The Postal Service issued a 37-cent Zora Neale Hurston commemorative stamp in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of twenty on January 24, 2003, in Eatonville, Florida. The stamp, designed by Howard Paine, and illustrated by Drew Struzan, went on sale nationwide January 25, 2003.
The Postal Service honors novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston for her artistry and her celebration of black culture. She was a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance, a flowering of African-American literature, music, and the visual and performing arts that took place primarily in the 1920s and early 1930s. She wrote four novels, two books of folklore, an autobiography, and more than fifty short stories. Hurston is considered one of America's most original and accomplished writers. The commemorative stamp is the nineteenth stamp in the Literary Arts Series.
Sennett Security Products printed 70 million stamps in the gravure process.
Reference: Postal Bulletin (December 26, 2002).
Scott Catalogue USA: 3748
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