22c Ratification by Connecticut single
- A nineteenth century harbor scene appeared on the design of a commemorative stamp to salute the state of Connecticut, which celebrated its 200th anniversary in 1988. The first day of issue is January 9, 1988, in Hartford, the state capital.
- Connecticut ratified the US Constitution on January 9, 1788, becoming the fifth state to enter the Union. Months earlier, its delegation had taken a vital role in resolving the single most divisive issue at the constitutional convention in Philadelphia -- the ratio of legislative representation between smaller and larger states.
- The resulting agreement, now known as the "Connecticut Compromise," granted each state an equal vote in the Senate, with representation in the House based on population. It was a simple solution that ensured ultimate passage of the Constitution. It endures today as a testament to the canny pragmatism of the Connecticut Yankee.
- Connecticut also has been a leader in business and trade. In its early years, shipbuilding was particularly important. In homage to its rich maritime heritage, the Connecticut stamp design pictures the "Charles W. Morgan," a full-masted whaling ship that survives today in Mystic Seaport at the Museum of America and the Sea.
- Designed by Christopher Calle, the stamps were printed in the offset/intaglio process by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and issued in panes of fifty.
- Postal Bulletin (December 17, 1987).
- Mystic Seaport. http://www.mysticseaport.org/.
- Data Source
- National Postal Museum
- January 9, 1988
- Credit line
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