1947 Centenial of US Postage Stamps Issue

Issued to honor the Centenary International Postage Stamp Exhibition (CIPEX) held in New York, NY, USA, the 100th anniversary of Liberian independence and the 100th anniversary of the first postage stamp of USA.

Regular stamp: 300

Air mail stamps: C54-6

Air mail souvenir sheet: C56a

Details

Issue date June 6, 19471
Designer
Printing method Engraved
Printer E. A. Wright Bank Note Company
Paper Unwatermarked
Perforation 12½
Sheet size 20 (4x5)
Subjects First U.S. Postage Stamps and the Arms of Liberia
Number printed 5c - 130,000; 12c - 50,000; 25c - 50,000; 50c - 30,000[1]

Specimens, Proofs and Essays

According to Franklin Bruns Jr., specimens exist overprinted "Specimen" in solid red letters horizontally about 1/8th inch below the top of the stamp but I have never seen these. Below are the common variety of specimens for this issue.

First day covers

According to Franklin Bruns Jr., special first day covers from Monrovia were prepared with the wording "First Day Issue / Liberia Centennial Stamp / June 6, 1947 / Monrovia, Liberia" in four lines in the upper left corner of each envelope. These appear to have been prepared for favored Liberians only and none were made available to the Liberian Philatelic Agency despite repeated requests.

Varieties

  • Imperforate

Further reading

  • "Liberia shows first U.S. stamps" / p. 10 / Journal of the Liberian Philatelic Society / Oct-Dec 2006
  • "The Cipex Issue of Liberia" / pp. 53-8 / Collector's Club Philatelist / Bruns, Franklin R., Jr. / Apr 1948 / 27:2
  • "Airs of the Month" / p. 336 / The Airpost Journal / Blank, Alton J. / May 1947
  • "Burbles…" / p. 60 / The Airpost Journal / Blank, Alton J. / Nov 1947

Notes

References

1. "The Cipex Issue of Liberia" / pp. 53-8 / Collector's Club Philatelist / Bruns, Franklin R., Jr. / Apr 1948 / 27:2

See also

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