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THE PREXIES

The 1938 Presidential series of definitive stamps of the United States

The Prexies were introduced as the definitive series of stamps in the United States in 1938. Each of the integral values from one cent to twenty-two cents featured the picture of one of the first twenty-two Presidents, in order. The twenty-second President, Grover Cleveland, was also the twenty-fourth President, and there was no need for a twenty-three cent stamp, so the remaining Presidents were commemorated in order on twenty-four, twenty-five, thirty and fifty-cent issues, plus one, two and five-dollar stamps.

One-half, one-and-one-half and four-and-one-half-cent stamps featured the likenesses of Benjamin Franklin, Martha Washington and the White House.

The Prexies served as the definitive stamps in the United States until they were replaced piecemeal in the 1950's by the Liberty series.

This website illustrates each denomination and provides production data as well as information concerning principal solo uses. Covers demonstrating solo uses are shown where available. Another section shows selected covers with combinations or multiples of denominations.

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Bibliography

The Prexies, Roland Rustad, Bureau Issues Association, 1994
U.S. Domestic Postal Rates, 1872-1999, Revised Second Edition, Henry W. Beecher and Anthony S. Wawrukiewicz, Cama Publishing Company, 1999
U.S. International Postal Rates, 1872-1996, Anthony S. Wawrukiewicz and Henry Beecher, Cama Publishing Company, 1996
United States Specialist, Journal of the United States Stamp Society (formerly Bureau Issues Association), issues from July, 1999 through February, 2002
Prexie Postal History, Second Edition, edited by Richard W. Helbock, LaPosta Publications, 2003

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This site was authored by Bob Hohertz. I can be reached using this e-mail link.

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