Postage Stamps of the United States - 1938

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President
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Postmaster General
James A. Farley

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1938 "Thanks For The Memory"

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.


Stamps

Commemorative Postage Stamps of 1938
Rotary Press - Perf 11 x 10½ - 200 Subject Plates
Also See: The Presidential Series of 1938 Identifer

Ratification of the Constitution Sesquicentennial
Philadelphia - June 21, 1938
73,043,650 issued

Delaware Swedish-Finnish Tercentenary
Flat Plate - Wilmington, Delaware - June 27, 1938
58,564,368 issued

Northwest Territory Sesquicentennial
Rotary Press - 400 Subject Plates
Marietta, Ohio - July 15, 1938
65,939,500 issued

Iowa Territory Centennial
Des Moines, Iowa - August 24, 1938
47,064,300 issued

The Air Mail Stamp of 1938
Flat Plate - Perforated 11 - 100 Subject Plates

6¢ Eagle Holding Shield, Olive Branch and Arrows
FDC: May 14, 1938
349,946,500 Issued

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1938

Ordinary issue
see also: The Presidential Series of 1938 - "The Prexies"

Scott 803 - The ½¢ Benjamin Franklin - May 19 Designer: Wm. K. Schrage - Engravers: John Eissler (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 804 - The 1¢ George Washington - April 25 Designer: Elaine Rawlinson - Engravers: J. Eissler(vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 805 - The 1½¢ Martha Washington - May 5 Designer: William Schrage - Engraver: Louis C. Kauffmann (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 806 - The 2¢ John Adams - June 3 Designer: William K. Schrage - Engravers: Charles A. Brooks (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 807 - The 3¢ Thomas Jefferson - June 16 Designer: William K. Schrage - Engravers: Carl T. Arlt (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 808 - The 4¢ James Madison - July 1 Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: L. C. Kauffmann (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 809 - The 4½¢ White House - July 11 Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: J. R. Lowe (vignette) · J. T. Vail & Edward M. Weeks (lettering)
Scott 810 - The 5¢ James Monroe - July 21 Designer: R. L. Miller, Jr. - Engravers: J. Eissler (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 811 - The 6¢ John Quincy Adams - July 28 Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: Frank Pauling (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 812 - The 7¢ Andrew Jackson - August 4 Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 813 - The 8¢ Martin Van Buren - August 11 Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 814 - The 9¢ William Henry Harrison - August 18 Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 815 - The 10¢ John Tyler - September 2 Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 816 - The 11¢ James K. Polk - September 8 Designer: R. L. Miller, Jr. - Engravers: L. C. Kauffmann (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 817 - The 12¢ Zachary Taylor - September 14 Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: J. Eissler (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 818 - The 13¢ Millard Fillmore - September 22 Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: F. Pauling (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 819 - The 14¢ Franklin Pierce - October 6 Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: L. C. Kauffmann (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 820 - The 15¢ James Buchanan - October 13 Designer: R. L. Miller, Jr. - Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 821 - The 16¢ Abraham Lincoln - October 20 Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 822 - The 17¢ Andrew Johnson - October 27 Designer: William Schrage - Engravers: L. C. Kauffmann (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 823 - The 18¢ Ulysses S. Grant - November 3 Designer: William Roach - Engravers: Frank Pauling (vignette) · George A. Payne (lettering)
Scott 824 - The 19¢ Rutherford B. Hayes - November 10 Designer: R. L. Miller, Jr. - Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · George L. Huber (lettering)
Scott 825 - The 20¢ James A. Garfield - November 10 Designer: William Roach - Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 826 - The 21¢ Chester A. Arthur - November 22 Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. - Engravers: W. O. Marks (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 827 - The 22¢ Grover Cleveland - November 22 Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. - Engravers: M. D. Fenton (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 828 - The 24¢ Benjamin Harrison - December 2 Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. - Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 829 - The 25¢ William McKinley - December 2 Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. - Engravers: J. R. Lowe (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 830 - The 30¢ Theodore Roosevelt - December 8 Designer: William Roach - Engravers: J. R. Lowe (vignette) · JGeorge A. Payne (lettering)
Scott 831 - The 50¢ William Howard Taft - December 8 Designer: William Roach - Engravers: H. R. Rollins (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 832 - $1 Woodrow Wilson - August 29 Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. - Engravers: L. C. Kauffmann (vignette) · George L. Huber (lettering)
Scott 833 - $2 Warren G. Harding - September 29 Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. - Engravers: F. Pauling (vignette) · E. M. Hall & G. L. Huber(lettering)
Scott 834 - $5 Calvin Coolidge - November 17 Designer: V. S. McCloskey, Jr. - Engravers: J. Eissler (vignette) · E. M. Hall & G. L. Huber(lettering)

Commemoratives
Scott 835 - 3¢ Ratification of the Constitution Sesquicentennial Designer: V. McCloskey, Jr. - Engravers: M. Fenton (vignette) · W. Wells (lettering)
Scott 836 - 3¢ Delaware Swedish-Finnish Tercentenary Designer: A. Meissner - Engravers: C. Arlt(vignette) · E. Weeks, W. Wells & J. Vail (lettering)
Scott 837 - 3¢ Northwest Territory Sesquicentennial Designer: R. L. Miller, Jr. - Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · E. M. Hall & G. L. Huber (lettering)
Scott 838 - 3¢ Iowa Territory Centennial Designer: Alvin R. Meissner - Engravers: Cael T. Arlt (vignette) · W. B. Wells (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 C23 - The 6¢ Bi-Color Eagle Holding Shield, Olive Branch and Arrows Designer: Wm. Schrage - Engravers: C. A. Brooks & R. Ponickau (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)

Special Delivery
There were no new Special Delivery stamps issued in 1938.

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