Postage Stamps of the United States - 1881

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Rutherford B. Hayes
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Chester A. Arthur

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Horace Maynard
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Thomas L. James
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Timothy O. Howe

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1881 "The Old Brigade"

Postage Rate


Domestic Letter Rate: 3¢ per ½ oz

Card Rate: 1¢

Registry Fee: 10¢

Foreign Rate: 5¢

Stamps

American Bank Note Company - Soft Porous Paper - Perf 12 - 200 Subject Plates

1¢ Franklin of 1881
3¢ Washington of 1881

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1881:
Scott 206 - One Cent Gray Blue Franklin - EDU: Nov. 2, 1881 - over 2 billion issued
Scott 207 - Three Cent Blue Green Washington - EDU: August 7, 1881 - about 1.5 billion issued

American Bank Note Company Special Printing - Design of 1869 Pictorial:
Scott 133a - One Cent Brown Orange Franklin - est. less than 15,000 sold

Commemoratives: The first Commemorative stamps were not issued until 1893
Special Delivery: The first Special Delivery stamps were not issued until 1885

see also: Designs of the 1870-1888 Regular Issues