Arago: Robert Fulton Issue

Robert Fulton Issue

This 5-cent stamp commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Robert Fulton (1765-1815) was released on August 19, 1965, at Clermont, New York, where the inventor resided. In 1807, Fulton's steamship "The Clermont" made a historic voyage up the Hudson from New York City to Albany, becoming the first commercially successful steamship.

Designed by John Maass, the stamp features an image of a bust of Fulton sculptured by Jean Antoine Houdon and a drawing of "The Clermont" sketched to simulate wood engraving.

The stamp was printed on the Giori press and issued in panes of fifty. An initial printing of 114 million stamps was authorized.


Postal Bulletin (July 29, 1965).


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