Arago: 17-cent Wilson

17-cent Wilson

Like the 13-cent stamp, the 17-cent stamp was an afterthought, not included in the Series of 1922 as originally conceived. President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), who had died the previous year, appears on the 17-cent stamp. Issued on December 28, 1926, the stamp can be considered a memorial to Wilson. Since the registration fee had recently increased to fifteen cents, it conveniently paid the combined first-class postage and registration fee.

President Wilson’s widow provided the photograph which designer Clair Aubrey Houston used as the basis for the vignette. It is believed to have been taken during Wilson’s second term. John Eissler engraved the die for the vignette. Edward M. Hall and Joachim C. Benzing engraved the frame.

The stamp, originally printed on the flat plate press, was later printed on the Stickney rotary press. It was issued both in Washington, D.C., and in Wilson’s birthplace, Staunton, Virginia.

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