The Department issued this 3-cent stamp to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Laws, through the Washington, DC, post office on June 27, 1956. The stamp's central design was reproduced from a photograph of Harvey W. Wiley, a chemist whose leadership led to passage of the laws. The wording "United States Postage" is arranged in one line across the top of the stamp with the denomination "3c" directly beneath on the left side. The name "Harvey W. Wiley," arranged in two lines, appears to the left of the portrait. A dark panel at the bottom of the stamp features the wording "50th Anniversary Pure Food and Drug Laws," arranged in two lines. All lettering is in whiteface Gothic. It was designed by Robert L. Miller.
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 (May 29, 1956)