Arago: 8-cent Winged Globe

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8-cent Winged Globe

The third Winged Globe airmail stamp was olive bister in color and issued September 26, 1932, (see also C12, 16, and 24). The 8-cent stamp paid the new airmail rate of eight-cents-per-ounce, effective earlier that year on July 6.

The only design changes were color and the denomination. Third Assistant Postmaster General F. A. Tilton notified A. W. Hall, director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, that the die and hub could be made from the 5-cent air mail die by drilling out the numeral "5” and then plugging and cutting in the numeral “8.” He requested die proofs in several different colors that would not conflict with airmail, special delivery, or special handling stamps already in use. He specifically requested a red that had been used on the 24-cent airmail stamp, a color that was rejected later.

The first day of issue in Washington, D.C., coincided with the laying of a cornerstone by President Herbert Hoover for a new post office building. It was also the 143rd anniversary of the establishment of the United States post office.


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