Arago: Noah Webster Issue

Noah Webster Issue

A 4-cent stamp commemorating the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Noah Webster was issued in West Hartford, Connecticut, on October 16, 1958. The noted lexicographer was born in West Hartford in 1758.

With his memorable works, "American Spelling Book (1783)" and "American Dictionary of the English Language," Webster is largely responsible for the differences that exist today between British and US spelling. His principle was that spelling, grammar, and usage should be based upon the living language. Webster also contributed as a teacher, journalist, lecturer, and lobbyist to protect his literary efforts and uniform copyright laws among the various states.

Designed by Charles R. Chickering, the stamp features a likeness of Webster reproduced from an engraving by G. Parker, after a painting by James Herrings. The lettering "United States Postage" across the top of the stamp, the name "Noah Webster" on the left of the portrait, and the denomination "4c" in the lower right corner, all in whiteface Gothic. The stamp is 0.85 by 0.98 of an inch in dimension, arranged vertically, printed by the rotary process, electric-eye perforated, and issued in sheets of seventy. The color of the stamp is red. An initial printing of 120,000,000 of these stamps was authorized.


Postal Bulletin (September 25, 1958).

Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th ed., s.v. "Noah Webster."


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