Through the years since the first
definitive issue of Pitcairn stamps was released in 1940, the philately of Pitcairn
Island has enjoyed a much-sought-after status among stamp collectors throughout
John F. Kennedy
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963) was the 35th President of the United States. Commonly known as "Jack" or by his initials JFK, he served from 1961 until 1963.
After military service as commander of the Motor Torpedo Boats PT-109 and PT-59 during World War II in the South Pacific, Kennedy represented Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953 as a Democrat. Thereafter, he served in the U.S. Senate from 1953 until 1960. In the 1960 U.S. presidential election, Kennedy defeated Vice President and Republican candidate Richard Nixon. At 43 years of age, he was the youngest president to have been elected to the office and the second-youngest president after Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. As a member of the Roman Catholic church, JFK was the only non-Protestant president to have been elected, and was the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize.
President Kennedy, despite serving for a short term, handled major "events" during his presidency which included the Bay of Pigs invasion; the Cuban Missile Cricis; the building of the Berlin Wall; the Space Race, the African-American Civil Rights Movement and early stages of the Vietnam War where he increased the number of military advisers; special operations forces and helicopters in an effort to curb the spread of Communism in Southeast Asia. His handling of these key situations helped make him one of the great presidents, and were characterized by influential and powerful speeches on which this stamp issue is based.
John F. Kennedy also led a controversial and sometimes public private life. Married to Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Bouvier, he was also one of the most famous Kennedy brothers and a friend of movie actress Marilyn Monroe.
President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested and accused of the crime but was shot and killed by Jack Ruby two days later, before a trial could take place. The FBI and the Warren Commission officially concluded that Oswald was the lone assassin. However, the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded that those investigations were flawed and that Kennedy was probably assassinated as the result of a conspiracy.
The 50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy's death is commemorated with a four stamp issue and First Day Cover as shown above. The date stamp represents the Seal of the President of the United States of America.
Technical details: The designer of the stamps is Denise Durkin of Wellington, New Zealand. The printer of the stamps is Southern Color Print, Dunedin, New Zealand. The printing process used for the stamps is Offset Litho. The stamp size is 37.0 mm x 37.0 mm. The perforation gauge is 14.40 x 14.62. The stamp denominations are: $1.00, $1.80; $2.10; and $3.00. The paper on which the stamps are printed is Tullis Russell High Reading Yellow/Green Phosphor, 103gsm stamp paper. The period of sale of the stamps is November 22, 2013 for a period of two years.
Pitcairn Stamp Issues
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Below is a listing of all Pitcairn stamps issued since 1940 when Pitcairn Island began issuing its own stamps