This year marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees women the right to vote. More than 70 years in the making, the 19th Amendment was added to the Constitution on August 26, 1920.
Inspired by historic photographs, the stamp art features a stylized illustration of suffragists marching in a parade or other public demonstration. The clothes they wear and the banners they bear display the official colors of the National Woman’s Party (NWP)—purple, white, and gold.
The U.S. women’s suffrage movement coalesced in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. That year, some 300 women and men gathered for a two-day women’s rights convention. In the decades that followed, their call for women’s suffrage spread across the country, attracting supporters from all walks of life.
By the end of 1912, several states had granted full voting rights to women. Nevertheless, the obstacles to achieving the vote one state at a time frustrated some suffragists, who formed what would eventually become the NWP and began picketing in front of the White House in January 1917. At the same time, the National American Woman Suffrage Association launched campaigns in states across the country while also lobbying President Woodrow Wilson and members of Congress for a constitutional amendment.
The amendment finally passed in the House of Representatives in May 1919 and in the Senate in June 1919. The tremendously difficult process of ratification, which requires three-quarters of all states (36 of 48 states at the time), took another year.
Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp using art by Nancy Stahl.
The 19th Amendment: Women Vote stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps.These Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
Made in the USA.
SKUs featured on this page: 476604.
|Issue:||19th Amendment: Women Vote Stamp|
|Denomination &||First-Class Mail Forever|
|Type of Issue:|
|Format:||Pane of 20 (1 design)|
|Issue Date & City:||August 22, 2020, Seneca Falls, NY 13148|
|Art Director:||Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD|
|Designer:||Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD|
|Illustrator:||Nancy Stahl, New York, NY|
|Modeler:||Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn|
|Manufacturing Process:||Offset, Microprint|
|Printer:||Banknote Corporation of America|
|Press Type:||Alprinta 74|
|Stamps per Pane:||20|
|Print Quantity:||30,000,000 stamps|
|Paper Type:||Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block tag|
|Processed at:||Banknote Corporation of America|
|Colors:||PMS 7672, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black|
|Image Area (w x h):||0.84 x 1.42 in/21.336 x 36.068 mm|
|Overall Size (w x h):||0.98 x 1.56 in/24.892 x 39.624 mm|
|Full Pane Size (w x h):||5.92 x 7.24 in/150.368 x 183.896 mm|
|Press Sheet Size (w x h):||11.84 x 21.72 in/300.736 x 551.668 mm|
|Plate Size:||120 stamps per revolution|
|Plate Numbers:||“B” followed by five (5) single digits in four corners|
|Front:||Plate number in four corners|
|Back:||©2019 USPS • USPS logo • 2 barcodes (476600) • Plate position diagram (6) • Promotional text|
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