Arago: 150th Anniversary Republic of Texas Issue

150th Anniversary Republic of Texas Issue

A 22-cent commemorative stamp honoring the sesquicentennial of the Republic of Texas was issued both in San Antonio and at Washington-on-the-Brazos Texas State Historical Park, Texas, on March 2, 1986. On that date 150 years ago, Texas declared its independence from Mexico.

The San Antonio dedication ceremony was held outside the Postal Service's downtown station, the city's original main post office. It is just north of the Alamo, the mission-fortress which is the symbol of Texas' historic struggle for freedom in 1836. Washington-on-the-Brazos is the site of the signing of Texas' Declaration of Independence from Mexico.

Don Adair of Richardson, Texas, designed the stamp, which features the central portion of the state flag. The white Lone Star on a blue field is at top left, which the flag's broad red and white bands angled downward to the right. In silver, near the center of the stamp, is a spur believed to have belonged to defeated Mexican General Santa Anna. It was given to Sam Houston, Texas' victorious commander and first president of the Republic.

"USA 22" is printed in one line of white type at the top right of the vertically oriented stamp, and "San Jacinto 1836" is printed in a single line of white type across the bottom to denote the site and date of the victory which secured Texas' independence.

The stamps were printed in the photogravure process by the American Bank Note Co. and issued in panes of fifty.


Postal Bulletin (February 6, 1986).

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