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George Eastman Issue

A 3-cent stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of George Eastman (1854-1932) was issued in Rochester, New York, on July 12, 1954.

Eastman was born at Waterville, New York. He left there at an early age, however, and went to Rochester, where he gained fame as an inventor and philanthropist. He is acknowledged as an inventor of photographic dry plates, flexible film, and the Kodak camera. The first Kodak camera, placed on market in 1888, contributed to the promotion of large-scale amateur photography.

A portrait of George Eastman is the stamp's central design Across the top is the wording, "United States Postage." Arranged in two lines to the left of the portrait is the wording "George Eastman," and in the lower left corner is the denomination "3c." All lettering is in whiteface Gothic.

The stamp is 0.85 by 0.98 of an inch in dimension, arranged vertically with a double outline frame, printed by the rotary process, electric-eye perforated, and issued in sheets of seventy. The color of the stamp is maroon. The printing of 119,000,000 stamps was authorized.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (June 10, 1954).

Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th ed., s.v. "George Eastman."

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