The 10¢ Andrew Jackson (1767 – 1845) stamp honors the seventh president of the United States. Jackson won fame for his military victory at the battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. Popular with the masses because of his “log cabin” beginnings, Jackson was a deft politician who created the Democratic party, the first modern political party in our nation’s history.
Jackson’s persona as a man of the people can best stated in his own words: “Every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and to potent more powerful, the humble members of society–the farmers, mechanics, and laborers–who have neither the time nor the means of securing the favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their government.”
The 10¢ lilac Jackson stamp was issued in Hermitage, Tennessee on Mar. 17, 1967, the 200th anniversary of Jackson’s birth. The stamp was produced in sheet format printed from plates of 400 and sold in panes of 100 stamps with gauge 11 x 10.5 perforations. The stamp, designed by Lester Beall was based on a portrait by Thomas Sully which hangs in the National Gallery of Art. The engravers were Arthur W. Dintaman (vignette) and Howard F. Sharpless (lettering).
The 10¢ Jackson stamp paid a variety of rates and services including the 10¢ domestic air mail letter, the return receipt fee and later the domestic first class letter rate, the third class single per 2 oz and foreign surface post card rates. The stamp was frequently used as multiples and in combination with other denominations to cover existing rates.