A two cent stamp issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Yorktown was first issued October 19, 1931. These beautiful commemorative stamps were place on sale at the post offices in Yorktown, Virginia and Wethersfield, Connecticut. At the time of "First Day of Issue" stamp collectors could send up to 10 addressed letters for first day of issue cancellation. The Yorktown stamps were placed on sale elsewhere, October 20, 1931.
Why Wethersfield, Connecticut and Yorktown, Virginia? Wethersfield was the home of Silas Deane. Deane did more than anyone else to enlist the aid of France in the cause of the American Revolution. The town was also the place where plans for the battle of Yorktown were made by General George Washington and others who participated in the battle.
Yorktown Commemorative Postage Stamp are rectangular in shape and printed in two colors. The background being red and the three portraits composing the central design in black. In a horizontal line across the top of the stamp are the words "United States Postage" in small letters. Directly below on a white ribbon panel in red lettering is the word "Yorktown" in the center with the dates on either side, "1781" at the left and "1931" on the right. At the base of the stamp in a small panel with curled scrolls at either end is the word "Cents" in white letters. In each lower corner in a small panel is the numeral "2" in white.
Extending across the center of the stamp are three ovals, which are the images of Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur Rochambeau, George Washington and Francois Joseph Paul Compte de De Grasse.
The battle of Yorktown was certainly a turning point in the American Revolution. Like the Polish Count Casimir Pulaski's 2 Cent U.S. Commemorative Stamp which honors the Polish contribution to the American Revolution, the Yorktown stamp honors the French contribution.