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25-cent New Hampshire

The 25-cent New Hampshire Statehood stamp, commemorating the bicentennial anniversary of the ninth state to ratify the Constitution, was issued on June 21, 1988, in the state capitol, Concord. The dedication ceremony occurred in the historic State House Chamber of Representatives Hall.

In 1776, New Hampshire became the first state to adopt a provisional constitution. However, unhappy with their representation, thirty-four small western towns seceded from the state and joined Vermont. When the state adopted a new state constitution in 1784 — still in effect and second oldest after Massachusetts — the smaller towns received improved representation and reunited with the state.

Artist Thomas Szumowski of Waltham, Massachusetts, prepared the original painting for this design. He also designed the 18-cent George Washington stamp issued in 1985.

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

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (May 26, 1988).


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