Identification guide for design numbers of United States stamped envelopes, wrappers, and letter sheets
forty cents

There are 2 designs of of indicia showing the bust of Washington, whose face value is forty cents. They may be distinguished by answering the question below.

Question 1: Is the indicium printed in one or two colors?
(choose an answer below)

one color
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design U22
You have identified design U22, printed in rose on buff paper and diagnostic for Scott #73.
two colors
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design U16
You have identified design U16, printed in black and red on buff paper and diagnostic for Scott #U45.

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