vignette: Richard M. Bower
Frame: C. A. Brooks    Lettering: J. S. Edmondson  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1036c 11/19/1954 sheet stamp - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1036 --- sheet stamp - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none PB; vert. and horiz. gutter pairs
1036b 11/2/1963 sheet stamp - dry printing 11 x 10.5 tagged  plate number block (4)
1036a 7/31/1958 booklet (pane of 6) - dry 11 x 10.5 none ---
1036d --- booklet pane; imperf. between - dry 11 x 10.5 none ---
1036e --- horiz. pair imperf. between (booklet pane/dry) none ---
1058b coil - wet printing - large holes - not issued w/o pre-cancel none joint line pair
1058 7/31/1958 coil - dry printing - large holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1058 --- coil - dry printing - small holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1058a --- imperf. coil pair; dry; small holes imperf. none joint line pair


4 ½¢ Hermitage
Blue Green

Designer: Charles R. Chickering       Engravers: Matthew D. Fenton
Lettering: George A. Payne  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1037 3/16/1959 sheet stamp - dry printing 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1059 5/1/1959 coil - dry printing - large holes perf 10 horiz. none joint line pair
1059 --- coil - dry printing - small holes perf 10 horiz. none joint line pair


5¢ James Monroe
Deep Blue

Designer: C. R. Chickering       Vignette: A. W. Dintaman
Frame: C. A. Brooks       Lettering: J. S. Edmondson  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1038 12/2/1954 sheet stamp - dry printing only 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4);
horizontal gutter pair (pair with full vertical gutter between) 


6¢ Theodore Roosevelt
Carmine

Designers: Victor S. McCloskey & C. Chickering       Vignette: M. Fenton
Frame: C. Brooks       Lettering: G. Payne  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1039 11/18/1955 sheet stamp - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1039a --- sheet stamp - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1039b --- imperforate block of 4 imperf. none ---


7¢ Woodrow Wilson
Rose Carmine

Designer: Tyler Dingee & William Schrage     Engravers: Matthew D. Fenton
Lettering: George L. Huber  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1040 1/10/1956 sheet stamp - dry printing only 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1040a --- Dark Rose Carmine
sheet stamp - dry printing
11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)


8¢ Statue of Liberty
Dark Violet Blue & Carmine

Designer: C. Chickering       Vignette: M. Fenton
Frame: C. Brooks       Lettering: J. Edmondson  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1041 4/9/1954
(this was the 1st Liberty Issue stamp)
flat plate dry printing
size: about 22.7mm high
11 x 11 none plate block (4) 2 plate numbers; 
plate block, red # only;
plate block blue # only 
1041a --- carmine double impression 11 x 11 none ---
1041B 4/9/1954 rotary press dry printing
size: 22.9mm high
(slightly taller)
11 x 11 none plate block (4) 2 plate numbers, one red and one blue


8¢ Statue of Liberty
Redrawn Design

Designer: C. Chickering       Vignette & Frame: M. Fenton
Lettering: Howard F. Sharpless  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1042 3/22/1958 Giori press
size: about 22.8mm high
11 x 11 none plate number block (4);
note: there is only one plate number, since the Giori press printed both colors in one pass and only one plate was needed


8¢ General John J. Pershing
Brown

Designer: Robert J. Jones     Vignette & Frame: Matthew D. Fenton
Lettering: George A. Payne  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1214 11/17/1961 rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)


9¢ Alamo
Rose Lilac

Designer: Charles Chickering     Vignette: Richard M. Bower
Lettering: Howard F. Sharpless  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1043 9/14/1956 rotary press dry printing 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1043a --- dark rose lilac;
rotary press dry printing
10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)


10¢ Independence Hall
Rose Lake

Designer: Charles R. Chickering     Engravers: Charles A. Brooks
Lettering: George L. Huber  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1044 7/4/1956 rotary press dry printing 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1044b --- dark rose lake;
rotary press dry printing
10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1044d 7/6/1966 rotary press dry printing 10.5 x 11 tagged plate number block (4)


10¢ Independence Hall
Rose Lake

Designer: Charles R. Chickering     Engravers: Charles A. Brooks
Lettering: George L. Huber  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1044A 6/15/1961 Giori press 11 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1044Ac 1/11/1967 Giori press 11 x 11 tagged plate number block (4)


12¢ Benjamin Harrison
Red

Designer: Victor S. McCloskey     Vignette: Richard M. Bower
Lettering: Charles A. Smith  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1045 6/6/1959 rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1045a (1968) rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 tagged plate number block (4)


15¢ John Jay
Rose Lake

Designers: V. S. McCloskey & C. Chickering     Vignette: A. W. Dintaman
Lettering: George A. Payne  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1046 12/12/1958 rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1046a 7/6/1966 rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 tagged plate number block (4)


20¢ Monticello
Ultramarine

Designer: William K. Schrage     Vignette: C. A. Brooks
Lettering: J. S. Edmondson  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1047 7/13/1956 rotary press dry printing 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1047a --- deep bright ultramarine
rotary press dry printing
10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)


25¢ Paul Revere
Green

Designers: V. S. McCloskey & C. Chickering     Vignette: R. M. Bower
Lettering: J. S. Edmondson  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1048 4/18/1958 rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1059A 2/25/1965 rotary press coil dry printing 10 vert. none joint line pair
1059Ab 4/3/1973 rotary press coil dry printing 10 vert. tagged/shiny gum joint line pair
1059Ab (1980) rotary press coil dry printing 10 vert. tagged/dull gum joint line pair
1059Ac --- imperforate rotary coil pair imperf. none joint line pair


30¢ Robert E. Lee
Black

Designers: V. S. McCloskey & C. Chickering     Vignette: M. Fenton
Frame: C. Brooks     Lettering: R. Jones  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1049 9/21/1955 rotary press - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1049a (June 1957) rotary press - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1049b --- intense black; 
harder, whiter paper;
rotary press - dry printing
11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)


40¢ John Marshall
Brown Red

Designers: W. K. Schrage & C. Chickering     Vignette: R. Bower
Frame: C. Brooks    Lettering: J. Edmondson  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1050 9/24/1955 rotary press - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1050a (Apr. 1958) rotary press - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)


50¢ Susan B. Anthony
Bright Purple

Designers: Charles R. Chickering     Vignette and Frame: Charles A. Brooks
Lettering: John S. Edmondson  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1051 8/25/1955 rotary press - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none cracked plate;
plate number block (4)
1051a (Apr. 1958) rotary press - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)


$1 Patrick Henry
Purple

Designers: V. McCloskey & C. Chickering     Vignette: A. Dintaman
Frame: C. Brooks     Lettering: J. Edmondson  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1052 10/7/1955 rotary press - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1052a (Oct. 1958) rotary press - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)


$5 Alexander Hamilton
Black

Designers: V. McCloskey & C. Chickering    Vignette and Frame: C. Brooks
Lettering: J. Edmondson  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties
1053 3/19/1956 flat plate - dry printing 11 x 11 none plate number block (4)


Bibliography and suggested additional reading:
The Liberty Series, by Ken Lawrence and Tony Wawrukiewicz (2007)
Ordinary Postage Stamps - Series of 1954, by Sol Glass, in a series of articles in the Bureau Specialist in the late 1950's
The Encyclopedia of United States Stamps and Stamp Collecting edited by Rodney A. Juell & Steven J. Rod - USSS (2006)
Scott's United States Stamp Catalogue Specialized - 1949, Scott Publications, Inc.

Websites of interest to the Liberty Issue collector:
USSS Liberty Series Committee headed by Roland Austin.