Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mark Twain Honored with U.S. Stamp

A few weeks ago, U.S. author and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910) was honored with a first-class (Forever) U.S. postage stamp.

The postage stamp features a portrait of an older Twain with a steamboat in the background, evoking a way of life along the Mississippi River that played a huge role in many of Twain’s works, as well as in his own life. Art director and stamp designer Phil Jordan collaborated with stamp artist Gregory Manchess, who based his portrait of Twain on a photograph taken around 1907.

The stamps cost 44 cents each and are available in panes of 20 or blocks of 10 and 4. Additionally, related products, such as first day covers, ceremony programs, etc. are available.

For more information about the stamp and the ceremony introducing the stamp, visit the U.S. Postal Service website.

1 comment:

elle.mental said...

Is this a deja vu or have they used a similar artwork for a Mark Twain stamp in the past? This is the second time recently that I feel like I've seen this stamp before... H-M-M... Thanks for the heads up on the new stamp! Elle

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