US 1939 Printing Tercentenary 'Stephen Daye Press' 3c. Scott. 857

US 1939 Printing Tercentenary 'Stephen Daye Press' 3c. Scott. 857

Series: Printing Tercentenary Issue

Stamp details: Stephen Daye Press

Issued date: 25-09-1939 (dd/mm/yyyy)
Face value: 3c.

Emission: Commemorative
Watermark: No Watermark

Catalogue No:-
Scott (USA): 857
Stanley Gibbons (UK): 854
Michel (Germany): 453
Yvert et Tellier (France): 409

Dimensions (height x width):
40mm x 25mm

Printer: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Print Method: Rotary press

Stamp Colors: Violet
Perforation: Perf 10 x 11

Themes: Printing, Press, Machinery

Total print: 71,394,750 (estimate)

Description:- Stephen Daye, Sr. (1594-1668) emigrated from England to the British colony of Massachusetts and became the first printer in colonial America. His printing efforts were largely motivated by the ideals of freedom of religion and freedom of the press.

More than a century after Daye's death, his legacy found renewed fame in Vermont, when his press came into the possession of printers Judah Spooner and Timothy Green who used it to publish the state's first newspaper in Westminster, Vermont, The Vermont Gazette, or Green Mountain Post-Boy, on February 12, 1781. In tribute to this history, in 1932 a regional literary publisher in Brattleboro was christened the Stephen Daye Press, and went on to publish local poets and writers notable to Vermont history, including Elliott Merrick and Walter Hard. With the start of World War II, that publisher would close in 1942.