The Postal Service issued a 39-cent Henry Wadsworth Longfellow commemorative stamp on March 15, 2007, at the American Stamp Dealers Association Mega Show at Madison Square Garden, in New York, New York. Howard E. Paine of Delaplane, Virginia, designed the stamp.
The twenty-third in the Literary Arts Series, the Longfellow stamp commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882). Considered the "uncrowned poet laureate" of nineteenth century America, Longfellow rooted his poetry in European traditions and forms while often working with uniquely American subject matter. Widely read during his lifetime, Longfellow wrote more than 400 poems. Today he is especially remembered for narrative poems such as "Paul Revere's Ride" and "The Song of Hiawatha."
The stamp art by Kazuhiko Sano of Mill Valley, California, features a portrait of Longfellow based on a photograph made circa 1876. Background art evokes scenes from "Paul Revere's Ride."
Ashton-Potter (USA), Ltd., produced the 30 million stamps in the offset process with microprint "USPS".
Postal Bulletin (February 15, 2007).