Plates Issued: Intaglio - (front, 3-color giori, light brown - dark brown - black) #173572, #173573; Offset - #63912 - Yellow, #63913 - Orange, #63914 - Blue, #63915 - Gray, #63916 - Brown, #60439 - black (back). Colors: Front - Yellow, Orange, Blue, Gray, Brown, and Black; Back - Black. Designer/Modeler: Frank J. Waslick. Engravers: Vignette - John S. Wallace, Jr.; Frame - N/A; Letters - Robert G. Culin, Sr; Numerals - Robert G. Culin, Sr. First Day of Sale: July 1, 1981. Issue: 1981 - Forty-eighth Duck Stamp (third $7.50 stamp). Quantity Sold: 1,907,120
Inscription: Front - "U.S. Department of the Interior. Void after June 30, 1982. Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. $7.50. Ruddy Ducks." Back - "Buy Duck Stamps. Save wetlands. Send in all bird bands. Sing your Duck Stamp. It is unlawful to hunt waterfowl unless you sign your name in ink on the face of this stamp."
John S. Wilson
Gouache painting of a pair of Ruddy Ducks on the water by John S. Wilson, 110 8th Avenue, N.E., Watertown, South Dakota 57201. John S. Wilson also is the winner of the 1979 and 1981 South Dakota pheasant stamp contests.
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.