J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Friday, December 04, 2015

An Anti-Stamp Stamp

In the second quarter of 2016, the U.S. Postal Service will issue this stamp commemorating the repeal of the Stamp Act. Which makes this a stamp celebrating the end of another stamp.

Linn’s Stamp News & Insights reports, “The stamps will be issued in a pane of 10 with the image of a one-penny revenue stamp proof print.”

Linn’s also states that this issue is connected with the World Stamp Show in New York next spring. That might mean this stamp gets limited circulation to philatelists and no big debut in Boston. But we can hope for some sort of ceremony here because it appears to depict activists nailing the big news to Liberty Tree.

Earlier in 2016, no doubt in February, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a stamp commemorating the Rev. Richard Allen (1760-1831), founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was enslaved in Delaware when the Revolutionary War began. In 1777 he became a Methodist, as did his owner, and that opened the door for him to purchase his freedom six years later.

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