National Geographic : 1976 Jun
Memorable Events merica was forged in the fires of adversity. It was born out of the travail of the American Revolu tion. A time which tried men's souls. When defeat seemed always at the door. When each day demanded brave new sacrifices. Yet, through nearly seven years of bitter struggle a rag-tag army of often ill-clothed, half-starved, and half-frozen, patriots kept alive the dream of Independence. When at last the day of deliverance came at Yorktown, it was more than a victory for musketry and arms. It was the triumph of the burning determination of a People to freely shape their own destiny. The unprecedented philatelic event dedicated to The Spirit of '76. It is therefore fitting that on the eve of the 200th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the United States Postal Service will issue a unique and superbly detailed set of four sheets of Official United States postage stamps recapturing The Revolution's Most MemorableEvents. It is the first such set of sheets ever issued in our Nation's two hundred years. As such it is certain to command the special notice of collectors everywhere; and es pecially of Americans now rededicating themselves to the spirit which led our Nation to greatness. The Revolution's Most Memorable Events will portray the four episodes which will always be revered as symbols of courage and determination: The Declaration of Independence, 1776, for which patriots pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. The Crossingof the Delaware, 1776, the effort so daring and so unexpected that it brought dazzling victory at Trenton and saved the army at a time when the British thought it was crumbling. Winter at Valley Forge, 1777-1778,through which the ragged, poorly-equipped army of citizen-soldiers was held together in the face of starvation and wretched weather by the spirit of liberty. And, The Surrender at Yorktown, 1781, the final British disaster and great patriot triumph which at last proved to Great Britain that her American Colonies were to be free and independent states. The spirit and substance of these epic events will be captured by the individual sheets of postage stamps reproducing world-renowned masterpieces by the great artists John Trumbull, William Trego, Emanuel Leutze, and Eastman Johnson. Each sheet will be of an unprecedented format created expressly for this series. Individual stamps, five within each sheet, will depict details from each heroic painting. Together they will help form the entire masterpiece in all its brilliance. Available to you: the First Editions. Our Nation's leading citizens and distinguished philatelists from every corner of the world will gather in Philadelphia on May 29, 1976, to inaugurate The Revolution's Most Memorable Events. At special ceremonies on the opening day of the historic ten day International Philatelic Exposition, Interphil '76, first editions will be officially-certified by the coveted, one-day-only, FirstDay of Issue postmark of the city where America was born. These Official First Editions will be but a smallfraction of the total number of sheets eventually available to the general public after that day at other post offices. For this historic occasion, the Philadelphia '76 Commission has appointed the world-renowned Fleetwood Company to issue the first edition of The Revolution's Most Memorable Events in one complete collection of four matched First Day of Issue Panels. The first one hundred collections have been reserved by the Commission for special presentations during the Bicentennial year. And, because of the National importance of this issue, the Commission has also authorized Fleetwood to offer identical collections to America's citizens. A truly impressive and historic series. This is the only collection of First Day of Issue Panels ever dedicated to so monumental a theme. As befits such a series, it will be extraordinary in every respect. Superbly detailed and nobly com posed, each panel is inspired by an historic work of art: "The Reading of the Declaration of In dependence" and the "Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown" by the frieze encircling the Rotunda of the United States Capitol, painted in fresco by Brumidi. "The Hessian Surrender at Trenton," made possible by the Crossing of the Delaware - by John Trumbull's masterpiece in the Yale University Art Gallery. And "Washington at Valley Forge, 1778" by Brumidi's lunette in the National Capitol. A deluxe presentation portfolio will protect and display the collection. Citizens who take advantage of this opportunity to acquire the Official Collection of The Revolution's Most Memorable Events will also receive, without additional cost, a handsomely bound presentation portfolio. To enhance the historical and educational value of the collection, an authoritative reference guide will be included to describe each of the masterpieces represented in the collection, and to detail the lasting significance of each event. A single, officially limited, edition. The Revolution's Most Memorable Events will be issued only once - on the precise First Day of Issue, only at Philadelphia, and only as a complete collection. Thus, the first edition will be forever held to the exact number officially-postmarked on May 29, 1976. The official issue price for the complete collection is $35, and not more than three sets may be reserved by any one collector. A collection of timeless significance. The Official Collection of The Revolution's Most Memorable Events deserves a cherished place in your home. It will constantly revitalize the memory of the sacrifices which were made to secure our liberties, and rekindle the "Spirit of '76" for you, your children, and their children for generations to come. Prompt action well-advised. This is the only time that The Revolution's Most Memorable Events can ever be issued. To become one of the select group of Americans who will be able to acquire this inspiring collection, your reservation must be mailed promptly. Requests will be honored, subject to availability, in the exact sequence received. All applications should be sent directly to The Fleetwood Company, 1 Unicover Center, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82008. r------------------------------ RESERVATION APPLICATION THE OFFICIAL COLLECTION OF The Revolution's Most Memorable Events Limit: Three collections per subscriber. ME Fleetwood Cheyenne, Wyoming 82008 Please accept my reservation for Complete Collection(s) of The Revolution's Most Memorable Events. The collection will consist of four Official First Day of Issue Panels to be sent to me approximately eight weeks after the Official First Day of Issue date, May 29, 1976. The official issue price is$35 for each collection, which I desire to pay as follows: l I enclose my remittance of $ ($35 per collection) as payment in full. c I prefer to have the full amount of $35 for each collection Iam reserving charged to my credit card account below: O MasterCharge D BankAmericard l American Express Credit Card Number Expiration Date Signature Mr. Mrs. Miss All applications subjectto acceptance PLEASE PRINT NAME CLEARLY Address City State Zip FLEETWOOD WILL ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR APPLICATION. Established 1929, Fleetwood, a Division of Unicover Corporation, is America's oldest and largest purveyor of philatelic first editions. It is not affiliated with any governmental agency.