Arago: 50th Anniversary of Marshall Plan Issue

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50th Anniversary of Marshall Plan Issue

The Postal Service commemorated the Marshall Plan with the issuance of a 32-cent stamp in a pane of twenty on June 4, 1997, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Designed by Richard Sheaff of Norwood, Massachusetts, the stamp depicts a map of Europe with an inset portrait of former Secretary of State George C. Marshall. The United States sponsored The Marshall Plan to help jump-start the economies in Europe devastated by World War II and, in turn, prevent further expansion of Soviet-style communism. The plan was unveiled by George C. Marshall on June 5, 1947, during the Harvard University commencement and launched operationally in April 1948.

Ashton-Potter (USA), Ltd., produced the stamp in the offset/intaglio process.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (May 8, 1997).


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