Celebrating Lincoln through Stamps and Postal History

Commemorating the Gettysburg Address

3-cent Gettysburg Address stamp
The Gettysburg Address Issue stamp was issued November 19, 1948.

In June 1948, a joint resolution of Congress authorized and instructed the Postmaster General to produce a stamp commemorating Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The Post Office Department responded on November 19, 1948, the 85th anniversary of the Address, with the issuance of a 3-cent postage stamp. The stamp depicts a representation of a statue of Lincoln sculpted by Daniel Chester French located at the State Capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska. The stamp also bears the president's final words from his Gettysburg Address. A total of 63,388,000 stamps of the Gettysburg Address Issue were released by the Post Office Department.