The U.S. Postal Service has issued a new Henry David Thoreau stamp in commemoration of the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth this year. In a ceremony held on May 23, 2017, representatives from the USPS, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Town of Concord, and the Walden Woods Project celebrated Thoreau, his time at Walden Pond, and his writing in which he ponders the problems that result from materialism, and exhorts people from all walks of life to reexamine their misplaced priorities and discover the things that are most important.
The new stamp features an oil-on-panel painting of Henry based on the famous 1856 Maxham daguerreotype, Thoreau’s signature, and an image of a plant that was mentioned in his writings.
The stamp and a variety of commemorative items are available at Post Offices and at the USPS website.