1922 10 Cent Ben Franklin Orange Yellow San Francisco Old Oval Postmark

Catalog #497

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Nice rare key stamp for your collection, not the finest centering and it seems sort of wrinkled, but this is a fairly rare stamp...so priced accordingly.

U.S. #497
1916-22 10¢ Franklin

Issue Date: January 31, 1922
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Watermark: None
Perforation: 10 vertically
Color: Orange yellow
U.S. #497 marked the last time a “Franklin head” stamp was used for the 10¢ denomination. Franklin (and Washington) “heads” referred to the approximately 350 stamps issued between 1908 and 1922 that featured an image of George Washington or Ben Franklin. They were also referred to as “Third Bureau Issues.” The stamp paid the domestic registered mail fee.
First Unwatermarked U.S. Stamps

In 1916, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing began producing stamps on unwatermarked paper. With the United States already close to a wartime economy as World War I raged in Europe, the lower cost of single mark paper added up to big savings for the Bureau. However, single watermarks on previous stamps were often quite hard to identify, and collectors were slow to recognize that a new type of paper was being used.

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