1988 25c Francis Ouimet

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U.S. #2377
1988 25¢ Francis Ouimet
American Sports Series

  • Issued for the 75th anniversary of Ouimet’s historic US Open win
  • 7th stamp in American Sports Series; first with descriptive phrase
  • 4th golf postal item issued by the USPS

Stamp Category:  Commemorative
Series: 
American Sports
Value: 
25¢, first-class rate
First Day of Issue: 
June 13, 1988
First Day City: 
Brookline, Massachusetts
Quantity Issued: 
153,045,000
Printed by: 
American Bank Note Company
Printing Method: 
Photogravure
Format: 
Panes of 50 in sheets of 200
Perforations:  11

 

Why the stamp was issued:  For the 75th anniversary of Ouimet’s historic US Open win.  The stamp had come at the request of the Francis D. Ouimet Caddie Scholarship Fund.  They submitted a petition which received approval and support from President Gerald Ford.

 

About the stamp design:  This stamp was designed by M. Gregory Rudd using two portraits from different eras of Ouimet’s life.  The larger portrait was based on photos of the golfer from 1913, around the time of his US Open victory.  The smaller image pictures Ouimet “the old-timer” as he was known as age 38, teeing off in the 1931 US Amateur Championship.

 

First Day City:  the First Day ceremony for this stamp was held at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, which is considered the oldest country club in the world. 

 

About the American Sports Series:  On September 22, 1981, the USPS inaugurated its Sports Series (sometimes called the American Sports Personalities Series), honoring some of America’s most notable athletes.  The series ran until 2013 and honored notable athletes from a variety of sports including golf, baseball, tennis, football, and boxing.  Click here to get the complete series.

 

History the stamp represents:  Although Francis Ouimet played a key role in popularizing golf, he is relatively unknown to most Americans.  In 1913, at only 20 years of age, Ouimet – “America's first golfing hero” – became the first amateur and second native American to capture the US Open.  He astounded Americans by beating two veteran English professionals at the US Open Championship.  His victory changed the course of golf forever.  He is referred to as the “father of amateur golf” in the US and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.

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U.S. #2377
1988 25¢ Francis Ouimet
American Sports Series

  • Issued for the 75th anniversary of Ouimet’s historic US Open win
  • 7th stamp in American Sports Series; first with descriptive phrase
  • 4th golf postal item issued by the USPS

Stamp Category:  Commemorative
Series: 
American Sports
Value: 
25¢, first-class rate
First Day of Issue: 
June 13, 1988
First Day City: 
Brookline, Massachusetts
Quantity Issued: 
153,045,000
Printed by: 
American Bank Note Company
Printing Method: 
Photogravure
Format: 
Panes of 50 in sheets of 200
Perforations:  11

 

Why the stamp was issued:  For the 75th anniversary of Ouimet’s historic US Open win.  The stamp had come at the request of the Francis D. Ouimet Caddie Scholarship Fund.  They submitted a petition which received approval and support from President Gerald Ford.

 

About the stamp design:  This stamp was designed by M. Gregory Rudd using two portraits from different eras of Ouimet’s life.  The larger portrait was based on photos of the golfer from 1913, around the time of his US Open victory.  The smaller image pictures Ouimet “the old-timer” as he was known as age 38, teeing off in the 1931 US Amateur Championship.

 

First Day City:  the First Day ceremony for this stamp was held at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, which is considered the oldest country club in the world. 

 

About the American Sports Series:  On September 22, 1981, the USPS inaugurated its Sports Series (sometimes called the American Sports Personalities Series), honoring some of America’s most notable athletes.  The series ran until 2013 and honored notable athletes from a variety of sports including golf, baseball, tennis, football, and boxing.  Click here to get the complete series.

 

History the stamp represents:  Although Francis Ouimet played a key role in popularizing golf, he is relatively unknown to most Americans.  In 1913, at only 20 years of age, Ouimet – “America's first golfing hero” – became the first amateur and second native American to capture the US Open.  He astounded Americans by beating two veteran English professionals at the US Open Championship.  His victory changed the course of golf forever.  He is referred to as the “father of amateur golf” in the US and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.