Arago: George Washington Issue

George Washington Issue

A 20-cent commemorative stamp honoring the 250th anniversary of George Washington's birth was issued February 22, 1982, at Mount Vernon, Virginia. The First Day of Issue ceremony was held in the Mount Vernon Inn at Washington's Mount Vernon estate.

The designer, Mark English, of Kansas City, Missouri, based his design on a stylistic portrait depicting the distinctive Washington profile. English worked from a copy of a Washington 'life mask' in preparing the portrait. In the background, English depicted the American flag of Washington's era, which had thirteen stripes and a circular pattern of thirteen stars. Esther Porter modeled the stamp.

George Washington has been featured on more US postage stamps than any other individual. One of the first two stamps issued in the United States featured him. It was a 10-cent stamp issued July 1, 1847; the other issued the same day was a 5-cent stamp depicting Benjamin Franklin. George Washington was also featured on two 1977 stamps — the Washington at Princeton stamp and the contemporary Christmas stamp showing him kneeling in prayer at Valley Forge.

The 1982 stamp was printed in the photogravure process, with fifty stamps per pane.


Postal Bulletin (February 4, 1982).

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