Fifty years ago today the 5¢ John F. Kennedy Memorial stamp was issued by the U.S. Post Offic in memory of the late president who had been assignated on November 22, 1963. U.S. #1246 was issued on May 29, 1964 on the 47th birthday of the late President John F. Kennedy. The design featured the eternal flame that was estabilished at Arlington National Cemetery, a picture of J.F.K. and a portion of Kennedy’s Inaugural Address. The design was selected by the formal First Lady and widow of J.F.K, Jacqueline Kennedy.
J.F.K., wife and children were deeply loved by the American people referring to his time in office as “Camelot” to refer to an enchanted period in White House History. His inaugeration asked the American people to “ASk not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”
Highlights of his time in office:
1. Creation of the Peace Corps
2. Committed America to putting a man on the moon.
3. Cuban missle crisis
4. The beginnings of the civil rights movement.
Stats from Mystic Stamps
Issue Date: May 29, 1964
City: Boston, MA
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforations: 11 x 10 1/2
Color: Blue gray
A MNH stamp retails for around .85.