Arago: Classic Books Issue

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Classic Books Issue

The Postal Service promoted literacy with a block of four 29-cent Classic Books stamps issued on October 23, 1993, in Louisville, Kentucky. The stamps feature images of four of America' most beloved and popular stories — "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "Little House on the Prairie," "Little Women," and "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm."

The issuance of the Youth Classics stamps was in conjunction with the annual conference of Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc., which celebrated thirty-one years of service in 1993.

The Postal Service also partnered with the Library of Congress in a 1993 national reading promotion campaign. As part of the promotion, the Youth Classics stamps were featured on a poster that saluted the theme "Books Change Lives." The poster, which was designed to remind Americans of the joys of reading and stamp collecting, appeared in libraries nationwide.

Designed by Jim Lamb of Issaquah, Washington, the stamps were printed in the offset/intaglio process by the American Bank Note Company.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (September 30, 1993).


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