20¢ Horatio Alger
Issue Date: April 30, 1982
City: Willow Grove, PA
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Photogravure
Color: Red, black and tan
Introduced on the 150th anniversary of Horatio Alger's birth, this issue recognizes Alger's contribution to 19th-century children's literature and depicts some of his "rags to riches" characters.
Horatio Alger (1834-99)
Alger was born in Revere, Massachusetts. His juvenile novels such as “Ragged Dick,” “Luck and Pluck,” and “Tattered Tom” made him one of the most beloved novelists of the latter half of the 1800s. The name “Horatio Alger” is still used to describe a “rags to riches” story.