9¢ salmon red, deep salmon red
Printing Method: FLAT PLATE
Subject: Benjamin Franklin
Number issued: 33,000,0000
Watermark: Single line USPS wmk
Scott #: 432
Issued: October 6, 1914
$2 - $5
No postmark with gum (MH)
$20 - $45
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
$55 - $75
This denomination was issued especially for use on parcel post packages, after the discontinuance of the distinctive stamps used for this service.
The watermark consists of single lined USPS letters. A stamp may show only part of a letter or letters
Bureau of Engraving, Washington DC, Men printing sheets and women checking them in the stamp print room
Men working machinery at the Bureau of Engraving
The perf. 12 sheets having been found too brittle in handling, a reduction in the number of perforations was made which left more uncut space between the stamps and tended to strengthen the sheets. This produced a new variety, the perf. 10.
In spite of this change, which must have been quite obvious to philatelists, this second variety was largely overlooked and though current for a little over two years is almost as desirable as the previous variety.
#432 was issued with the following plate #'s
6901-05, 07, 15
The earliest known use of #432, February 25th, 1915
Small die proof printed for the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915, post office exhibit