Henry James

Henry James

Three-Ounce 85¢

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Issue Date: 7/31/2016

The 31st stamp in the Literary Arts series honors Henry James (1843-1916), a towering figure in American literature.

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  • The 31st stamp in the Literary Arts series honors Henry James (1843-1916), a towering figure in American literature. In novels and stories that often explored the complex interplay between Americans and Europeans, James sought to portray the intricacies of society and the inner lives of his characters with exquisite realism, an intellectual and artistic achievement that earned him a reputation as one of the greatest writers America has ever produced.

    The Henry James stamp features an original painting. On the left is a portrait of Henry James based on a 1906 photograph by Alvin Langdon Coburn; on the right side, behind James, is a vignette showing a man and a woman in a small boat, an artistic interpretation of the climactic scene from James’s 1903 novel The Ambassadors.

    During James’s lifetime, readers were often drawn to his novels and short stories for their accounts of passionate friendships, love affairs, and marriages that were unhappy and rife with conflict; his contemporaries also admired his realistic and thoughtful portrayals of women, especially strong, autonomous heroines failed by men and betrayed by other women. All in all, James’s literary output was prodigious: 20 complete novels, more than 100 shorter pieces of fiction, several plays, and hundreds of shorter works and articles, including travel observations, literary criticism, and theater reviews. His eye for human nature has stood the test of time; interest in his work surged in the 1930s and continues to this day.

    The artist for this stamp was Kate Sammons. The art director was Antonio Alcalá.

    The words "THREE OUNCE" on this stamp indicate its usage value. Like a Forever® stamp, the Henry James stamp will always be valid for the rate printed on it.

    Made in the USA

    SKUs featured on this page: 119404

  • Issue:Henry James Stamp
    Item Number:119400
    Denomination & Type of Issue:Three ounce rate, Non-denominated, Mail use
    Format:Pane of 20 (1 design)
    Series:Literary Arts
    Issue Date & City:July 31, 2016, Dulles, VA 20103
    Designer:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
    Art Director:Kate Sammons, Los Angeles, CA
    Typographer:Kate Sammons, Los Angeles, CA
    Artist:Kate Sammons, Los Angeles, CA
    Modeler:Sandra Lane⁄Michelle Finn
    Manufacturing Process:Offset, Microprint
    Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
    Printed at:Browns Summit, NC
    Press Type:Alprinta 74
    Stamps per Pane:20
    Print Quantity:20 million stamps
    Paper Type:Phosphor Tagged Paper, Overall
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Processed at:Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC
    Colors:Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black,
    Stamp Orientation:Horizontal
    Image Area (w x h):0.84 x 1.42 in.⁄21.34 x 36.07 mm
    Overall Size (w x h):0.98 x 1.56 in.⁄24.89 x 39.62 mm
    Full Pane Size (w x h):5.92 x 7.24 in.⁄150.37 x 183.90 mm
    Press Sheets Size (w x h):21.72 x 11.84 in.⁄551.69 x 300.73 mm
    Plate Size:240 stamps per revolution
    Plate Numbers:“B” followed by five (5) single digits
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:Plate numbers in four corners of pane
    Back:© 2015 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (119400) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text

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