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Designs of the 1954 Series - The Liberty Issue
Wet Vs Dry Printing Methods
Bureau of Engraving and printing rotary press printings (unless otherwise noted), electric eye plates of 400, split into panes of 100 stamps
Design size Portrait Stamps: .75 x .82 inches (about 19 x 20.8mm) Landscape Stamps: .82 x .75 in. (about 20.8 x 19mm), unless noted otherwise

  1/2¢ Benjamin Franklin Red Orange

Designer: Charles R. Chickering Engravers: Charles A. Brooks Lettering: Robert J. Jones     

Scott FDC Printing Method Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1030a 10/20/1955 sheet stamp - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1030 May 1958 sheet stamp - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
  1¢ George Washington Dark Green

Designer: C. R. Chickering Vignette: Richard M. Bower Frame: C. A. Brooks Lettering: John S. Edmondson   

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1031b 8/26/1954 sheet stamp - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1031 --- sheet stamp - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none vert. and horiz. gutter pairs
1054c 10/8/1954 wet printing coil - large holes 10 vert. none joint line pair
1054 Aug. 1957 dry printing coil - large holes 10 vert. none joint line pair
1054 Feb. 1960 dry printing coil - small holes 10 vert. none joint line pair
1054b --- imperforate coil pair imperf. none ---
  1.25¢ Palace of the Governors - Turquoise

Designer: Tyler Dingee & William Schrage Engravers: Matthew D. Fenton Lettering: George L. Huber  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1031A 6/17/1960 sheet stamp - dry printing only 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1054A 6/17/1960 coil stamp - small holes 10 horiz. none joint line pair
1054A --- coil stamp - large holes 10 horiz. none joint line pair
1054Ad --- imperforate coil stamp --- none ---
  1.5¢ Mount Vernon Brown Carmine 

Designer: William K. Schrage Engravers: C. A. Brooks Lettering: John S. Edmondson    

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1032 2/22/1956 sheet stamp - dry printing only 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
 2¢ Thomas Jefferson Carmine Rose

Designer: Charles R. Chickering  Engravers: C. A. Brooks Lettering: George A. Payne      

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1033 9/15/1954 sheet stamp - dry printing only 11 x 10.5 none PB; vert. and horiz. gutter pairs
1033a Dec. 1954 sheet stamp - Silkote paper 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1055d 10/22/1954 coil - wet printing - large holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1055 May 1957 coil - dry printing - large holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1055 Aug. 1961 coil - dry printing - small holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1055a 5/6/1968 coil - dry printing - small holes perf 10 vert. tagged; shiny gum joint line pair
1055b --- imperf. coil pair - Riverdale, MD pre-cancel none joint line pair
1055c --- imperforate coil pair; tagged; shiny gum tagged; shiny gum joint line pair
 2.5¢ Bunker Hill Gray Blue

Designer: Robert L. Miller  Engravers: Arthur W. Dintaman Lettering: John S. Edmondson      

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1034 6/17/1959 sheet stamp - dry printing only 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1056 9/9/1959 sidewise coil stamp - large holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1056 Jan. 1961 sidewise coil stamp - small holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
  3¢ Statue of Liberty Deep Violet

  Designer: Charles R. Chickering   Engravers: Richard M. Bower Lettering: George L. Huber     

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1035e 6/24/1954 sheet stamp - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1035a 6/30/1954 booklet (pane of 6) - wet 11 x 10.5 none ---
1035g --- booklet pane; imperf. between - wet 11 x 10.5 none ---
1035 --- sheet stamp - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none PB; vert. & horiz. gutter pairs
1035b 7/6/1966 sheet stamp - dry printing 11 x 10.5 tagged; shiny gum plate number block (4)
1035c --- imperforate pair (~18.75 x 22.5mm) imperf. none ---
1035d --- horiz. pair imperf. between 11 x 10.5 none ---
1035f --- booklet (pane of 6) - dry 11 x 10.5 none ---
--- ~7/6/1956 booklet (pane of 6) - dry 11 x 10.5 tagged  ---
1057c 7/20/1954 coil - wet printing - large holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1057c Jan. 1961 coil - wet printing - small holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1057 Oct. 1956 coil - dry printing - large holes perf 10 vert. none gripper cracks; joint line pair
1057 Mar. 1958 coil - dry printing - small holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1057a --- imperforate pair (~19.5 x 22mm) imperf. none joint line pair
1057d Oct. 1966 Look magazine coil (dry, small)  perf 10 vert. tagged (no fluorescence) joint line pair
1057b 6/26/1967 "Look" coil; philatelic printing perf 10 vert. tagged (slightly fluorescent) joint line pair
  4¢ Abraham Lincoln Red Violet

