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1959 Federal Duck Stamp

Plates issued: Beginning with this (1959-1960) stamp all printing plates, offset and intaglio, have been enlarged to include 120 individual subjects. Intaglio (front) - #167109, #167120; Offset - #54204 (design change on back). Colors: Front - Black, Blue, and Yellow (First in series to have multi-color); Back - Black. Designers/Modelers: Bob Hines and Victor S. McCloskey, Jr. Engravers: Vignette - Arthur W. Dintaman; Frame - Howard F. Sharpless; Letters - Howard F. Sharpless; Numerals - Howard F. Sharpless. First Day of Sale: July 1, 1959. Issue: 1959 - Twenty-sixth Duck Stamp (first $3 stamp). Quantity Sold: 1,626,115

Inscription: Front - "U.S. Department of the Interior. Void after June 30, 1960. Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp. $3. Retrievers Save Game." Back - "Duck Stamps dollars buy wetlands to perpetuate waterfowl. It is unlawful to hunt waterfowl unless you sign your name in ink on the face of this stamp."

Maynard Reece

Black and white wash and tempera drawing of a Labrador retriever carrying a Mallard by Maynard Reece, the first artist to win the competition three times.

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.