Rhode Island First
Day of Issue Covers
Ratification of the Constitution - Rhode Island
Issued May 29, 1990 in Pawtucket, RI - Scott #2348
Stamp Design is the Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI
Philatelic Society (RIPS) Cachet
Showing the Independent Man Statue Atop the Statehouse
The statue of
the Independent Man which stands atop the
dome of the Rhode Island Statehouse
in Providence was designed by
George T. Brewster and cast by the
Gorham Company of Providence. It was placed
on top of the statehouse on December 18, 1899.
The golden statue
stands 14 feet from the base to the tip of the
spear and weighs 500 pounds. It was
originally planned to erect a stature
of Roger Williams, however no likeness
of Williams could be found for a model.
The statue is clad only in a lion skin
with his right hand holding a spear
and his left hand resting on an anchor;
the symbol of Rhode island since 1647.
the Rhode Island Philatelic Exhibition; an
annual show staged in various RI cities and towns each year.
This cover was produced for RIPEX XXV, held
beginning on June 3, 1990. There were several
covers produced for the show, some with RIPEX
cancellations and some with Bicentennial First
Day cancels. Three RIPEX XXV
covers are shown on these pages.
The Rhode Island
Philatelic Society (RIPS)
also maintains a website:
||Thinking Man Cachet
- RIPEX XXV - Show Cancel
||Slater Mill Cachet
- RIPEX XXV - Bicentennial First Day Cancel
Rhode Island Superlatives