Arago: Brooklyn Bridge Issue

Brooklyn Bridge Issue

A 20-cent commemorative stamp marking the 100th anniversary year of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge was issued May 17, 1983, in Brooklyn, New York. The First Day of Issue ceremony was held at the Brooklyn Borough Hall. The design of the stamp, by Howard Koslow of East Norwich, New York, was unveiled March 2 during a ceremony at Manhattan City Hall to launch the official anniversary celebration. Esther Porter modeled the stamp.

The Brooklyn Bridge was opened for service on May 24, 1883, fourteen years after construction was begun. On that day, it was acclaimed as the longest bridge in the world, with a main span of 1595 feet. It also has been hailed as the first suspension bridge to use cables made of steel wires and one of the first to use pneumatic caissons for foundations. The Brooklyn Bridge was designed by John A. Roebling (1806-1869), and his son, Washington A. Roebling (1837-1926), was in charge of its construction.

The stamp was printed in the intaglio process and issued in panes of fifty.


Postal Bulletin (April 7, 1983).

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