For Immediate Release: February 9, 1999
Contacts: Edeen Martin
Truman Library and Museum

Michelle Manuel
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations


Feb. 19 marks first day of issue for new Truman stamp

Independence, Mo. - There's a new first-class postage stamp and it bears one of the most well-known images in history - a smiling President Truman holding a Chicago Daily Tribune newspaper proclaiming "Dewey Defeats Truman." The stamp, which honors President Harry S. Truman, will be dedicated by the United States Postal Service (USPS) at a public unveiling on Friday, Feb. 19, 1999 at the Truman Library and Museum. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and will be held in the Library's auditorium.

Steve Neal, noted Chicago Sun-Times political editor, will be on hand to participate in the unveiling and speak about his research of the 1948 Presidential campaign. Neal's remarks will include insight into the now-famous front page image and premature prediction of the election. Other participants include Ormer Rogers Jr., Mid-America District Manager for the USPS, Independence Postmaster Randy Fine and Truman Library Director Larry Hackman.

The new Truman stamp is part of a 15-stamp sheet commemorating the 1940s in the USPS's "Celebrate the Century" collection. The program heralds significant occurrences throughout the 20th century with a sheet of stamps for each decade.

Following the ceremony, Independence postal employees will sell sheets of the 1940's stamps, along with souvenir envelopes featuring political cartoons relating to Truman's "Whistle Stop" tour.

The Truman Library and Museum is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a. m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years and under.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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