Tuesday, November 22, 2011

John F. Kennedy Remembered On Stamps

Today marks the 48th anniversary of the death of President John Kennedy.

According to an entry on Wikipedia, "John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States, was assassinated at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was fatally shot while traveling with his wife Jacqueline, Texas governor John Connally, and the latter's wife, Nellie, in a Presidential motorcade."

Since then two U.S. postage stamps have been issued in his honor. One in 1964 and one in 1967.
According to the Historical Archive website, "The first stamp [shown above] was issued on May 29, 1964. On that day, the U.S. Post Office released the five cent John F. Kennedy memorial stamp on what would have been Kennedy’s 47th birthday. The issue was designed by Raymond Loewy/William Snaith, a New York firm. It was based on an initial sketch by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing artist Robert L. Miller. His widow, Jacqueline Kennedy, was given the honor of making the final selection for the artwork from the many Postage stamp designs that were submitted."

The second stamp seen here was issued on May 29, 1967.

For a list of other Kennedy stamps from around the world, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM