1977 Surrender At Saratoga Plate Block of 10 13c Postage Stamps - MNH, OG - Sc# 1728

1977 Surrender At Saratoga Plate Block of 10 13c Postage Stamps - MNH, OG - Sc# 1728

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On October 7, 1977, in Schuylerville, NY. the Postal Service celebrated the 200th anniversary of a decisive defeat at Old Saratoga (now Schuylerville), when British General John Burgoyne found his forces surrounded by American General Horatio Gates and his men. Ten days later on October 17, 1777, the formal surrender took place. Riding forward in splendid uniform, Burgoyne was introduced to the small, plainly-clad American general. Gates, the son of a Duke's housekeeper, was "determined to show his good manners by playing the magnanimous victor." By prearrangement, Burgoyne handed Gates his sword and Gates returned it to him. Stamp designer, Bradbury Thompson, used this scene that John Trumbull reproduced in his famous painting. Europe took note of the amazing news from the woods of upstate New York and the British loss, a significant turning point in the war, contributed to the American Alliance with France.

 

These are real USPS postage stamps that are accepted by the USA Postal Service as payment for mail posted in the USA however the total rates on the stamps posted must equal or exceed the current appropriate postal mailing rate or extra postage must be paid.

 

The stamp set shown in the picture is a stock photo and is likely not a picture of the exact stamp set you will receive in that it may differ in plate number and/or orientation. However the item you will receive will be similar including having a plate number (if one is present in the photos) and the same number of stamps. Stamps titled as MNH, OG will have no significant creases or unnatural gum disturbances unless otherwise noted.