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IN HISTORY: First Postage Stamp of Mount Rushmore Issued in Celebration of 25th Anniversary U.S. Post Office; Smithsonian National Postal Museum
August 10, 2017

IN HISTORY: First Postage Stamp of Mount Rushmore Issued in Celebration of 25th Anniversary

On August 11, 1952 a commemorative stamp of Mount Rushmore was released by the United States Postal Service in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the creation of the monument. The first stamp of Mount Rushmore (pictured above) is based on a photo taken by Robert Frankenfeld, the father of Rapid City businessman Don Frankenfeld, according to the Congressional Record on June 3, 1991. The stamp was valued at three cents.

Mount Rushmore has been featured on postage stamps on four occasions:  in 1974 on a 26-cent stamp, on the monument’s 50th anniversary in 1991 on a 29-cent stamp, and in 2008, on a  priority stamp valued at $4.80.

Prior to the creation of commemorative stamps, postage designs were limited to U.S. Presidents and founding fathers. Commemorative stamps were first issued in 1893. The USPS Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee is tasked with selecting commemorative stamps each year. Although they use twelve basic selection criteria as a guide, the postmaster general has the final say in selecting commemorative stamps.  

View more historical information about Mount Rushmore at the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s digital history archives.

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