This 5-cent stamp, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, was first placed on sale on July 12, 1967, in Concord, Massachusetts, the birth and burial place of this renowned nineteenth-century essayist. Not far from Concord is Walden Pond. There Thoreau secluded himself for two years in a self-built cabin to contemplate, to observe nature, and to write. The book that came from this experience, "Walden," has appeared in numerous editions and languages. Thoreau is considered among the foremost American writers.
Designed by Leonard Baskin of Northampton, Massachusetts, the stamp was printed on the Giori press and issued in panes of fifty. An initial printing of 120 million stamps was authorized.
Postal Bulletin (June 15, 1967).