U.S. Postal Service Launches Mark Twain Stamp

Posted on June 24, 2011

Mark Twain Forever Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to immortalize author and humorist Mark Twain with a commemorative Forever postage stamp. A first-day-of-issue ceremony will be held June 25 at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, MO. The Mark Twain First-Class Forever stamp, which is part of the Literary Arts series, will go on sale nationwide at Post Offices and online at usps.com/shop on June 25.

The postage stamp portrait shows Twain as an older man. The stamp also includes a steamboat on the Mississippi River in the background. Art director and stamp designer Phil Jordan collaborated with stamp artist Gregory Manchess, who based his portrait of Twain on a photograph taken around 1907.

Photo: U.S. Postal Service