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Good old President Stamp for your collection. This one has been lightly cancelled "MARSH"
1926-28 Rotary Stamps
6¢ James A. Garfield
First Day of Issue: July 27, 1927
First City: Washington, D.C.
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforation: 11 x 10 ½
Color: Red orange
The portrait of James A. Garfield on this stamp came from an artotype (an early kind of photograph) taken by Edward Bierstadt. (Edward’s brother, Albert, was a famous painter who was later honored on U.S. #4346.) Few photographs were taken of Garfield, as he was shot by an upset office-seeker just four months into his term in office. He died 80 days later, on September 19, 1881.
This Garfield stamp was not commonly used when it was first issued. However, when the first class letter rate changed to 3¢ in 1932, it was commonly used to pay the double-weight letter rate. Its use increased again two years later when the Airmail rate was reduced from 8¢ to 6¢.