1939 3¢ Printing Tercentenary
Issue Date: September 25, 1939
First City: New York, New York
Quantity Issued: 71,394,750
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforation: 10 ½ x 11
U.S. #857 commemorates the 300th anniversary of the Stephen Daye Press – the first printing press used in Colonial America. Daye was a locksmith who journeyed to America in 1638. As repayment for the transport of him and his family, he built a printing press for the Reverend John Glover.
Glover died on the journey to the New World, but Daye still built the press for Glover’s widow. Finished in 1639, it is generally believed that the first item printed was the “Freeman’s Oath,” a type of newspaper. He printed the “Bay Psalm Book” in 1641 – the first book printed in the American colonies. As a reward for his efforts, Daye was later granted 300 acres of land.