Arago: 200th Anniversary of Columbia University Issue

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200th Anniversary of Columbia University Issue

A 3-cent stamp to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Columbia University was issued in New York, New York, on January 4, 1954. Columbia University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, was founded in 1754 as King's College.

The stamp's central design shows a frontal view of the Low Memorial Library at Columbia University against a dark background. Near the upper left corner arranged in two lines is the wording "US Postage" in whiteface Gothic, and in the opposite corner appears the denomination "3c" in modified whiteface Gothic. The scene is enclosed in a dark border, the top of which carries the lettering "1754 Columbia University 1954" in modified white Gothic, and in the bottom section the wording "Man's right to knowledge and the free use thereof," which was the bicentennial theme adopted by Columbia University, in whiteface Gothic.

The stamp is 0.84 by 1.44 inches in dimensions, arranged horizontally, printed by the rotary process, electric-eye perforated, and issued in sheets of fifty. The color of the stamp is blue. The printing of 110 millions stamps was authorized.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (December 10, 1953).

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