The Department issued this 3-cent Washington Territory commemorative stamp through the Olympia, Washington, post office on March 2, 1953. The stamp portrays an early pioneer family gazing at a typical territorial scene embracing an expanse of water with mountain ranges rising in the distance.
A centennial seal portraying a covered wagon drawn by oxen with a Native American seated in the foreground obscures the left portion of the view. Below the seal are depicted some of the products for which Washington has become economically important. Across the upper right portion of the stamp appear the words "Washington Territory" in dark Roman and under it, "Organized March 2, 1853," in smaller dark Gothic lettering. The wording "United States Postage" and denomination designation "3c" appears in a shaded panel across the bottom of the stamp printed in whiteface modified Roman.
This stamp was printed by the rotary process, electric-eye perforated, and issued in panes of fifty stamps each. An initial printing of 110 million copies of this stamp was authorized.
Postal Bulletin (February 12, 1953)