The Postal Service issued an 87-cent Dr. Albert Sabin definitive stamp on March 8, 2006, in Washington, DC. Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, Arizona, designed the stamp.
This issue in the Distinguished Americans Series honors virologist Albert Sabin (1906?1993), whose successful efforts to develop a polio vaccine made him one of the most esteemed scientists in the world. He received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Science (1970) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1986).
Through the early 1950s, polio outbreaks caused such panic and widespread concern that parents kept their children away from school and other public facilities. Although Sabin's vaccine came after Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine, it was the standard treatment for years because it was easier to administer and reduced the spread of polio using a weakened live virus. The Dr. Jonas Salk definitive stamp was also issued on the same day.
Illustrator Mark Summers of Waterdown, Canada, created the portrait on the stamp. Summers also created artwork for previous issues in this series: Joseph W. Stilwell (2000), Claude Pepper (2000), Hattie W. Caraway (2001), Edna Ferber (2002), and Wilma Rudolph (2004).
The Banknote Corporation of America, Inc., printed 100 million stamps in pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) panes of twenty, using the intaglio/offset process.
Postal Bulletin (February 16, 2006/ March 30, 2006).