Designer: Charles R. Chickering  Vignette: Richard M. Bower Frame: C. A. Brooks Lettering: J. S. Edmondson    

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1036c 11/19/1954 sheet stamp - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1036 --- sheet stamp - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none PB; vert. and horiz. gutter pairs
1036b 11/2/1963 sheet stamp - dry printing 11 x 10.5 tagged  plate number block (4)
1036a 7/31/1958 booklet (pane of 6) - dry 11 x 10.5 none ---
1036d --- booklet pane; imperf. between - dry 11 x 10.5 none ---
1036e --- horiz. pair imperf. between (booklet pane/dry) none ---
1058b

coil - wet printing - large holes - not issued w/o pre-cancel

none joint line pair
1058 7/31/1958 coil - dry printing - large holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1058 --- coil - dry printing - small holes perf 10 vert. none joint line pair
1058a --- imperf. coil pair; dry; small holes imperf. none joint line pair
  4.5¢ Hermitage Blue Green

Designer: Charles R. Chickering   Engravers: Matthew D. Fenton Lettering: George A. Payne     

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1037 3/16/1959 sheet stamp - dry printing 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1059 5/1/1959 coil - dry printing - large holes perf 10 horiz. none joint line pair
1059 --- coil - dry printing - small holes perf 10 horiz. none joint line pair
  5¢ James Monroe Deep Blue 

Designer: C. R. Chickering  Vignette: A. W. Dintaman Frame: C. A. Brooks Lettering: J. S. Edmondson     

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1038 12/2/1954 sheet stamp - dry printing only 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4);
horizontal gutter pair (pair with full vertical gutter between) 
  6¢ Theodore Roosevelt Carmine

Designers: Victor S. McCloskey & C. Chickering  Vignette: M. Fenton Frame: C.  Brooks Lettering: G. Payne 

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1039a 11/18/1955 sheet stamp - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1039 --- sheet stamp - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1039b --- imperforate block of 4 imperf. none ---
  7¢ Woodrow Wilson Rose Carmine 

  Designer: Charles R. Chickering  Vignette: Richard M. Bower Frame: C. A. Brooks Lettering: Robert J, Jones     

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1040 1/10/1956 sheet stamp - dry printing only 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1040a --- Dark Rose Carmine
sheet stamp - dry printing
11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
  8¢ Statue of Liberty Dark Violet Blue & Carmine 

Designer: C. Chickering  Vignette: M. Fenton Frame: C. Brooks Lettering: J. Edmondson     

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1041 4/9/1954
(this was the 1st Liberty Issue stamp)
flat plate dry printing
size: about 22.7mm high
11 x 11 none plate block (4) 2 plate numbers; 
plate block, red # only;
plate block blue # only 
1041a --- carmine double impression 11 x 11 none ---
1041B 4/9/1954 rotary press dry printing
size: 22.9mm high
(slightly taller)
11 x 11 none plate block (4) 2 plate numbers, one red and one blue
  8¢ Statue of Liberty Redrawn Design

Designer: C. Chickering  Vignette & Frame: M. Fenton Lettering: Howard F. Sharpless     

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1042 3/22/1958 Giori press
size: about 22.8mm high
11 x 11 none plate number block (4);
note: there is only one plate number, since the Giori press printed both colors in one pass and only one plate was needed
  8¢ General John J. Pershing Brown

Designer: Robert J. Jones   Vignette & Frame: Matthew D. Fenton Lettering: George A. Payne    

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1042A 11/17/1961 rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
  9¢ Alamo Rose Lilac

Designer: Charles Chickering   Vignette: Richard M. Bower Lettering: Howard F. Sharpless    

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1043 9/14/1956 rotary press dry printing 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1043a --- dark rose lilac;
rotary press dry printing
10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
 10¢ Independence Hall Rose Lake

