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Eagle Stamp Issue

6c Eagle President Franklin D. Roosevelt sketch

Scott Catalogue USA: C23
Description:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's original design for the 1938 airmail postage stamp with the annotation: "red border, blue eagle, white background ... Franklin D. Roosevelt, fecit." The designer at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing reworked the eagle and wording but as indicated by FDR's hand-written "fecit," this was the one postage stamp design that the president felt he had created from scratch and for which he took credit as the designer.

The red and blue bicolor stamp featuring the American eagle helped distinguish airmail letters from regular mail. The first day of issue coincided with National Air Mail Week, a nationwide campaign to promote the use of airmail.

References:

Baur, Brian C. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Stamps of the United States 1933-45. Sidney, OH: Linn’s Stamp News, 1993.

Baur, Brian C. Franklin D. Roosevelt: The Stamp-Collecting President. Sidney, OH: Linn’s Stamp News, 1999.

Date:
1938
Markings:
Written in pencil on center right side: "red border / blue eagle / white background"; Written in pencil in lower right corner: "Franklin D. Roosevelt / fecit"
Medium:
paper (ruled); graphite
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 3 x 5 in. (7.62 x 12.7 cm)
Museum ID:
0.209045.13
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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