Arago: Champion of Liberty Issue

Champion of Liberty Issue

On February 15, 1958, Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield announced that each future “Champion of Liberty” stamp would be issued in two denominations, one at the current domestic letter rate (4-cent) and the other at the then current international rate for first-class surface mail (8-cent). It was clearly the hope of the Post Office Department that these “Champion of Liberty” stamps would carry their message of liberty not only throughout the United Sates but also throughout the world.

Those honored between 1960 and 1961 include: Thomas G. Masaryk, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Gustaf Mannerheim, Giuseppe Garibaldi, and Mahatma Gandhi.