TO C ENTS
OF THE CONCORD FIGHT
APR 19 150TH ANNIVERSARY
2c "Birth of Liberty" Painting
First Day of Issue: April 4, 1925. Number of First Day Covers cancelled:
unknown. Number of stamps printed: 26,596,600. First Day Cities: Boston,
Cambridge, Concord, Concord Junction, and Lexington, Massachusetts;
Washington, D. C. Printing: Red rose by steel engraving. Designed by: C. A.
Huston, after Henry Sandham's painting, Birth of Liberty. Engraved by: E. M.
Weeks, L. S. Schonfield, and J. Benzing. About the stamp: The stamp was
issued as the second of a set of three commemoratives to celebrate the
sesquicentennial of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, the
first skirmish of the Revolutionary War. On April 19, 1775, British troops under
General Gage marched from Boston to seek out and to destroy caches of
military supplies. On Lexington Common 700 Redcoats were confronted by 70
Minutemen. Without command from either side, the "shot heard 'round the
world” rang out, and the Revolutionary War had begun.
day covers an a
lay Covelo An actual-size reproduction of a rare First Day Cover for philatelic
and educational purposes by FLEETWOOD, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82008 © 1975