This 5-cent stamp commemorating the 700th anniversary of the birth of the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) was released through the San Francisco, California, post office on July 17, 1965.
Douglas Gorsline's design simulates the style of early Florentine allegorical paintings. Dante is shown wearing a laurel wreath, symbolic of poetry, against a background related to the poem "The Divine Comedy."
This stamp was printed by the rotary process and issued in panes of fifty. An initial printing of 112 million stamps was authorized.
Postal Bulletin (June 17, 1965).