US 3871 Sheet James Baldwin

USA 2004 Literary Arts James Baldwin Mint Sheet of 20 Postage Stamps, MNH

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These 37-cent James Baldwin commemorative stamps were issued on July 23, 2004, in New York, New York. 

With this twentieth stamp in the Literary Arts Series, the Postal Service honored James Baldwin, one of the foremost American writers of the twentieth century. Artist Thomas Blackshear II based his portrait on a black-and-white photograph of Baldwin taken around 1960, probably in New York. The stamp background is evocative of Baldwin's semi-autobiographical novel "Go Tell It on the Mountain," set in Harlem.