Bill of Rights Stamp

US Postage Stamps: 1966

Bill of Rights Stamp

This stamp was issued on July 1, 1966 to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the United States Bill of Rights that was added to the Constitution in 1791. 

The Bill of Rights consists of the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.  Although at the time there were many debates and disagreements regarding the amendments, over time they have become an integral part of American life.  The ten amendments that form the Bill of Rights include the freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, the rights of citizens to bear arms, prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure, right to a speedy public trial by jury, limits to the powers of the federal government among others.

Over the centuries, other amendments have been added, some are somewhat esoteric such as fixing the date of congressional term commencements and others such as abolition of slavery and implementation of an income tax were extremely important to the country.

The striking design of the stamp was created by Pulitzer Prize winner Herbert L. Block.


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