Postage Stamps of the United States - 1940

Politics


President
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Postmaster General
Jan. 1 to Sep. 9
James A. Farley
Sep. 10 to Dec. 31
Frank C. Walker

Music



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1940 "StarDust"

Postage Rates

Domestic Letter Rate: 3¢ per oz.

Postcard Rate: 1¢

Air Mail Rate: 6¢ per oz. .


Stamps

Also See: The Famous American Series of 1940

Commemorative Postage Stamps of 1940
Rotary Press - Perf 11 x 10½ - 200 Subject Electric Eye Plates

80th Anniversary of the Pony Express
Sacramento, CA and St. Joseph, MO
4/3/1940 · 46,497,400 issued

50th Anniversary of Idaho Statehood
First Day in Boise, Idaho
July 3, 1940 · 50,618,150 issued

400th Anniv. of the Coronado Expedition
First Day in Albuquerque, NM
Sept. 7, 1940 · 60,943,700 issued

Rotary Press - Perf 10½ x 11 - 200 Subject Electric Eye Plates

50th Anniv. of the Pan American Union
First Day in Washington, D.C.
April 14, 1940 · 47,700,000 issued

50th Anniv. of Wyoming Statehood
First Day in Cheyenne, Wyoming
July 10, 1940 · 50,034,400 issued

75th Anniv. of the 13th Amendment
First Day at the World's Fair Station, NY
Oct. 20, 1940 · 44,389,550 issued

Rotary Press - Perf 11 x 10½ - 400 Subject Electric Eye Plates

National Defense - Statue of Liberty
First Day in Washington D.C.
Oct. 16, 1940 ·6,081,409,300 issued

National Defense - Army and Navy
First Day in Washington D.C.
Oct. 16, 1940 · 5,211,708,300 issued

National Defense - Liberty's Torch
First Day in Washington D.C.
Oct. 16, 1940 · 8,384,867,600

The following postage stamp varieties werefirst issued by the U.S. in 1940
There were no new Regular Issue stamps issued in 1940, although the National Defense stamps, Scott 899-901 might be considered regular issues since they were regularly issued at Post Office windows in an effort to stir sympathy for the looming war. The quantities issued for each of these certainly reflect this.

There were no new U.S. Air Mail stamps or U.S. Special Delivery stamps issued in 1940.

Commemoratives
Scott 894 - The 3¢ Pony Express - April 3 - Designer: William A. Roach Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · J. S. Edmondson (lettering)
Scott 895 - The 3¢ Pan American Union - April 14 - Designer: William A. Roach Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)
Scott 896 - The 3¢ Idaho Statehood - July 3 - Designer: Wm. K. Schrage Engravers: J. R. Lowe (vignette) · J. S. Edmondson (lettering)
Scott 897 - The 3¢ Wyoming Statehood - July 10 - Designer: Alvin R. Meissner Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · Edward H. Helmuth (lettering)
Scott 898 - The 3¢ Coronado Expedition - Sept. 7 - Designer: Victor S. McCloskey, Jr. Engravers: C. A. Brooks (vignette) · J. S. Edmondson (lettering)
Scott 899 - The 1¢ National Defense Issue - Statue ofLiberty - Oct. 16 - Designer: William A. Roach Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 900 - The 2¢ National Defense Issue - Army and Navy - Oct. 16 - Designer: William A. Roach Engravers: H. R. Rollins (vignette) · W. B. Wells (lettering)
Scott 901 - The 3¢ National Defense Issue - Torch ofEnlightenment - Oct. 16 - Designer: William A. Roach Engravers: J. R. Lowe (vignette) · E. H. Helmuth (lettering)
Scott 902 - The 3¢ Thirteenth Amendment Issue - October 20 - Designer: William A. Roach Engravers: C. T. Arlt (vignette) · J. T. Vail (lettering)

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

United States Famous American Series of 1940, by George C. Hahn (1950 - American Philatelic Society)

Design & Engraving of the Famous American Series of 1940, by James H. Patterson (U.S. Specialist Feb.-Jun. '95)

The Prexies, by Roland Rustad (1994 USSS)