14-cent Julia Ward Howe Stamp Sheet

Collection ID

PPR.010170

Type

Papers

Date

1987

Geography

Massachusetts, (United States)

Language

English

Medium

Ink on paper

Dimensions

10.2 × 8.9 in. (26 × 22.8 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on view


Between 1980 and 1999, the United States Postal Service issued the Great American stamp series. The stamps contained only a few elements, including a portrait, name, “USA,” and, possibly, an occupation or reason for notability. Each stamp in the Great American series featured well-known individuals from a variety of occupations and different ethnicities. One African American, four Native Americans, and more than ten women are recognized in this stamp series. Julia Ward Howe’s Great American stamp was released on February 12, 1987. Howe, a poet, author, and activist, is best known for writing the lyrics to Battle Hymn of the Republic in 1861.

Printed in 1987 by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Boston, Massachusetts. Acquired by Christian Heritage Museum, Hagerstown, Maryland; Privately purchased in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2017 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry) under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

description

Between 1980 and 1999, the United States Postal Service issued the Great American stamp series. The stamps contained only a few elements, including a portrait, name, “USA,” and, possibly, an occupation or reason for notability. Each stamp in the Great American series featured well-known individuals from a variety of occupations and different ethnicities. One African American, four Native Americans, and more than ten women are recognized in this stamp series. Julia Ward Howe’s Great American stamp was released on February 12, 1987. Howe, a poet, author, and activist, is best known for writing the lyrics to Battle Hymn of the Republic in 1861.


provenance

Printed in 1987 by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Boston, Massachusetts. Acquired by Christian Heritage Museum, Hagerstown, Maryland; Privately purchased in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2017 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry) under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.


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