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C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson - Aviator

Distinguished Americans

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue March 13, 2014
Year 2014
Quantity 20,000,000
Denomination
Additional Ounce Rate
Denomination Value $0.70
Perforation or Dimension 0.91 x 1.19. in./23.11 x 30.23 mm
Series Distinguished Americans
Series Time Span 2001 - 2017
Issue Location Bryn Mawr, PA
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Pane of 20 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 1,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $14.00
SKU: 117100
Dimension: 22.2 x 11.52 in./ 563.88 x 292.61 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Offset Microprint “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored Type Ill, Block Tag
Layout Number: “P” followed by five (5) single digits

Press Sheet W/die Cuts

Quantity Produced - 1,000
Original Purchase Price: $112.00
SKU: 117106

Press Sheet W/o Die Cuts

Quantity Produced - 1,000
Original Purchase Price: $112.00
SKU: 117108

First-day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.14
SKU: 117116

Digital Color Postmark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.85
SKU: 117121

Keepsake (pane of 20, 1 Dcp)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $15.95
SKU: 117110

Stamp Deck Card

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.95
SKU: 117131

Stamp Deck Card W/ Digital Color Post­mark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $2.20
SKU: 117132

About Stamp

On March 13, 2014, in Bryn Mawr, PA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the 70-cent C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson definitive stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide March 13, 2014.

Pioneering African-American aviator C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson played a crucial role during World War II in training the nation's first black military pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen.

The stamp, the 15th in the Distinguished Americans series, is based on a photograph of Anderson in the 1942 yearbook of the Tuskegee Institute's flight training school in Tuskegee, Alabama. The artist added headgear used by pilots in World War II.

The stamp art was created with a combination of acrylic paint, watercolor, and oil. Verso text appears on the back of the stamp sheet.

When Anderson secured his pilot's license in 1932, he was the only African American in the country qualified to serve as a flight instructor or to fly commercially. He then began breaking flight records and inspiring other blacks to become pilots. During World War II, Anderson served as the chief flight instructor of a flying school at Tuskegee Institute. To the Tuskegee Airmen who learned their piloting skills from Anderson, he was affectionately known as "Chief." During the war, the Tuskegee Airmen flew thousands of sorties in the European theater, destroyed more than a hundred German aircraft, and received scores of Distinguished Flying Crosses.

Illustrator Sterling Hundley created an original painting for the stamp, which was designed by art director Phil Jordan.

The 70-cent C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson stamp was designed for the First-Class Mail® two-ounce rate and is being issued in self-adhesive sheets of 20.

Colors

Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 7463 Blue C

Creators

Designer: Phil Jordan.
Art Director: Phil Jordan.
Painting: Sterling Hundley.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22383. Copyright: USPS.

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