Arago: America's Libraries Issue

America's Libraries Issue

A 20-cent commemorative stamp honoring America's Libraries was issued July 13, 1982, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The First Day of Issue ceremony was held in the Philadelphia Civic Center during the annual convention of the American Library Association.

Bradbury Thompson of Riverside, Connecticut, designed the stamp, which honors the contributions of our nation's libraries to the growth and development of the United States. Mr. Thompson, an authority on typography, depicted in his design letters of the alphabet and the geometric construction grids used by type designers to shape and form letters for the printing of books and other items. The letters depicted are from a rendering of the alphabet done in 1523 by Geofroy Tory of Bourges, France, which appeared in the book "Champ Fleury," published in 1526. The typeface used is compatible with Tory's original. It was originally cut by Tory's famous student, Claude Garamond, in about 1532, and today is know in its updated form as "Sabon Antigua."

The stamp was modeled by Clarence Holbert and printed in the intaglio process. It was issued in panes of fifty stamps.


Postal Bulletin (June 10, 1982).

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