Designer: Charles R. Chickering Engravers: Charles A. Brooks Lettering: George L. Huber     

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1044 7/4/1956 rotary press dry printing 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1044b --- dark rose lake;
rotary press dry printing
10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1044d 7/6/1966 rotary press dry printing 10.5 x 11 tagged plate number block (4)
 11¢ Statue of Liberty Carmine & Dark Violet Blue 

Designer: C. Chickering  Vignette & Frame: M. Fenton Lettering: Howard F. Sharpless      

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1044A 6/15/1961 Giori press 11 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1044Ac 1/11/1967 Giori press 11 x 11 tagged plate number block (4)
 12¢ Benjamin Harrison Red

Designer: Victor S. McCloskey   Vignette: Richard M. Bower Lettering: Charles A. Smith      

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1045 6/6/1959 rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1045a (1968) rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 tagged plate number block (4)
 15¢ John Jay Rose Lake 

Designers: V. S. McCloskey & C. Chickering  Vignette: A. W. Dintaman Lettering: George A. Payne  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1046 12/12/1958 rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1046a 7/6/1966 rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 tagged plate number block (4)
 20¢ Monticello Ultramarine

Designer: William K. Schrage Vignette: C. A. Brooks Lettering: J. S. Edmondson     

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1047 7/13/1956 rotary press dry printing 10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
1047a --- deep bright ultramarine
rotary press dry printing
10.5 x 11 none plate number block (4)
 25¢ Paul Revere Green

Designers: V. S. McCloskey & C. Chickering  Vignette:  R. M. Bower Lettering: J. S. Edmondson     

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1048 4/18/1958 rotary press dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1059A 2/25/1965 rotary press coil dry printing 10 vert. none joint line pair
1059Ab 4/3/1973 rotary press coil dry printing 10 vert. tagged/shiny gum joint line pair
1059Ab (1980) rotary press coil dry printing 10 vert. tagged/dull gum joint line pair
1059Ac --- imperforate rotary coil pair imperf. none joint line pair
 30¢ Robert E. Lee Black

Designers: V. S. McCloskey & C. Chickering   Vignette: M. Fenton Frame: C. Brooks Lettering: R. Jones   

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1049a 9/21/1955 rotary press - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1049 (June 1957) rotary press - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1049b --- intense black; 
harder, whiter paper;
rotary press - dry printing
11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
 40¢ John Marshall Brown Red

Designers: W. K. Schrage & C. Chickering Vignette: R. Bower Frame: C. Brooks Lettering: J. Edmondson    

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1050a 9/24/1955 rotary press - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1050 (Apr. 1958) rotary press - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
 50¢ Susan B. Anthony Bright Purple

Designers: Charles R. Chickering Vignette and Frame: Charles A. Brooks Lettering: John S. Edmondson    

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1051a 8/25/1955 rotary press - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none cracked plate;
plate number block (4)
1051 (Apr. 1958) rotary press - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
 $1 Patrick Henry Purple 

Designers: V. McCloskey & C. Chickering Vignette: A. Dintaman Frame: C. Brooks Lettering: J. Edmondson  

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1052a 10/7/1955 rotary press - wet printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
1052 (Oct. 1958) rotary press - dry printing 11 x 10.5 none plate number block (4)
 $5 Alexander Hamilton Black  

Designers: V. McCloskey & C. Chickering Vignette and Frame: C. Brooks Lettering: J. Edmondson . 

Scott FDC Type Perforation Tagging Collectible Varieties Usage
1053 3/19/1956 flat plate - dry printing 11 x 11 none plate number block (4)


Bibliography and suggested additional reading:

Basic Information: 


The Liberty Series, by Ken Lawrence and Tony Wawrukiewicz (2007)

Ordinary Postage Stamps - Series of 1954, by Sol Glass, in a series of articles in the Bureau Specialist in the late 1950's

The Encyclopedia of United States Stamps and Stamp Collecting edited by Rodney A. Juell & Steven J. Rod - USSS (2006)

Scott's United States Stamp Catalogue Specialized  - 1949, Scott Publications, Inc.

Websites of interest to the Liberty Issue collector: 
USSS Liberty Series Committee headed by Roland Austin.


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