The 1861-66 and 1869 Pictorial Issues— Civil War and Reconstruction

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The Civil War created the need for an entirely new issue of postage stamps, and the contract was awarded to the National Bank Note Company. The 1861s and 2¢ 1863 Black Jack were current during the war. In 1866 the first commemorative stamp—the 15¢ Lincoln— was added to the series. Grills were introduced in 1867 to prevent stamp reuse. In 1869 the innovative Pictorial stamps were issued, but after just one year they were replaced with the Large Bank Note Portrait series. 

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