Issued in honor of Gen. George S. Patton Jr., Commander of the 15th U. S. Army during World War II, who died Dec. 21, 1945 from injuries suffered in a motor car accident at Mannheim, Germany. The stamp also honored the U. S. Army Armored Forces.
Announced March 10, 1953 by Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield as one of the commemoratives the Post Office Department planned to issue during the year. First day post office and date of issue designated Nov. 11, 1953. Details of design announced Sept. 29, 1953. Color announced Oct. 22.
Issued: Nov. 11, 1953.
First day sale: Fort Knox, Ky., headquarters for the Armored Forces, U. S. Army.
First day statistics: 242,600 covers cancelled, 717,395 stamps sold.
Source of design: Portrait of Gen. George S. Patton and photograph of two M-46 General Patton tanks in action. Both photographs supplied to the Post Office Department by the U. S. Army.
Designer: William K. Schrage of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, D. C.
Engravers: Matthew D. Fenton (Vignette) and George A. Payne (frame, lettering and numerals).
Description: Standard commemorative stamp size (0.84 by 1.44 inches) arranged horizontally. Printed on the rotary press from 200-subject electric eye convertible plates. Distributed to post offices in sheets of 50 stamps. Color, purple. Perf. 11 by 10%.
Printing order: 110 million copies.
Plate numbers: 24875-76-77-78-79-80.
First printing: Oct. 26, 1953 from plates 24875-76.
Second printing: Oct. 27, 1953 from plates 24877-78.
Third printing: Oct. 30, 1953 from plates 24879-80.