1½¢ - Brown
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Subject: Warren Harding
Number issued: Not Known
Perforations: 10 vertical
Scott #: 686
Issued: December 1st, 1930
No postmark with gum (MH)
25¢ - 50¢
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
$1 - 2.25
multiply by three for line pairs
An example of a joint line of #686. The word 'line' in 'joint line' refers to the line down the middle of the perforations in the middle of a pair stamps. This only occurs when two strips of 17 stamps join. They sell for triple the value of pairs without this line.
The previous design of the Harding stamp, shown on the top row showed Harding in profile, and was not that pleasing. The design was changed to portrait, in line with other lower values and as you can see is a much more attractive design.
The source photograph of the vignette was the above photograph of Warren Harding taken by Edmonston in Washington DC.
A first day cover of #686, dated December 1st, 1930