Here’s one way to honor the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act’s repeal: Buy a stamp.
That’s the idea behind the U.S. Postal Service’s new commemorative stamp, which depicts American colonists gathered around a “liberty tree” in 1766 after the Stamp Act was repealed.
A quick history lesson is in order. The Stamp Act, passed by Parliament in 1765, imposed a direct tax on American colonists that required them to purchase a stamp for printed materials like newspapers, contracts, and legal documents. Under a rallying cry of “No taxation without representation,” colonists joined together in protest and organized a boycott of English goods.
In response to the outcry, the Stamp Act was repealed the next year in 1766. That seminal moment proved to be a precursor of what was to come; six years later, the Sons of Liberty responded to the Tea Tax by tossing British tea into Boston Harbor. The rest, as they say, is history.
The Forever stamp was designed by art director Antonio Alcalá and illustrated by historical painter Greg Harlin. It will officially be revealed on July 1 at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, according to the Postal Service.