Monday, December 29, 2008

Lincoln Stamps

Cheryl Ganz, chief curator of philately at the National Postal Museum is quoted in an article that appeared in the Louisville, KY, Courier-Journal as saying a certified plate proof of the four-cent 1958 Lincoln stamp (shown here) is really the work of two artists.

"First, there is the artist who designs the look of the stamp, using sources such as portraits or busts. Then there is the artist, or artists, at the Department of the Treasury's Bureau of Printing and Engraving," according to Cheryl.

Reporter James R. Carroll writes, "Lincoln first showed up on a stamp in 1865, the year he was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington. It technically wasn't a postage stamp, but rather a revenue stamp required for newspapers to be shipped by mail."

The first Lincoln postage stamp followed the next year.

To read more about US stamps that feature the 16th President of the United States, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM