Arago: Signing Of The Constitution Issue

Signing Of The Constitution Issue

A 22-cent commemorative stamp recognizing the 200th anniversary of the Signing of the United States Constitution was issued on September 17, 1987, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The dedication ceremony was held in conjunction with the "We the People 200" celebrations that day in Philadelphia.

The design offered a modern graphic treatment meant to suggest the signing of the document. Part of the first page of the Constitution, featuring the Preamble, appears in the background, with a hand holding a quill pen superimposed over it. Although the fourth page was the one actually signed, it is not easily recognizable and, therefore, the stamp depicts the page clearly showing the words, "We the People."

This stamp was the last philatelic item of 1987 to honor the Constitution. The other issues included the Constitutional Convention postal card (May 25), the Drafting of the Constitution booklet stamps (August 28), and individual stamps for the statehood bicentennials of Delaware (July 4), New Jersey (September 11), and Pennsylvania (August 26).

Howard Koslow of East Norwich, New York, designed the stamp. Mr. Koslow's previous work includes the Brooklyn Bridge, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) stamps.

The stamps were printed in the intaglio/offset process by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and issued in panes of fifty.


Postal Bulletin (August 27, 1987).

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