Series of 1869 (march 1, 1869 – april 9, 1970)

The sizes of these stamps vary from the 13/16 of an inch circle on the 1-cent to 13/16 by 27/32 of an inch in dimension.

The designs were furnished by the National Bank Note Co. of New York with their bid, upon which contract was entered into on the 12th of December, 1868.

One-cent — head of Franklin, after bust by Houdon, looking to the left, surrounded by a circle of pearls; “U. S. postage” on a curved tablet at top, “One cent” on two similar tablets at bottom, with the numeral “1” in a small panel between the words. Color, Roman ocher.

Two-cent — post horse and rider, facing to left surrounded by ornamental scroll work; “United States postage” on a fringed curtain at top, “Two cents” on a scroll at bottom, with large numeral “2” between the words. Color, light brown.

US postage stamps Series of 1869

Three-cent — locomotive, heading right, surrounded by ornamental scroll work; “United States postage” on a curved and a horizontal tablet at top; “Three cents” on wide curved tablets at bottom, with large numeral “3” between the words. Color, ultramarine blue.

Six-cent — head of Washington, after Stuart’s painting, three-quarter face, looking to right: frame square, tessellated near the corners, with a circular opening, lined with pearls; “U. S.” in upper left and right corners of frame, respectively; the word “Postage” in upper bar of frame; “Six cents” in lower, with the large numeral “6” between
the words, and “United States” on each side. Color, ultramarine blue.

Ten-cent — shield, on which is resting an eagle with outspread wings, eagle looking to left; “United States Postage” in upper section of shield with the number “10” below and the words “Ten cents” in a scroll at bottom: the whole design surmounted by 13 stars arranged in a semicircle. Color, orange.

Twelve-cent — ocean steamship, the S.S. Adriatic, surrounded by ornamental scroll work; “United States postage” at top; “Twelve cents” at bottom, with large numeral “12” between the words. Color, milori green.

Fifteen-cent — landing of Columbus, after the painting by Vanderlyn in the Capitol at Washington, ornamental scroll work at top and bottom; “U. S. postage” at top; “Fifteen cents” at bottom, with numeral “15” underneath. Colors: Picture, Prussian blue: scroll and ornamental work, light brown.

Twenty-four-cent — declaration of Independence, after the painting by Trumbull in the Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.; ornamental and scroll work at top and bottom : “U” and “S” surrounded by circles at upper left and right corners, respectively; the word “Postage” between the two;’Twenty-four cents” in scroll at bottom, with
numeral “24” underneath. Colors: The picture, purple lake: scroll and ornamental work, light milori green.

Thirty-cent — eagle, facing to left with outspread wings, resting on shield, with flags grouped on either side; the words “United States postage” in upper section of shield; the numeral “30” in lower; the words “Thirty cents” across the bottom; 13 stars arranged in semicircle at top of design. Colors: Eagleand shield, carmine; flags and other parts,
blue.

Ninety-cent — head of Lincoln, from a photograph, in an ellipse, three-quarters face, looking to right, surrounded by ornamental and scroll work; numeral “90” at each of the upper corners; “U. S. postage” at top; “Ninety” and “Cents” in scroll at lower left and right corners of medallion, respectively; “U” and “S” in Old English text at lower left and right corners of stamp, respectively. Colors: Portrait in black; surrounding ornamental and scroll work, carmine.