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1952-1953

1952 Federal Duck Stamp

Plates Issued: Intaglio (front) - #162602, #162603, #162604, #162605; Offset (back) - 47510. Colors: Front - Blue; Back - Black. Designer/Modeler: Robert L. Miller, who also added necessary detail to the central design to make it suitable for bank-note engraving. This is the first stamp to display the name of the species. Engravers: Vignette - George A. Gundersen; Frame - John S. Edmondson; Letters - John S. Edmondson; Numerals - John S. Edmondson. First Day of Sale: July 1, 1952. Issue - 1952 Nineteenth (fourth $2 stamp). Quantity Sold: 2,296,628.

Inscription: Front - "U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Void after June 30, 1953. Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp. 2 Dollars. Harlequin Ducks." Back - "It is unlawful to hunt waterfowl unless you sign your name in ink on the face of this stamp."


John H. Dick

Black and white wash drawing of Harlequin Ducks by John H. Dick. A world traveler and photographer, Mr. Dick illustrated several books about American birds. (Deceased)

Content taken from the Duck Stamp Collection. The Duck Stamp Collection was originally printed in a loose-leaf, hole-punched format that was available for sale through the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and updated annually. The document is no longer in print.