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New Thoreau Stamp

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There’s a new literary postage stamp on the block! The United States Postal Service issued this stamp honoring the life and legacy of American writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau on May 23, 2017.

Get it at your local U.S. Post Office or purchase online from USPS.

About this stamp:

With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service® celebrates writer, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) on the bicentennial of his birth. Renowned for his book Walden, a complex and eloquent exploration of nature and society, Thoreau encouraged readers to reconsider both their own lives and the world around them. With his personal example of simple living, his criticism of materialism, and the timeless questions he raises about the place of the individual in society and humanity’s role in the natural world, Thoreau continues to inspire new generations to assert their independence, reinterpret his legacy, and ask challenging questions of their own.
On the left side of the stamp is a close view of Thoreau’s face, an oil-on-panel painting based on a famous 1856 daguerreotype by Benjamin Maxham. On the right side of the stamp, roughly level with Thoreau’s eyes, is his own signature of his last name. Below the signature is a branch of sumac leaves. Sumac grew next to the door of Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond, and Thoreau mentions in his writings that he saw sumac sprouting among clear-cut stumps in the area.

I’m not a stamp collector, but I do get excited about literary and historically themed postage stamps.

Are you a collector or do you know of any collectors that focus on literary stamps?

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