United States Postage Stamps: 1934

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United States Postage Stamps: 1934

Thirteen United States postage stamps and three souvenir sheets were issued in 1934.  As the country slowly recovered from the Great Depression, the post office was doing the same.  The amount of mail sent in America had dropped by 20% since 1930, and the post office had closed over 3000 post office branches throughout the country.  Even after this, they were losing money.  Postmaster General James Farley increased the number of commemoratives and souvenir sheets produced partially to raise additional funds.  Stamps that were purchased by the public, but not used, were highly profitable to the Post Office.  In addition to the stamps and souvenir sheets issued, a number of variations including full imperforate sheets were released in 1935.  Although interesting, these “Farley’s Follies” stamps were not popular with stamp collectors due to the cost of completing their collections and this practice was discontinued.

Despite the controversy regarding the 1934 issues, some of the finest United States stamp designs came out that year.  Three nice, but unremarkable stamps were issued, the 300th anniversary of the founding of Maryland, Mother’s in America and the 300th anniversary of the discovery of Wisconsin by Europeans.  The other ten stamps were the striking National Parks set that included ten stamps of different denominations each featuring a different national park.  In addition to the ten stamps, two souvenir sheets of six stamps each were issued.  A third souvenir sheet in a similar format featuring 1933’s Byrd Antarctic Expedition stamp was also issued in 1934.

Byrd Antarctic Expedition II Souvenir Sheet

Maryland Tercentenary

Whistler's Mother / Mothers in America

Wisconsin Tercentenary

Yosemite National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Acadia National Park

Zion National Park

Glacier National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 


US Postage Stamps
1934


Byrd Antarctic Expedition Souvenir Sheet
Maryland Tercentenary
Whistler's Mother / Mothers in America
Wisconsin Tercentenary
Yosemite National Park
Grand Canyon National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Acadia National Park

Zion National Park

Glacier National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park