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William O. Douglas

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Cacheted first day cover honoring the National Capital Sesquicentennial

William Orville Douglas, 1898-1980. Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, 1939-1975.    Cacheted first day cover signed, W O Douglas, postmarked Washington, D.C., August 2, 1950.

Justice Douglas, at 36 years and 209 days the longest-serving Justice in American history, has signed this cover honoring the National Capital Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the United States capital at Washington, D.C.  The cover is postmarked on the first day of issue of the 3 commemorative stamps.  The cachet bears an eagle in flight, a circled drawing of the west front of the Supreme Court building, and a banner declaring the "150th anniversary federal government.

The block of four stamps on this cover depict the United States Supreme Court building.  The purple Supreme Court stamp was one of four designs issued to commemorate the sesquicentennial,  Two other stamps depicted federal buildings:  a green one showing the south front of the White House and a pink one picturing the United States capitol.  A fourth stamp, a vertical blue one depicting the statute of Freedom that sits atop the capitol dome, completed the set.  The four were among 11 commemorative stamps issued in 1950.

Douglas has signed this cover in black felt-tip pen.  The signature is likely an old-age signature.  Douglas served until he was just over 78 years old. 

The piece has a bit of soiling on the back but overall is in very fine condition.

Unframed.  Please ask us about custom framing this piece.


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