Thoreau To Be On US Postal Stamp


The United States Postal Service will be issuing a postal stamp commemorating philosopher Henry David Thoreau. The stamp was designed by Greg Breeding and features a portrait of Thoreau by Sam Weber based on an 1856 daguerreotype by Benjamin Maxham. It looks like this:

The stamp is being produced on the occasion of the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth year. There will be a ceremony to celebrate its release on May 23rd, 2017, at the Walden Pond State Reservation Visitors Center. Further details here.

Other philosophers to be honored on US postage include Ralph Waldo Emerson (1940) and John Dewey (1968). Are there other US stamps featuring philosophers?

There are plenty elsewhere around the world, for example:

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Mike Jacovides
Mike Jacovides
4 years ago

Jane Addams, Anna Julia Cooper, Dante, Frederick Douglass, Albert Einstein, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and Ayn Rand have US stamps and SEP entries. Du Bois is projected to have an SEP entry. John Quincy Adams taught logic at Brown for a while. Report