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The Distinguished Americans series is a set of definitive stamps issued by the United States Postal Service which was started in 2000 with a 10¢ stamp depicting Joseph Stilwell.[1] The designs of the first nine issues are reminiscent of the earlier Great Americans series, but less austere. The first nine issues were done with black lines on a white background, but in 2008, with the James A. Michener issue (#10), the USPS added color toning. Like the Great Americans series, the first twelve issues measured 0.84 inches by 0.99 inches overall,[2] and were all designed by Mark Summers of Waterdown, Ontario.[3][4] In 2011, with the Oveta Culp Hobby stamp, the series went to a larger format with full color images, and colored backgrounds.[2][5]

The 2004 Rudolph stamp is the only one in the series to have been issued in both a sheet (pane) and booklet format.[6] Although both the 2001 Caraway issue and the 2002–2003 Ferber issues have perforation differences.[7]

The stamps issued in this series include the following (rank, date of issue, denomination, depicted person):[2][3]

  1. 2000, August 24. 10¢. General Joseph W. Stilwell.[1]
  2. 2000, September 7. 33¢. Senator Claude Pepper.
  3. 2001, February 21. 76¢. Senator Hattie W. Caraway.
  4. 2002, July 29. 83¢. Author Edna Ferber, reissued in 2003 with 11¼ x 11¼ perforations.
  5. 2004, July 14. 23¢. Athlete Wilma Rudolph.[8]
  6. 2006, March 9. 63¢. Medical Scientist Jonas Salk.
  7. 2006, March 9. 87¢. Virologist Albert Sabin.
  8. 2007, June 13. 58¢. Senator Margaret Chase Smith.[9]
  9. 2007, June 13. 75¢. Author Harriet Beecher Stowe.[10]
  10. 2008, May 12. 59¢. Author James A. Michener.[4]
  11. 2008, May 12. 76¢. Physician Edward Trudeau.[4]
  12. 2009, May 15. 78¢. Philanthropist Mary Lasker[11]
  13. 2011, April 15. 84¢, first-class mail, three-ounce rate stamp. Stateswoman Oveta Culp Hobby[5]
  14. 2012, April 26. Forever.[12] Actor José Ferrer[13]
  15. 2014, March 13. 70¢, first-class mail, two-ounce rate stamp. Black Aviator C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson[14]
  16. 2017, April 11 in Rochester, NY. 70¢, first-class mail, two-ounce rate stamp. Teacher, Pioneer of Deaf Studies Robert Panara[2][15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Wozniak, Maurice D., ed. (2001). Krause-Minkus Standard Catalog of U.S. Stamps. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. p. 166. ISBN 978-0-87349-321-5.
  2. ^ a b c d Baadke, Michael (17 March 2017). "Meet Robert Panara, the latest subject of a Distinguished Americans stamp". Linn's Stamp News. Archived from the original on 17 March 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b Batdorf, Lynn (2 February 2009). "Distinguished Americans Issue (2000-2012)". Arago (Smithsonian National Postal Museum). Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ a b c "Two American Legends Appearing on Stamps: The Postal Service Honors James Michener and Dr. Edward Trudeau" (PDF). United States Postal Service. 15 May 2008. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 April 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ a b "2011 USPS New Issues Calendar". Stamp News Now. Archived from the original on 27 January 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ See Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue volume 1, United States #3422 and #3436.
  7. ^ See Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue volume 1, United States #'s 3431, 3432, 3433, 3434.
  8. ^ "Stamp Announcement 04-22 Wilma Rudolph Definitive Stamp". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original on 14 April 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Stamp Announcement 07-18: Margaret Chase Smith". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original on 14 April 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ "Stamp Announcement 07-19: Harriet Beecher Stowe". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original on 14 April 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Stamp Announcement 09-26: Mary Lasker". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original on 14 April 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current first-class mail one-ounce rate. "Forever Stamps – Explanation, History, and Current Value". Stamp Collecting Spot. 16 June 2016. Archived from the original on 15 September 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ "2012 New U.S. Stamp Issues". American Philatelic Society. Archived from the original on 12 May 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ "Stamp Announcement 14-14: C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson Stamp". United States Postal Service. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  15. ^ "2017 New U.S. Stamp Issues". American Philatelic Society.
Preceded by
Great Americans series and Transportation coils
US Definitive postage stamps
since 2000
Succeeded by
not specified yet