The Department issued a 3-cent National Guard commemorative stamp through the Washington, DC, post office on February 23, 1953.
The stamp is 0.84 by 1.44 inches in dimensions, arranged horizontally with a double outline frame, printed by the rotary process, electric-eye perforated, and issued in sheets of fifty. The stamp's color is blue. An initial printing order of 110,000,000 stamps was authorized.
The stamp's central design depicts a national guardsman ready for action. In the background scene to the left, the wartime activities of the US Army and Air National Guard are portrayed by an amphibious landing with air cover. The Guard's traditional peacetime role of protecting life and property in time of local disaster is shown in the background scene to the right. Across the top of the stamp appears the wording, "The National Guard of the US." Immediately below appear the words "In War," and to the right "In Peace." All appear in dark architectural Roman. In an ornamental ribbon across the bottom of the stamp is the wording, "The Oldest Military Organization in the US" in dark architectural Roman the word "Postage" and the denomination "3c" in whiteface Gothic.
Postal Bulletin (January 15, 1953).