Iwo Jima Postal Stamps

When the public first demanded a stamp commemorating the Flag Raising picture, the US Post Office initially rejected the idea out of hand. “No living person(s) can appear on a US stamp,” they replied. But the public demand was so great that Congress pushed for the stamp. It was issued just five months after the Flag-Raising. On the day of issue, people stood patiently in lines stretching for city blocks on a sweltering July day in 1945 for a chance to buy the beloved stamp. For many years, this was the biggest selling stamp in the history of the US Post Office. (Over 137 million sold.)

A retouched copy of the original photograph. Issued in 1995 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first Iwo Jima stamp.

39 thoughts on “Iwo Jima Postal Stamps

  1. Bill Todd

    An answer for Eric Lee:

    In case no one has answered your question, the designation SC929 on the back of this stamp stands for Scott Catalog #929 which is the catalog number given to this stamp by the Scott Publishers, a company in the US that produces catalogs for stamp collectors. The monetary value is not much; it lists for 30 cents in mint condition in the Scott 2011 catalog; but its symbolic value is priceless. Needless to say, a lot of these were printed along with stamps representative of the other armed forces in the same time period.

    Best Regards,

    Bill Todd
    Former Sgt, USMC
    Vietnam Veteran

  2. Liz shouse

    I have a first day issue stamped Iwo Jima envelope / stamp.
    Could you tell me what I could expect to get for it
    Li z

  3. Jen W

    My grandfather served in WWII. He was in the second wave of Marines to land on Iwo Jima. 4th Marine Division, 25th Marine Regiment. He survived; as if almost by many miracles. He still hasn’t talked about the entire battle. Just bits and pieces, but from what he has told, I can understand his reluctance..even after 67 years. If anyone has or knows of how to come by any stamps, unused or used (preferably unused), please let me know. I would be interested in buying one or two. For he and I.

    Also, does anyone know how I can get his military records for him? He’s sundowning and his memory is fading so it’s hard for him to recall his service number and from the database I found, that is needed for a living serviceman. I have all of his other necessary info (SSN, Dates of Service, etc..). Please email jenny7683@hotmail.com. Thank you!!

    • Jenna

      This really touched my heart, in many ways. I hope one day you manage to get the stamps you want, and deserve. Thank you so much for your grandfathers hard work, and thank YOU for sharing his story. Keep on keepin’ on. I feel as though this has brought not only us (as pen pals) but brought our families together by reminiscing about history, specifically Iwo Jima.

      With all the love, all of it, Jenna.

  4. Julie Giakovmis Franco

    My Father,Major George K Giakovmis died on Iwo Jima, 1955, when he and his best friend, Capt Shultz flew a C124 on a cargo mission on the 22 November,1955. We were living in Japan at Tachikawa. I am glad to see a commemorative stamp. There are those veterans who continued serving their country after the wars. I had hoped to travel there one day. God Bless all our veterans.

  5. Eric Lee

    I have a stamp mounted and framed of Iwo Jima. Can anyone tell me what it is worth. It appears to be in very good condition. On the back it has printed
    July 11, 1945 and SC929. The date is when it was printed but the other I have no idea what it stands for. Can anyone explain. E-mail me at lubricationsolutions@yahoo.com. Thank you.

  6. William N Kwlly

    Proof dies vary in size and condition. I am interested in purchasing. Please email me and we can discuss.


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