Postage Stamps of the United States - 1869

Politics



President
1/1-3/3: Andrew Johnson
3/4-12/31: Ulysses S. Grant

Postmaster General:
1/1-3/4: Alexander Randall
3/5-12/31: John A. J. Creswell

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1869 "Little Brown Jug"

Postage Rates


Domestic Letter Rate: 3¢ per ½ oz

Registry Fee: 15¢


Stamps

1¢ Buff Franklin
2¢ Pony Express
3¢ Locomotive
6¢ Washington
10¢ Shield and Eagle
12¢ S.S. Adriatic
15¢ Columbus Landing
24¢ Declaration of Independence
30¢ Flag, Shield and Eagle
90¢ Lincoln

Printed by the National Bank Note Company on hard white paper with grills. The mono-color stamps (the 1¢, 2¢, 3¢, 6¢, 10¢, and 12¢) were printed on 300 subject plates, panes of 150. The bi-color stamps (the 15¢, 24¢, 30¢, and 90¢) were printed on 100 subject plates.
Vignettes: 1¢: Joseph Pease 2¢ & 3¢: Christian Rost 6¢: W. Marshall 10¢ & 30¢: D. Ronaldson 12¢, 15¢ and 24¢: James Smillie 90¢: J. Ourdan
Frames: 1¢ and 6¢, the intricate lathwork,: Wm. Nichols 2¢, 3¢ and 12¢: George Thurber 10¢, 15¢, 24¢, 30¢ and 90¢: D. S. Ronaldson
Lettering: 1¢, 6¢, 15¢, 24¢ and 90¢: J, C, Kenworthy 2¢, 3¢ and 12¢: George Thurber 10¢ and 30¢: D. S. Ronaldson

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1869:
National Bank Note Co. - Hard White Paper - With Grill - Perf 12
All but the 6¢, 10¢ and 12¢ are known without grill, which brings a premium if authentic.
Scott 112 - 1¢ Buff Franklin EDU: April 1, 1869 - about 12 million issued
Scott 113 - 2¢ Brown Pony Express EDU: March 20, 1869 - about 72 million issued
Scott 114 - 3¢ Ultramarine Locomotive EDU: March 27, 1869 - about 336 million issued
Scott 115 - 6¢ Ultramarine Washington EDU: April 26, 1869 - about 4.3 million issued
Scott 116 - 10¢ Yellow Shield and Eagle EDU: April 1, 1869 - about 3.3 million issued
Scott 117 - 12¢ Green S.S. Adriatic EDU: April 1, 1869 - about 3 million issued
Scott 118 - 15¢ Landing of Columbus - Type I - EDU: 3/31/69 (off cover) 4/2/69 (on cover) - about 120,000 issued
Scott 119 - 15¢ Brown/Blue Landing of Columbus Type II - EDU: April 5, 1869 - about 1.4 million issued
Scott 119b - 15¢ Brown/Blue Landing of Columbus Type II Center Inverted
Scott 120 - 24¢ Green/Violet Signing of Dec. of Independence EDU: April 7, 1869 - about 250,000 issued
Scott 120b - 24¢ Signing of Dec. of Independence Center Inverted
Scott 121 - 30¢ Ultramarine/Carmine Flags/Shield and Eagle EDU: May 22, 1869 - about 305,000 issued
Scott 121b - 30¢ Flags inverted
Scott 122 - 90¢ Carmine/Black Lincoln EDU: May 10, 1869 (off cover) - There is only one cover known with the 90¢ 1869 stamp, the famous "Icehouse Cover" with a penciled in date on the front of Aug. 8, 1873 - about 55,500 issued

Note: The Special Printings of the 1869 Series, Scott 123-133, were printed by the National Bank Note Company in 1875. An additional Special Printing of the one cent stamp was printed by the American Bank Note Company in 1881.

Commemoratives: The first Commemorative stamps were not issued until 1893
Special Delivery: The first Special Delivery stamps were not issued until 1885
Postage Dues: The first Postage Due Stamps were not issued until 1879

Designs of the 1869