Arago: 20-cent Monticello

20-cent Monticello

The 20-cent stamp features the third shrine to be featured in the series—Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). It was issued at Monticello, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, on April 13, 1956, the 212th anniversary of his birth.

The stamp shows the west front or “Garden Front” of Jefferson’s home, considered the most distinctive and characteristic view of this beloved national shrine. The stamp was designed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s William K. Shrage.

Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfeld was the main speaker at the first day ceremony, where he noted that "Monticello reflects the living evidence of the inner life of Jefferson. The residence has strength and dignity. It possesses deep artistic and cultural values. It has noble simplicity. It is highly practical and warmly livable.” Mr. Summerfeld closed his talk with the comment that “Monticello has long been a symbol of our leadership for freedom. And now this new stamp will herald to all the world our continued dedication to human freedom.”

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