The Department issued this 3-cent stamp, the first of the three stamps to emphasize the importance of Wildlife Conservation in America, through the Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, post office on May 5, 1956. It was released at the convention of the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs. The wild turkey, which is the subject of this issue, offers an outstanding example of the conservation efforts carried on by Federal and State Governments at the time of this stamp's release. Wild turkeys, the largest and fastest of upland game birds, were restored to their original haunts in many eastern, southwestern, and middle western states, where they provide recreation to nature lovers, bird watchers, and sportsmen.
The stamp's central design features a wild turkey in flight against a sparsely wooded background. Across the top of the stamp is the wording "Wildlife Conservation" in dark, modified architectural Roman, and across the bottom "3c United States Postage 3c" in modified whiteface Roman. The wording "Wild Turkey," in dark Gothic, appears to the left of the stamp. The design was reproduced from a drawing by Bob Hines, an artist for the Fish and Wildlife Services and US Department of the Interior.
The stamp was printed by the rotary process, electric-eye perforated, and issued in panes of fifty stamps each. The printing of 120 million stamps was authorized.
Postal Bulletin (April 5, 1956)