Arago: 4-cent Paderewski

4-cent Paderewski

On October 8, 1960, the Post Office Department released two stamps commemorating Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), "Polish Statesman and Artist." Paderewski was a Polish pianist, composer, diplomat, and politician. He served briefly as Poland's prime minister at the end of World War I, and he represented Poland at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.

The POD held First Day of Issue ceremonies in the Inter-Departmental Auditorium, Washington, DC. As with the preceding seven pairs in the Champion of Liberty Series, the 4-cent stamp paid the domestic letter rate and the 8-cent stamp paid the international letter surface rate.

The 4-cent Paderewski stamp, perforated 10 1/2 x 11, was printed on the rotary Cottrell press from 280-subject engraved plates. Each 280-subject sheet was cut into four panes of seventy stamps for distribution to post offices. Four plates were used: 26742, 26743, 26744, and 26745.

Charles R. Chickering and William K. Schrage of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing modeled the stamp from a photograph by Taylor and Dull, Photographers, New York City, of a painting of Paderewski by Tave Styka. Richard M. Bower engraved the portrait, torch, spray of the leaves, and ribbon; Howard F. Sharpless engraved the lettering and numerals.


Glass, Sol. Champion of Liberty - Paderewski. The Bureau Specialist 35, no. 4 (1964): 136.

Cleland, W. Wallace. Durland Standard Plate Number Catalog. Katy, Texas: United States Stamp Society, 2008.

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