14¢ Julia Ward Howe
Great Americans Series
Issue Date: February 12, 1987
City: Boston, MA
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Engraved
After fleeing from Confederate troops, Julia Ward Howe composed the lyrics for the Battle Hymn of the Republic. A popular song with Union troops, the words and music moved soldiers and civilians alike. Following the war, Mrs. Howe went on to become a writer, lecturer, and social reformer for women's rights. Howe is pictured on the 14¢ Great Americans stamp.
Issued between 1980 and 1999, the Great Americans definitive series features 63 designs, making it the largest set of face different Regular Issue stamps issued in the 20th century. One stamp honors a couple (Lila and Dewitt Wallace) while the remaining 62 commemorate individuals.
The series is characterized by a standard definitive size, simple design and monochromatic colors. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing produced most of the stamps, but some were printed by private firms. Several stamps saw multiple printings. The result is many different varieties, with tagging being the key to understanding them.