One of the functions of the post office is to issue commemorative stamps. Commemorative stamps commemorate people, places, artwork and ideas and are hot collectibles.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was given this honor two times; once in 1964 and once in 1967.

The first stamp was issued on May 29, 1964. On that day, the U.S. Post Office released the five cent  John F. Kennedy memorial stamp on what would have been Kennedy’s 47th birthday. The issue was designed by Raymond Loewy/William Snaith, a New York firm. It was based on an initial sketch by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing artist Robert L. Miller. His widow, Jacqueline Kennedy, was given the honor of making the final selection for the artwork  from the many Postage stamp designs that were submitted.

The second stamp was the 13 cent stamp issued in 1967. It was first issued in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 29 of that year. The issue was designed by Stevan Dohanos, modeled after a photograph by Jacques Loew in the book “The Kennedy Years.” The 13-cent Kennedy postage stamp at that time was enough postage to pay the rates for both foreign surface letters and air postcards to international locations.

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One Response to “John F Kennedy Commemorative Stamps”

  • On May 29,1964 at the Boston Mass. post office, my uncle a COL. in the U.S. Air Force was given a 5-cent John F. Kennedy memorial issue U.S. Postage stamp.(has the president of the U.S. Seal on the front page). He was leaving the Air Force and this was given to him by one of the Kennedy’s. When you open it, it has a drawing of John F. Kennedy that was done by Robert L. Miller. There is a post mark done by the Boston Post office, stamp May 29,1964 Boston Mass. with the number (1)one and next to that is First day of Issue. Also below the drawing is John F. Kennedy 1917-1963. I have seen a number of post cards with almost the same lettering, but the Postmark is different from the post card and what I have also the postmark is larger. I was only 6 years old when for the first time seeing this, but my uncle always said that this one day will be worth a lot of money. I have gone with my attorney to a few companies here in Houston where I live, and show this to them, every one told me if this is the first one from the post office in 1964, I can ask a great sum of money for this book, and get it. I have some photos of this book, if you can send me your E-Mail address I can send you some photos of this book, and maybe you can help me with it?
    Thank You for any help you can give me with this,
    Robert Antill