a stamp of approval on Lincoln
Postal Service 1st-day-of-issue ceremony for Lincoln Bicentennial
postage stamps Feb. 9 at Old State Capitol
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[February 03, 2009]
SPRINGFIELD -- The official U.S.
Postal Service first-day-of-issue ceremony for the four new Abraham
Lincoln Bicentennial postage stamps will be on Monday at 10 a.m. at
the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield. The event
is free and open to the public and is part of Illinois' celebration
of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial.
John E. Potter, postmaster general and chief executive officer, will
officially dedicate the four new stamps that go on sale nationwide
that day. Although similar events will occur elsewhere that day and
in the weeks to come, only the official first-day-of-issue
cancellation will bear the Springfield, Ill., postmark. U.S. Sen.
Richard J. Durbin, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, Springfield Mayor Timothy
Davlin, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Director Jan Grimes
and Illinois State Historian Thomas F. Schwartz will make remarks on
this historic occasion. The U.S. Postal Service has similar
ceremonies for many of its commemorative stamps.
The U.S. Postal Service will have a special store set up inside
the Old State Capitol from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. so visitors may purchase
the Lincoln stamps. Visitors may also purchase a set of five
limited-edition Lincoln Bicentennial envelopes featuring the artwork
of five amateur and professional artists who won a statewide design
contest last year. The envelopes may be purchased at the Tinley Dry
Goods Store in the adjacent Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices building.
The U.S. Postal Service will also offer a special cancellation
service on Feb. 12, Lincoln's 200th birthday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at the Old State Capitol, offering visitors the chance to have their
commemorative stamps and envelopes hand-canceled on the date of the
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial.
The new stamps were unveiled Oct. 30, 2008, at the Old State
Capitol and feature the artwork of Mark Summers. Each depicts a
different aspect of Lincoln's life.
- Rail-splitter. This stamp includes the earliest-known
photograph of Lincoln, dated 1846, by N.H. Shepherd, and depicts
Lincoln as a youth splitting a log for a rail fence on what was
then the American frontier. When he was a candidate for
president in 1860, the Republican Party used the image of
Lincoln as a "rail-splitter" to enhance his appeal to the
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Lawyer. This stamp
includes a photograph of Lincoln dated May 7, 1858, by Abraham
Byers, and shows Lincoln in a courtroom in Illinois, the state
where he was a practicing attorney for nearly 25 years.
stamp includes a photograph of Lincoln dated Feb. 27, 1860, by
Matthew Brady, and shows Lincoln debating Stephen A. Douglas
during their 1858 campaign for a U.S. Senate seat from Illinois.
President. This stamp includes a
photograph of Lincoln dated Nov. 8, 1863, by Alexander Gardner,
and depicts Lincoln conferring with Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and
Gen. William T. Sherman toward the end of the Civil War. The
depiction is based on "The Peacemakers" (1868), a painting by
George P.A. Healy.
The first-day-of-issue ceremony is one of many events scheduled
for the observance of Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday and is
co-sponsored by the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial
Commission. For a complete list of Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial
events in Illinois, visit
Illinois Abraham Lincoln
Bicentennial Commission file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]