32c John Henry stamp

United States Postal Service1996-07-11

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

According to legend, John Henry, a super strong steel driver who was born with a hammer in his hand, could drive steel for ten hours without stopping. He became the subject of many tales and songs of railroad tunnel laborers.

The Postal Service issued four 32-cent Folk Heroes commemorative stamps on July 11, 1996, at the Postage Stamp Mega Event in Anaheim, California. Designed by David LaFleur of Derby, Kansas, the stamps feature images of John Henry, Paul Bunyan, Mighty Casey, and Pecos Bill, four characters from American folklore. The stamps were issued in a pane of twenty and printed by Ashton-Potter (USA), Ltd., in the offset process.

Reference: Postal Bulletin (June 6, 1996).

Scott Catalogue USA: 3085

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Museum ID: 1998.2008.436

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  • Title: 32c John Henry stamp
  • Creator: United States Postal Service
  • Date Created: 1996-07-11
  • Subject Keywords: John Henry, stamp
  • Medium: paper; ink (multicolored) / lithographed