Fourth Bureau issue

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The Fourth Bureau Issue, also known as the Series of 1922, was a definitive series of postage stamps issued by the United States between 1922 and 1938. The series comprises 27 different designs with denominations ranging from one-half-cent to 5 dollars. The designs featured past presidents, prominent Americans, architectural landmarks, and icons of American culture.

The first issue of the series, featuring president Rutherford Hayes, was released on 4 October 1922, the 100th anniversary of Hayes's birth, in his hometown of Fremont, Ohio. This was the first instance of the USPS issuing new stamps on a specific day and in a specific city. Collectors regard the First Day Covers of this stamp as the beginning of modern First Day Cover collecting.

The Fourth Bureau Issue stamps were produced during a period of modernization and rapid change within the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The long production life of the series resulted in stamps that were produced on both the older flat plate printing press as well as the new rotary printing press. The series includes numerous variations of color shades, perforation differences, security overprints, precancels, commemorative overprints, plate errors, and other distinguishing factors of interest to collectors.

Individual Stamp Designs[edit]

Design Image
½¢ Nathan Hale Nathan Hale
Ben Franklin Image
1½¢ Warren Harding profile Image
1½¢ Warren Harding portrait Image
George Washington Image
Abraham Lincoln Image
Martha Washington Image
Howard Taft Image
Theodore Roosevelt Image
James Garfield Image
William McKinley Image
Ulysses Grant Image
Thomas Jefferson Image
10¢ James Monroe Image
11¢ Rutherford Hayes Image
12¢ Grover Cleveland Image
13¢ Benjamin Harrison Image
14¢ American Indian Image
15¢ Statue of Liberty Image
17¢ Woodrow Wilson Image
20¢ Golden Gate Image
25¢ Niagara Falls Image
30¢ American Buffalo Image
50¢ Arlington Amphitheater Image
$1 Lincoln Memorial Image
$2 United States Capitol Image
$5 Head of Freedom Statue Image

Flat Plate issues of 1922-1925[edit]

Rotary issues of 1922-1928[edit]

  • Precanceling
  • Gum Breakers

Imperforates and coil issues[edit]

Overprints[edit]

Errors[edit]

References[edit]

  • United States Postage Stamps 1902-1935 by Max G. Johl
  • Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps
  • Gary Griffith - United States Stamps 1922–26 from Linn's

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