US Stamps

Saul Bellow stamp Feb. 6 first-day ceremony details

Jan 31, 2024, 12 PM
The University of Chicago will host a local first-day ceremony for the United States Saul Bellow 3-ounce-rate stamp to be issued Feb. 6. A first-day program and other items will be available at the ceremony.

By Charles Snee

The United States Postal Service announced Jan. 30 that a local first-day ceremony will be held Feb. 6 in Chicago for the nondenominated ($1.16) Saul Bellow 3-ounce-rate commemorative stamp.

The ceremony is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Central Time in room 201 in the Social Sciences Research Building on the campus of the University of Chicago, 1126 E. 59th St., in Chicago.

According to USPS spokesman Tim Norman, the following individuals will speak at the ceremony: Sean Hargadon, USPS strategic communications, central area; Torsten Reimer, university librarian and dean of the university library, University of Chicago; Gabriel Richardson Lear, professor of philosophy and chair of the committee on social thought, University of Chicago; David Wellbery, professor of Germanic studies, University of Chicago; and Regina Aikens, USPS Illinois 1 District customer relations manager.

Norman said that a first-day ceremony program for the Saul Bellow stamp will be available at the event.

Linn’s Stamp News was unaware of the first-day ceremony when it published a page 1 story about the Saul Bellow stamp in the Feb. 12 issue.

“Sorry for the short notice on this,” Norman told Linn’s via email Jan. 30. “This program was in the works and we finally got items confirmed for it with the University. We will have First Day of Issue items available including a program for the ceremony.”

The Saul Bellow stamp is the 34th issue in the Postal Service’s Literary Arts series that began in 1979 with a 15¢ commemorative (Scott 1773) honoring novelist John Steinbeck.

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