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Robert Panara

Robert Panara

Two-Ounce 75¢

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Issue Date: 4/11/2017

The 16th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series honors Robert Panara (1920-2014), an influential teacher and a pioneer in the field of Deaf Studies.

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  • The 16th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series honors Robert Panara (1920-2014), an influential teacher and a pioneer in the field of Deaf Studies. The stamp features a photograph of Panara taken in 2009. He is shown signing the word “respect.”

    During his forty-year teaching career, Robert Panara inspired generations of students with his powerful use of American Sign Language to convey Shakespeare and other works of literature. His contributions to the field of Deaf Studies included influential articles he wrote in the 1970s on deaf American writers and deaf characters in modern literature, and the book Great Deaf Americans (1983).

    Panara taught at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., for nearly twenty years beginning in 1948, and at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (part of the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York State) from its founding in 1967 to 1987. He was one of the founders, in 1967, of the groundbreaking National Theatre of the Deaf in Waterford, Connecticut, which provided deaf actors with a venue for thriving in the performing arts.

    Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with an existing photograph by Mark Benjamin, official photographer of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

    The words “Two Ounce” on this stamp indicate its usage value. Like a Forever® stamp, this stamp will always be valid for the rate printed on it.

    Made in the USA.

    SKUs featured on this page: 114004

  • Issue:Robert Panara Stamp
    Item Number:114000
    Denomination & Type of Issue:Two Ounce Rate, Nondenominated, Mail Use
    Format:Pane of 20 (1 design)
    Series:Distinguished Americans
    Issue Date & City:April 11, 2017, Rochester, NY 14692
    Designer:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Art Director:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Typographer:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Existing Photo:Mark Benjamin
    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:25,000,000 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:Vertical
    Image Area (w x h):0.77 x 1.05 in./19.56 x 26.67 mm
    Overall Size (w x h):0.91 x 1.19 in./23.11 x 30.23 mm
    Full Pane Size (w x h):6.11 x 6.23 in./155.19 x 158.24 mm
    Plate Size:240 stamps per revolution
    Plate Numbers:“B” followed by four (4) single digits
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:Plate numbers in two corners of pane
    Back:© 2016 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (114000) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text

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