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32c Lila and Dewitt Wallace stamp

United States Postal Service1998-07-16

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

The Postal Service issued a 32-cent Lila and DeWitt Wallace definitive stamp on July 16, 1998, in Pleasantville, New York. The stamp is one of the Great Americans Series issues.

Lila and DeWitt Wallace, founders of Reader's Digest magazine, were two of America's foremost philanthropists. During their lifetimes, the Wallaces gave many millions to great charitable causes in the field of education, the arts, and music. In 1972, President Richard Nixon awarded them the Medal of Freedom.

The engraved stamp design is based on a pencil sketch portrait of Lila and DeWitt Wallace by veteran stamp designer Paul Calle. Designed by Howard Paine of Delaplane, Virginia, the stamp was engraved through the intaglio process by Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. and printed in water-activated panes of twenty.

Reference: Postal Bulletin (June 18, 1998)

Scott Catalogue USA: 2936
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Museum ID: 2000.2021.135

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  • Title: 32c Lila and Dewitt Wallace stamp
  • Creator: United States Postal Service
  • Date Created: 1998-07-16
  • Medium: paper; ink (blue); adhesive

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