A souvenir sheet or miniature sheet is a small group of postage stamps
still attached to the sheet on which they were printed.
1932 Washington Bicentennial
The 1932 Washington Bicentennial are postage stamps issued by the
United States government in 1932 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of
President George Washington's birth. Twelve stamps were issued as a
collection, with each one depicting the President in a different period in his
The series was designed by Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) designers
Clair Aubrey Huston and Alvin Meissner. The 1/2¢ through 10¢ values depict
portraits of Washington which were derived from paintings, engravings or
sculptures made during his lifetime.
The selections were made based on recommendations made by the Washington
Bicentennial Commission, The United States Post Office Department and the BEP.
The original concept called for not only picturing Washington but also
featuring significant events, locations and iconic images of his life and
after death. This was later modified to featuring only portraits.
U.S. Washington Bicentennial Stamps (1932)
½¢- Scots #704 The likeness of Washington taken from a miniature
painted by Charles Wilson Peale in 1777, the original of which is in the
Metropolitan Museum of Art. (87,969,700 issued)
1¢ - Scots #705 reproduction of the profile bust of Washington by Jean
Antoine Roudon made in 1785 and now in Mount Vernon. (1,265,555,100
1½¢ - Scots #706 The likeness of Washington modeled from a painting
known as the Virginia Colonel made at Mount Vernon in 1772 by Charles
Wilson Peale, the original of which is now in Washington and Lee
University. (304,926,800 issued)
2¢ - Scots #707 The likeness of Washington by Gilbert Stuart from a
painting made at Germantown, Pa., in 1796, known as the Atheneum portrait,
the original of which is now in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
3¢ - Scots #708 The likeness of Washington in the uniform of a general
with cocked hat reproduced from a portrait by Charles Wilson Peale painted
at Valley Forge in 1777. The original portrait is now in the State Normal
School at West Chester, Pa. (456,198,500 issued)
4¢ - Scots #709 The likeness of Washington taken from a painting by
Charles Willson Peale. The painting was donated to the National Portrait
Gallery by its former owner, Mr. William Patten, Rhinebeck, N.Y.
5¢ - Scots #710 The likeness of Washington from a painting by Charles
Wilson Peale made in 1795, and now in the possession of the New York
Historical Society. (170,565,100 issued)
6¢ - Scots #711 representing Washington in the uniform of a general
reproduced from a painting by John Trumbull in 1792, now in Yale
University. (111,739,400 issued)
7¢ - Scots #712 The portrait painted by John Trumbull in 1780, the
original of which is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (83,257,400
8¢ - Scots #713 The profile bust portrait of Washington facing to the
left, reproduced from a crayon drawing made from life by Charles B. J. F.
Saint Memin at Philadelphia in 1798. (96,506,100 issued)
9¢ - Scots #714 The likeness of Washington modeled from a pastel
portrait in the possession of the Masonic lodge of Alexandria, Va., for
whom it was drawn from life by W. Williams in 1794. (75,709,200 issued)
10¢ - Scots #715 The portrait of Washington taken from a painting by
Gilbert Stuart in 1795, now in the possession of the Metropolitan Museum
of Art in New York City. (147,216,000 issued)
The bicentennial stamps were first placed on sale January 1, 1932, at the
post office in Washington, D.C.
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