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Harriet Tubman Stamp Kit

Identifier: MS 00320

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Scope and Contents

A rubber stamp engraved with the name and portrait of Harriet Tubman. Accompanying the stamp is a black felt ink pad and a small bottle (1/3 ounces or 100 cubic centimeters) of black rubber stamp ink. A metal wire is attached to the stamp's white handle, allowing the user to secure the stamp to a permanent station if desired.

This stamp was designed and distributed by Dano Wall, Deputy Director of Manufacturing for Adafruit, an open-source hardware company. Wall's inspiration for the stamp came from the 2017 announcement by United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that plans to include Harriet Tubman on the twenty-dollar bill were indefinitely suspended. On April 20, 2016, then-Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had announced a redesign of the twenty-dollar bill, which included moving President Andrew Jackson's portrait to the bill's reverse and depicting Harriet Tubman on the obverse. Tubman would have been the first woman and the first African American depicted on a United States Note.

This stamp is sized to fit over top of Jackson's portrait on the twenty-dollar bill so that Tubman's portrait and name completely eclipse Jackson's. A semicircle cutout on the stamp's left side is meant to line up with the Federal Reserve System seal printed on every twenty-dollar bill.

A credit card-sized, red instruction card and a replica of the current twenty-dollar bill featuring Jackson's likeness accompany the stamp to encourage users to practice their stamping technique.

Also included in this collection are three stickers: two black-and-white stickers of Tubman's name and portrait as they appear on the stamp and one full-color sticker imagining a twenty-dollar bill with Tubman featured on the obverse. Phrases such as "War Hero," "Spy Master, "Keep Going," "Total Badass," and "#Tubman20" are printed on the Tubman twenty-dollar bill sticker.


  • Creation: 2019

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