The Postal Service issued an 83-cent Edna Ferber definitive stamp in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 on July 29, 2002, in Appleton, Wisconsin. The stamp was designed by Mark Summers of Waterdown, Ontario, Canada. The stamp was reissued in August of 2003.
This definitive stamp is fourth in the Distinguished American series and honors Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber. Ferber's insatiable curiosity and love for American life made her one of the most popular authors of her time. Her works reached from shore to shore, painting a vivid portrait of American life in the early 20th century. Her musical version of "Show Boat," portraying life on the Mississippi River aboard a floating theatre, enjoyed a record-breaking 572 performances during its first run on Broadway.
100 million stamps were printed by the Banknote Corporation of America, Inc. in the offset/intaglio process.
Postal Bulletin (June 27, 2002)