9¢ Salmon red
Printing Method: Flat Plate
Subject: Benjamin Franklin
Number issued: 665,000
Scott #: 471
Issued: July, 1916
$4 - $9
No postmark with gum (MH)
$17 - $45
Full perfect gum, no postmark
no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH)
$80 - $200
This denomination was issued especially for use on parcel post packages, after the discontinuance of the distinctive stamps used for this service.
The earliest known date of use, August 6th, 1916
1917 Outside the main Post Office, US Liberty Bond mail bags
Woman mail carrier in 1917
During the World War I questions of economy were paramount and the Bureau finding that unwatermarked paper could be bought at considerable saving specified this for their contracts effective July 1, 1916. On August 22 this new paper was first used.
While these stamps were current, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing made the first experimental precanceled stamps. These were prepared for Augusta, Me., New Orleans, La., and Springfield, Mass.
While these stamps were current, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing made the first experimental precanceled stamps. An example of precancel is shown above. Almost all precancels have a solid line above and below the location name.
#471 was issued with the following plate #'s
6901-05, 07, 15