The Post Office Department issued the first 13-cent Washington stamp of the Third Bureau Issue in January 1909. By its last printing, the 13-cent Washington had gone through two renditions. A variety of papers, coils, watermarks, and perforations differentiated the versions. The rarest 13-cent Washington was the Bluish Paper issue, released in 1909.
Given World War I rates, the 13-cent Washington could have paid domestic registered mail fees and the first class rate. Patrons also commonly used it with other denominations to fulfill large weight and foreign destination rates. By the time the last 13-cent Washington stamps were sold, more than 2.9 million had been issued.