This special issue of ten postage stamps in denominations of 1-cent to 10-cents, inclusive, is the first series of stamps to be devoted entirely to scenic views from the national parks. The stamps were issued complimentary to the observance of 1934 as "National Parks Year." The stamps of this series are of larger size, 84/100" by 1 44/100" in dimension, in order to better accommodate the subject matter incorporated therein. The stamps are issued in sheets of 50.
The 1-cent stamp is arranged vertically and is printed in green ink. This denomination shows a scene in Yosemite National Park with the famous El Capitan at the right. In a solid panel across the bottom of the stamp is the inscription "U.S. postage" in white Roman lettering. Resting on this base is a dark panel with curved top and ends, within which in a curved line along the upper edge is the title "Yosemite" in white Gothic. Below the title is the denomination designation "1¢" in white Roman flanked on either side by white-line ornaments. The stamp is enclosed in a narrow double-line border.
The 2-cent stamp is arranged horizontally and is printed in red ink. The central subject of this stamp is a view of the Grand Canyon, depicting the temples of Deva, Brahma, and Zoroaster, and Bright Angel Canyon. On either side of the stamp are upright panels containing the words "U.S. postage" at the left and "Grand Canyon" at the right in white Gothic letters arranged vertically within an ornamental framework. Within circular panels with white borders and solid background in each lower corner is the denomination designation "2¢" in white. The stamp is enclosed in a narrow doubleline border.
The 3-cent stamp of this series is arranged horizontally and is enclosed in a narrow double-line border. A shadowed vertical panel at the right occupies approximately one-fifth of the area of the stamp. Within this panel at the top are the words "United States postage" in shaded Gothic lettering, arranged in three horizontal lines. Below this inscription and separated therefrom by a solid line ornament are the words "Three cents" in shaded Gothic, printed in two lines. Resting on an acanthus ornament at the bottom of this panel is a white disk containing a narrow double-line border within the outer circle. In the center of this disk is the solid Gothic numeral "3." The remaining space of the stamp at the left is a view of Mount Rainier with a reproduction of Mirror Lake in the foreground, in which the peak and surrounding trees are reflected. In a narrow panel at the base is the name "Mt. Rainier" in white Roman on a solid background. The stamp is printed in purple ink.
The 4-cent denomination is arranged horizontally and is printed in brown. The stamp is enclosed in a double-line border which is widened at the top and bottom of the stamp to form a narrow panel containing small arrowlike ornaments in white on a dark ground. The central subject is a view of the "Cliff Palace", one of the more important ruins of the prehistoric cliff dwellers in Mesa Verde National Park, Colo. At the base of the picture in a narrow panel with white edges and dark background is the title "Mesa Verde" in white Roman. In each lower corner is a rectangular panel, arranged vertically, with dark edges and white background enclosing the large, dark numeral "4." Panels of the same width, with dark ground, extend to the top of the stamp on either side in which, arranged vertically, in white Gothic lettering are the words "U.S. postage" at the left and "Four cents" at the right.
The 5-cent stamp, arranged vertically, is enclosed in a narrow double-line border and is printed in blue ink. In a solid panel with white edges across the bottom of the stamp are the words "U.S. postage" in white Roman. Resting on this base is a lighter panel with curved top and ends, within which in a curved line near the top is the name "Yellowstone" in white Gothic. Below this title is the denomination designation "5¢", also in white Gothic, on either side of which appears a white-line ornament. The remaining space on the stamp is a reproduction of Old Faithful Geyser, one of the foremost scenic wonders of Yellowstone Park, with its column of hot water high in the air.
The 6-cent stamp, arranged horizontally, is enclosed in a narrow ruled panel border. A view of Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park, showing portions of the surrounding rim and Wizard Island, occupies the major part of the space within the border. In a horizontal line in the upper central part of the stamp are the words '·U.S. postage" in solid modified Gothic. In rectangular panels with light background and double-line borders in each lower corner is the denomination designation "6¢" in solid Gothic. In a narrow horizontal panel with light background at the base of the stamp is the title "Crater Lake" in small clark Gothic letters. The stamp is printed in blue ink to conform to the color of the water in Crater Lake.
The 7-cent stamp is arranged horizontally, and has for the central design a view of Great Head, a rocky promontory on the shore of Acadia National Park, Maine. At the bottom of the picture is the title "Acadia" in white Gothic letters. At each end of the stamp, in narrow upright panels with dark background bordered by paneling of lighter shade on either side and with ornamental devices at the top and bottom, is the wording "U.S. postage" at the left and "Seven cents" at the right in white Gothic, arranged vertically. Within a circular panel with white ground, bordered by several dark lines, in the upper right corner of the space reserved for the central subject, is the denomination designation "7¢" in dark color. The stamp is printed in black ink.
The 8-cent denomination is arranged vertically and is enclosed in a narrow double-line border. It is printed in gray-green ink. The central design of this stamp is a reproduction of the "Great White Throne", one of the outstanding examples of the peculiar rock formations in Zion National Park, Utah. Below the picture is the title "Zion" in dark Gothic. In a narrow panel with white edges and dark ground along the base of the stamp are the words "U.S. postage" in white Roman lettering. The denomination designation "8¢" in dark color is shown in the upper right corner of the stamp.
The 9-cent stamp, arranged horizontally, is enclosed in a narrow double-line border and is printed in red orange color. The central design depicts a scene from the Glacier National Park, showing lofty Mount Rockwell in the distance and Two Medicine Lake with bordering forest trees in the foreground. Arranged vertically at either end are ruled panels in which are enclosed other panels of lighter shade, with indented ends containing, at the left, the wording "U.S. postage", and "Glacier" at the right, all in solid Roman lettering. In the lower right corner is a small square with light background and doubleline border enclosing the denomination designation "9¢" in dark color.
The 10-cent stamp is arranged vertically, and has for the central subject a view of Mount Le Conte, one of the outstanding points of interest in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. In a narrow panel across the top of the stamp, with dark ground, are the words "Great Smoky Mountains" in white Roman. In a similar panel at the base of the stamp are the words "United States postage" in white Roman. Resting on the base is a curved ribbon panel, in the central fold of which, on a light ground, is the word "Cents" in dark Roman. Immediately above, in a rectangular panel with dark background, is the large numeral "10" in white Roman. The stamp is printed in gray black color.