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2c Mary Lyon single
- Pioneer women's educator Mary Lyon was featured on the 2-cent Great Americans Series regular stamp issued February 28, 1987, in South Hadley, Massachusetts, home of Mount Holyoke College, which she founded.
- Ron Adair of Richardson, Texas, designed the stamp, the 37th in the series. He also designed the 15-cent Everett Dirksen and 20-cent John Hanson commemorative stamps, both issued in 1981, and the 1-cent Margaret Mitchell stamp in the Great Americans Series, issued in 1986.
- Mary Lyon's efforts were a major factor in the spread of higher education for women in the United States. The strongest influence on elementary and secondary education in the East during the mid-1800's came through the many students from Mary Lyon's schools who went out to teach.
- She organized Wheaton College in 1834 in Norton, Massachusetts, and founded Mount Holyoke in 1837 by raising more than $12,000 -- enough to construct a five-story building that housed a faculty of four and a first class of eighty young women.
- When she died twelve years later, she left behind a permanent institution of advanced education endowed with $68,000, filled with able students, and staffed by a corps of dedicated teachers.
- Art director for the stamps was Jack Williams; modeler was Clarence Holbert; typographer was Bradbury Thompson; engravers were Joseph S. Creamer, Jr., (vignette) and Robert G. Culin, Sr. (lettering and numerals). The intaglio process was used. The stamps were issued in panes of 100.
- Postal Bulletin (January 22, 1987).
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- National Postal Museum
- February 28, 1987
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- Mary Lyon, American, 1797 - 1849
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- paper; ink (bright blue); adhesive / engraving
- United States of America
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