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Promoted item:US 206 1c Franklin Used w/ Star Fancy Cancel

US 206 1c Franklin Used w/ Star Fancy Cancel

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About Franklin Stamp

At the turn of the 20th century, the U.S. government put out over 11 billion issuances of a one-cent stamp honoring Benjamin Franklin. Why did the Postal Service press so many of these stamps? A surge of interest in postcards apparently forced the government's hand. No one knows quite why postcards suddenly became all the rage at the time, but speculations among stamp historians abound.The sheer volume of stamp printing actually affected the engraving machines used to churn out the one-cent Franklin stamps. During the initial runs, the machines produced stamps with an apple green color. Two years later, these machines were printing out deep olive-green stamps. In the wake of the success of Franklin stamps, the post office developed a new distribution system and permanently changed rates.The Franklin stamp experience also led to reformations in postcarding. Regulations allowed postcards to explicitly carry a ''space'' for stamps. While Franklin stamps were by and large used on domestic postcards, some people employed them to send small packages overseas. Franklin stamps were also mixed with stamps of other denominations.Despite the mass printing of Franklin stamps, few proof originals remain intact to this day. Philatelists enjoy collecting Franklin stamps not just because these stamps occupy a unique place in U.S. postal history but also because they display ornate, All-American designs. Get to know the grading system of Franklin stamps before you invest in pieces at auction.