5¢ - Light blue, blue, bright blue, deep blue
Printing Method: ROTARY PRESS
Subject: Theodore Roosevelt
Number issued: 431,983,000
Scott #: 586
Issued: April 4th, 1925
No postmark with gum (MH)
$2 - $5
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
$9 - $19
The following plate numbers were used for #586:
18418-19, 41-44, 59-60
A first day cover of #586, April 4th, 1925
A sheet of 100 stamps
The source photograph by photographers Harris & Ewing
Specimen with original photograph
The engravers of the Bureau had considerable trouble over the portrait of the former President which is after a photograph by Harris and Ewing. It was considered by them to be the most difficult portrait they had engraved.
The engravers placed the chord for his spectacles on the right side of his face. Roosevelt wore the chord on his left side, shown in the original photo, as he was left handed. The engravers found that by faithfully copying the photograph with the dark background in the photo Teddy looked decidedly one dimensional. This meant shading the right side of his face which then dissolved into the dark background. In the end giving Roosevelts head a light background ended their dilemma.
Roosevelt was chosen by the Bureau as the 5¢ stamp was the most frequently seen worldwide as 5¢ was the standard rate for foreign mail.