Welcome to this website honoring the life and works of . . .

Robert Penn Warren

1905 - 1989

1905 - 1989

Site Map 
Calls for Papers
RPW Circle
Circle History
Join the Circle
RPW Biography
Books By RPW
At The Movies
RPW Honors
RPW Parents
Birthplace Museum
Books About RPW
New Books About RPW
New Book by Joe Millichap
New Book by  James A. Perkins
New Book by Dr. Patricia Bradley
New Book by Randolph Paul Runyon
Book - RPW Talking
All the Kings Men - 3 Versions
RPW - A Documentary Volume
RPW, Critic, by Charlotte Beck
Flood - New Edition
Brother to Dragons
Errata-Collected Poems
The Fugitive Legacy
About the Center for RPW Studies
RPW Center -Committee & Advisory Group
An Annual of RPW Studies
Commemorative Stamp
Kent Greenfield
Warren-Brooks Award
RPW Library-WKU
WKU Home


The Robert Penn Warren

Commemorative Stamp Ceremony

will be held at the

United States Post Office

Park and Cherry Streets

Guthrie, Kentucky

11:00 AM

April 22, 2005

Robert Penn Warrenóthe first official poet laureate of the United Statesówill be honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a stamp in the Literary Arts stamp series at an 11 a.m. ceremony April 22 in Warren's hometown of Guthrie, KY.

The ceremony will take place at the United States Post Office, corner of Park and Cherry, Guthrie, KY and is part of a week-long series of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of Warren's birth. The stamp will be available at the museum and at the Guthrie Post Office April 22, and at Post Offices and Philatelic Centers nationwide on Saturday, April 23.

Joining the celebration are Warren's children, Gabriel Warren and Roseanna Warren , and Guthrie Mayor A. Scott Marshall.

This stamp, 21st in the Literary Arts series, recognizes the achievements of Robert Penn Warren, a three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the only writer to win the prize in poetry "Promises: Poems, 1954-1956" in 1958, and "Now and Then: Poems, 1976-1978" in 1979 as well as fiction "All the King's Men," 1947.

Artist Will Wilson of San Francisco, CA, based his portrait of Warren on a 1948 photograph obtained from the Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies at Western Kentucky University. The background art recalls scenes from "All the King's Men."

Current U.S. stamps, as well as a free comprehensive catalog, are available by toll-free phone order at 1-800-STAMP-24. A selection of stamps and other philatelic items are also available at the online Postal Store at www.usps.com/shop. In addition, beautifully custom-framed prints of original stamp art are available at www.postalartgallery.com.


Technical Details


Issue: Robert Penn Warren
Item Number: 458300
Denomination & Type of Issue: 37-cent commemorative
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Series: Literary Arts
Issue Date & City: April 22, 2005, Guthrie, KY
Designer: Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA
Illustrator: Will Wilson, San Francisco, CA
Art Director: Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA
Typographer: Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA
Engraver: Southern Graphics System
Modeler: Donald Woo
Manufacturing Process: Gravure
Printer: Sennett Security Products (SSP)
Printed at: American Packaging Corporation, Columbus, WI
Press Type: Cerrutti, 950
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 45 million stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Overall
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Unique Binders, Fredericksburg, VA
Colors: Magenta, Yellow, Cyan, Black, PMS 129 (Yellow)
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.41 x 0.84 in./35.814 x 21.336 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.56 x 0.99 in./39.624 x 25.146 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 7.25 x 5.94 in./184.15 x 150.87 mm
Plate Size: 120 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: "S" followed by five (5) single digits
Marginal Markings: 2004 USPS " Price " Plate numbers in four corners of pane
Plate position diagram " Biographical text on back of stamp
Barcodes in four corners on back of pane
Catalog Item Number(s): 458361 First-day cover $0.75
458393 Cancellation Keepsake $8.15

There is one philatelic product available for the Robert Penn Warren commemorative stamps:

" Cancellation Keepsake $8.15 (Item 458393).

This Cancellation Keepsake (a first-day cover and full pane of stamps) will be available while supplies last and may be ordered online at www.usps.com or by telephone at 1-800-STAMP-24.


Customers have 30 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post OfficeTM, by telephone at 1-800-STAMP-24 and at the Postal Store at www.usps.com/shop. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

GUTHRIE, KY 42234-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by
May 20, 2005.


Stamp Fulfillment Services offers first-day covers on new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation.

Each item has been assigned an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly "USA Philatelic" catalog and at www.usps.com/shop. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 or writing to:

DEPT 6270
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014

First day covers remain on sale for at least one year after the stamp's issuance.


If you have comments or questions about this site
please e-mail us at: burt@brandeis.edu

Web Design by SlickSites