Postage Stamps of the United States - 1937

Politics


President
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Postmaster General
James A. Farley

Music



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1937 "Swingin At The Cotton Club"

Postage Rates

Domestic Letter Rate: 3¢ per oz.

Postcard Rate: 1¢

Air Mail Rate: 6¢ per oz.

Air Mail Special Delivery Rate: 16¢ per oz.

Trans-Pacific Air Mail
20¢ per ½ oz. (S.F. to Honolulu)
50¢ per ½ oz. (to Philippines)
70¢ per ½ oz. (to China)


Stamps

Commemorative Postage Stamps of 1937
Rotary Press - Perf 11 x 10½ - 200 Subject Plates

The Army Issue

1¢ Generals Washington & Greene
Washington D.C. - December 15, 1936
105,196,150 issued

2¢ Generals Jackson & Scott
Washington D.C. - January 15, 1937
93,848,500 issued

3¢ Sherman, Grant, & Sheridan
Washington D.C. - February 18, 1937
87,741,150 issued

4¢ Robert E. Lee & Stonewall Jackson
Washington D.C. - March 23, 1937
35,794,150 issued

5¢ U.S. Military Academy at West Point
West Point NY, Washington D.C. - May 26, 1937
36,839,250 issued

The Navy Issue

1¢ John Paul Jones & John Barry
Washington D.C. - December 15, 1936
104,773,450 issued

2¢ Decatur & MacDonough
Washington D.C. - January 15, 1937
92,054,550 issued

3¢ Admirals Farragut & Porter
Washington D.C. - February 18, 1937
93,291,650 issued

4¢ Admirals Sampson, Dewey & Schley
Washington D.C. - March 23, 1937
34,552,950 issued

5¢ Seal of the U.S. Naval Academy
Annapolis MD, Washington D.C. - May 26, 1937
36,819,050 issued

Other Commemoratives of 1937

Northwest Territory Sesquicentennial
Marietta, Ohio - July 13, 1937
84,825,250 issued

Virginia Dare
Flat Plate - Manteo, NC - Aug. 18, 1937
25,040,400 issued

Constitution Sesquicentennial
Philadelphia - September 17, 1937
99,882,300 issued

Hawaii Territorial Issue
Honolulu - Oct. 18, 1937
78,454,450 issued

Alaska Territorial Issue
Juneau, Alaska - November 12, 1937
77,004,200 issued

Puerto Rico Territorial Issue
San Juan , Puerto Rico - November 25, 1937
81,292,450 issued

Virgin Islands Territorial Issue
Charlotte Amalie, VI - December 15, 1937
76,474,550 issued

The Souvenir Sheet of 1937

Society of Philatelic Americans Souvenir Sheet
New York - FDC: August 26, 1937
5,277,445 issued
see also: National Parks Issue of 1934

The Souvenir Sheet of 1937

20¢ "China Clipper" Over the Pacific
FDC: Feb. 15, 1937
12,794,600 Issued

50¢ "China Clipper" Over the Pacific
FDC: Feb. 15, 1937
9,285,300 Issued

In 1937, the Trans-Pacific route added a new destination, Hong Kong. These stamps were issued to conform with this added service. These stamps took on the nickname "China Clippers' after the Martin M-130 seaplane whose nickname was the "China Clipper".

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1937

Ordinary issue
There were no new varieties of the ordinary stamps issued in 1937.

Commemoratives
Both the 1¢ Army and 1¢ Navy stamps were issued in 1936
Scott 786 - 2¢ Army Generals Jackson and Scott - Designer: Wm. K. Schrage Engravers: J. Eissler & H. R. Rollins (vignette) · Edward Hall (lettering)
Scott 787 - 3¢ Army Sherman, Grant, and Sheridan - Designer: Victor S. McCloskey, Jr. Engravers: F. Pauling (vignette) · E. M. Weeks (lettering)
Scott 788 - 4¢ Army Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson - Designer: Wm. K. Schrage Engravers: L. C. Kauffmann & J. Eissler (vignette) · E. M. Hall (lettering)
Scott 789 - 5¢ Army United States Military Academy at West Point - Designer: Capt. L. E. Schick Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · E. M. Weeks (lettering)
Scott 791 - 2¢ Navy Decatur and MacDonough - Designer: Alvin R. Meissner Engravers: John Eissler & Carl T. Arlt (vignette) · E. M. Weeks (lettering)
Scott 792 - 3¢ Navy Admirals Farragut and Porter - Designer: A. R. Meissner Engravers: L. C. Kauffmann & Carl T. Arlt (vignette) · Wm. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 793 - 4¢ Navy Admirals Sampson, Dewey and Schley - Designer: A. R. Meissner Engravers: J. Eissler (vignette) · Wm. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 794 - 5¢ Navy Seal of the U.S. Naval Academy - Designer: A. R. Meissner Engravers: F. Pauling (vignette) · Wm. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 795 - 3¢ Northwest Territory Sesquicentennial - Designer: A. R. Meissner Engravers: L. C. Kauffmann & George L. Huber (vignette) · Wm. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 796 - 5¢ Virginia Dare - 350th Anniversary - Designer: Wm. K. Schrage Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · E. M. Weeks (lettering)
Scott 797 - 10¢ Great Smoky Mountains Souvenir Sheet - Designer: Esther A. Richards Engravers: Louis S. Schofield (vignette) · C. A. Smith (lettering)
Scott 798 - 3¢ Signing of the Constitution Sesquicentennial - Designer: A. R. Meissner Engravers: J. Eissler & Carl T. Arlt (vignette) · Wm. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 799 - 3¢ Hawaii Territorial Issue - Statue of Kamehameha - Designer: A. R. Meissner Engravers: C. Chalmers (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 800 - 3¢ Alaska Territorial Issue - Mt. McKinley - Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · Wm. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 801 - 3¢ Puerto Rico Territorial Issue La Fortaleza, San Juan - Designer: Wm. Schrage & Wm. A. Roach Engravers: J. Eissler (vignette) · G. L. Huber (lettering)
Scott 802 - 3¢ Virgin Islands Territorial Issue - Charlotte Amalie Harbor - Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)

"Lettering" refers to the lettering, numerals and, where applicable, the frame. Each engraver was assigned a portion of the stamp which emphasized his particular area of expertise. In practice, this meant the senior engravers were assigned the task of engraving the portrait or vignette and the less senior engravers the task of engraving the numerals, lettering and frame.

Air Mail
Scott C21 - 20¢ China Clipper - Designer: A. R. Meissner Engravers: Carl T. Arlt (vignette) · W. B. Wells & D. R. McLeod (lettering)
Scott C22 - 50¢ China Clipper - Designer: A. R. Meissner Engravers: Carl T. Arlt (vignette) · W. B. Wells, D. R. McLeod & Alton Payne (lettering)

Special Delivery
There were no new Special Delivery stamps issued in 1937.

Suggested reading
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Stamps of the United States 1933-1945 - by Brian C. Baur (1993 Linn's Stamp News)

The United States Postage Stamps of the Twentieth Century Volume IV: Commemoratives 1933-1937 - by Max Johl (1938 H. L. Lindquist publisher)