Post Office Honors Bowdoin Alumnus

Story posted March 06, 2007

The U.S. Postal Service is honoring Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s bicentennial by issuing a commemorative stamp at the American Stamp Dealers Association Mega Stamp Show in New York on March 15, 2007.

The stamp by artist Kazuhiko Sano features an older Longfellow based on a photograph taken around 1876. The background pictures evoke Paul Revere’s Ride with a glimpse of the steeple of the Old North Church, where “a second lamp in the belfry burns” to indicate the arrival of the British by sea.

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Longfellow, called "the uncrowned poet laureate of 19th-century America," becomes the 23rd honoree in the Literary Arts series. Click here to learn more about the Longfellow stamp and the 2007 Commemorative stamp program.

This is the second such stamp to honor Longfellow. The first, a one-cent stamp featuring a portrait of the poet, was issued February 16, 1940.

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