The United States issued a quaint and attractive postage
stamp for Thanksgiving in October, 2001. The following information
is taken from a press release issued by the US Postal Service at that
Since 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln
issued a Proclamation of Thanksgiving, the fourth Thursday of every
November has been set aside as a special day for families in the United
States to give thanks.
"The Thanksgiving stamp provides a meaningful way for Americans to honor
the tradition of being thankful for the many blessings we have as
American citizens," said Einar Dyhrkopp, a member of the presidentially
appointed Postal Service Board of Governors, who dedicated the stamp.
The U.S. Thanksgiving holiday stems from a rich history of celebrations.
The best known of these is the first harvest festival at Plymouth,
Mass., where in autumn 1621 some 50 colonists and 90 Native Americans
gathered for a three-day feast to offer thanks for a bountiful harvest.
Artist Margaret Cusack designed and created the machine-appliqued
needlework-a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables, inscribed above with
the words "We Give Thanks"-that is featured on the Thanksgiving stamp.
The needlework, which is partially quilted and made of old and new
fabrics, is reminiscent of American folk art stitchery.
Item Number: 551000
Denomination & Type of Issue: 34-cent Special
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Series: Holiday Celebrations
Issue Date & City: October 19, 2001, Dallas, TX 75260
Illustrator: Margaret Cusack, Brooklyn, NY
Designer: Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ
Art Director: Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ
Typographer: Margaret Cusack, Brooklyn, NY
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprinting, "USPS"
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Stevens, Vari-size Security Press
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 69 million stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored, Type III
Gum Type: Self-adhesive