Commemorative Stamp

Robert Penn Warren—the first official poet laureate of the United States— was honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a stamp in the Literary Arts stamp series at an 11 a.m. ceremony April 22, 2005 in Warren's hometown of Guthrie, KY.

The ceremony took place at the United States Post Office, at the corner of Park and Cherry, Guthrie, KY and was 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, and at Post Offices and Philatelic Centers nationwide.

Joining the celebration were 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 In addition, beautifully custom-framed prints of original stamp art are available at


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 and 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).

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