1949 Love of Liberty Issue

This set is said to be the first six color stamps ever issued in the world.


Air Mail



Issue date April 14, 1949
Designer Arthur Szyk
Printing Method Six color lithography
Printer Herman Jaffe
Paper Unwatermarked
Perforation 11¾ first printing, 12½ second printing
Sheet size 20 (4x5)
Subjects 1c - Natives approaching village; 2c - Rubber tapping and planting; 3c - Landing of first colonists; 5c - Jehudi Ashmun and defenders; 25c - Map and citizens; 50c - Arms, farmers and agricultural products
Number printed First printing: 100,000 of the 4 lower values, 45,000 of the 2 higher values; Second printing: 100,000 complete sets[1]; Von Saleski states that only 40,000 sets of the first printing were produced[2].

Specimens, Proofs and Essays

These progressive proofs were sold together as a set with each stamp in a glassine envelope with the following information printed on the outside:

  1. This is the yellow color plate specimen. The first step in printing the stamp.
  2. Red color plate specimen. Second color to be used.
  3. Yellow and red color plates make this combination. (Second printing stage).
  4. The black color plate.
  5. Yellow, red and black combination. (Third printing stage).
  6. The light blue color plate.
  7. Yellow, red, black and light blue combination. (Fourth printing stage).
  8. The dark blue color plate.
  9. Yellow, red, black, light blue and dark blue combination. (Fifth printing stage).
  10. The pink color plate.
  11. Yellow, red, black, light blue, dark blue and pink combination. (sixth and final printing stage).

According to Kasimir Bileski, this is a rejected 7th stamp in the series.

Further reading

  • "Color Printing Order of the 1949 Love of Liberty Issue" / pp. 10-14 / LPS Journal / Cecilio, Alan / Oct-Dec 2019
  • "What is This? An Initial Concept Design or a Rejected Seventh Design?" / p. 6 / LPS Journal / Cecilio, Alan / Apr-Jun 2019
  • "Liberian Error" / p. 21 / Journal of the Liberian Philatelic Society / Oct-Dec 2007
  • "Error of Color is Reported" / p. 21 / Journal of the Liberian Philatelic Society / Oct-Dec 2007
  • "New Liberian Perf. Noted" / p. 9 / Journal of the Liberian Philatelic Society / Jan-Mar 2005
  • "Second printing perf difference" / LPS Letter / Dec 1966


1. A Century of Liberian Philately / Rogers, Henry H. / 1971
2. Liberia Specialized Catalogue, 1975 / Von Saleski, Lothar / 1975

See also

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