Issue Date:25th JUN'2011
Details:With the 27th stamp in the Literary Arts series, the Postal Service honors Mark Twain, author of beloved works such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, widely considered one of the greatest novels in American literature. In this tale of an abused boy and a runaway slave who become friends while riding a raft down the Mississippi River, Twain addressed issues of race and racism in America with a frankness that is still startling more than a hundred years later.
Mark Twain was previously honored in the high value of the Famous American Authors set, Sc. 863, where he was identified by his given name, Samuel Clemens. The new stamp uses his pen name, under which he wrote many popular American novels, including Huckleberry Finn, which is featured on a 1993 Classic Books issue, Sc. 2787. Another of his characters, Tom Sawyer, is featured in a Norman Rockwell work that is pictured on a 1972 stamp, Sc. 1470.
The First Day of Issue site is Hannibal, Mo., where Samuel Clemens grew up, and which also is the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. 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. The stamp background evokes several of Twain’s works set along the Mississippi River of his youth.
Remark:Thanks DJ Evers for sending such a nice self made FDC.This FDC is posted on the issue date.Great.