Issued on January 29, 1909, the 1-dollar Washington Head stamp was the last of the first issue of Washington-Franklin stamps to appear. The Post Office Department originally intended to print this stamp in a shade called 'pink'—actually a dark rose shade—and 'pink' proofs of the stamp exist. It was decided, however, that the shade resembled the color of the current 2-cent stamps too closely, and so the Bureau printed the stamp as violet brown. The stamp was current for more than three years and probably was intended for use on heavy items. That the stamp is difficult to find suggests low demand. Postmasters received 313,590 copies of the stamp.