US 1952 200th Anniversary - The Birth of Betsy Ross 3c. Scott. 1004

US 1952 200th Anniversary - The Birth of Betsy Ross 3c. Scott. 1004

Series: Betsy Ross Issue

Stamp details: Betsy Ross Showing Flag to Washington, Robert Morris & Georg

Issued date: 02-01-1952 (dd/mm/yyyy)
Face value: 3c.

Emission: Commemorative
Watermark: No Watermark

Catalogue No:-
Scott (USA): 1004
Stanley Gibbons (UK): 1001
Michel (Germany): 622
Yvert et Tellier (France): 555

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

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

Stamp Colors: Carmine rose
Perforation: Perf 11 x 10˝

Themes: Famous People, Flag

Total print: 116,175,000 (estimate)

Description:- Elizabeth Griscom Ross (1752-1836), also known by her second and third married names, Ashburn and Claypoole, was an American upholsterer who was credited by her relatives in 1870 with making the first official U.S. flag, accordingly known as the Betsy Ross flag. Though most historians dismiss the story, Ross family tradition holds that General George Washington, commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and two members of a congressional committee—Robert Morris and George Ross—visited Mrs. Ross in 1776. Mrs. Ross convinced George Washington to change the shape of the stars in a sketch of a flag he showed her from six-pointed to five-pointed by demonstrating that it was easier and speedier to cut the latter. However, there is no archival evidence or other recorded verbal tradition to substantiate this story of the first U.S. flag. It appears that the story first surfaced in the writings of her grandson in the 1870s (a century after the fact), with no mention or documentation in earlier decades.