The Department issued this 3-cent Ohio Statehood commemorative stamp through the Chillicothe, Ohio, post office on March 2, 1953. The stamp's central design is an outline of the state of Ohio, which provides a flat-toned background for Ohio's Great Seal.
Defining each side of the stamp are two dark, vertical panels, enclosing a row of eight stars in each panel, representing the sixteen states prior to the admission of Ohio into the Union. The seventeenth star, representing Ohio, appears in the top center, directly over the top border of the state. A buckeye leaf is shown in the lower left corner. The wording "Ohio Sesquicentennial" in dark modified Gothic forms the top of the stamp. Between the central motif and the border panels are "1803" on the left, and "1953" on the right, arranged vertically in dark modified Roman. The denomination "3c" is located in the lower left corner. The wording "United States Postage," in whiteface Gothic, appears in a dark panel which forms the bottom of the stamp.
This stamp was printed by the rotary process, electric-eye perforated, and issued in panes of seventy stamps each. An initial printing of 112 million of this stamp was authorized.
Reference: Postal Bulletin (February 3, 1953).