1908-1922 13¢ Washington/Franklins
(read how to identify your stamp below)

Design A
Design B

This is the 13¢ Washington or Franklin. It is quite common and usually worth no more than a couple of dollars when used, however it can have reasonable value when unused. If the stamp has a picture of Washington (Design A) then click here. If the stamp has a picture of Franklin on it (Design B) then click here. There are two rare exceptions, where the stamp was printed on experimental paper. See below.


Identifying the type of paper the stamp was printed on is not easy. Usually one does not need to bother with this as over 99% of the 13¢ are printed on regular paper and their price is un-affected by the type of paper. There are two types of papers that the Post Office experimented with in an attempt to save on costs. These are all rare, they are;

  1. China Clay Paper - Very rarely on catalog number 339a
  2. Bluish Paper - Catalog number 365

Bluish Paper
If one reads Scotts one is led to believe that the paper used for the 'bluish' paper stamps was comprised of 35% rag stock. Which would lead one to believe that this aids identification. Unfortunately only 10% rag stock was used, making the difference between normal paper and bluish paper subtle. To show you how subtle, look at the stamp on the left, it is made of bluish paper. You can see the paper is just slightly darker. It does, in fact, have a slight greyish-blue tint to it. A bluish paper stamp will require certification. The 5¢ blue paper is exceedingly rare and it is difficult to identify because the blue of the printing frequently is echoed onto the paper (see example at the top of this page)

Bluish Paper Normal Paper