Friday, August 1, 2008

Louis in post stamp

In 1993, fifty-six years after Joe Louis lifted the coveted crown from the head of heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock with a lethal right-hand punch on June 22, 1937, and 55 years after he defended the title on the same date in 1938 by dismantling Nazi Germany's then symbol of White supremacy Max Schmeling with paralyzing punches, the U.S. Postal Service chose the anniversary date of the two historic fights to issue a 29 cents Joe Louis Commemorative Stamp.
From the moment the American-born boxing legend died of a heart attack on April 12, 1981, the U.S. Postal Service started receiving hundreds of letters from across the country requesting a postage stamp honoring the unforgettable champion.

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