FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Stamp News Release #94-041
NEW STAMP SCORES A "10" ON THE APGAR SCALE
 
WASHINGTON, DC (AUGUST 15, 1994)
 
A 20-cent definitive stamp honoring Dr.Viriginia Apgar will be issued by the Postal Service on October 24, 1994. A first day of issue ceremony for the new stamp will be held at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting in Dallas on October 24. Millions of babies around the world have already been blessed with Dr.Apgar's own "stamp of approval." In 1953, she published the Apgar score, a simple assessment method that allows doctors and nurses in the delivery room to make an immediate evaluation of a newborn baby's general condition, aiding identification of those infants who need immediate medical attention. Dr. Apgar was born on June 7, 1909 in Westfield, New Jersey. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1929 and went on to Columbia for her medical degree, and was the first women selected for a full professorship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She aspired to be a surgeon, and then moved into the then relatively new field of anesthesiology, placing special emphasis on the effects of obsteric anesthesia on newborn babies. Dr. Apgar continued her contributions to medicine by serving the National Foundation-March of Dimes, where she directed programs of research in the causes, prevention and treatment of birth defects. The Perinatal Sectiion of the American Academy of Pediatrics named its annual award to her. The Apgar Award is given annually to the person who has done the most to further the cause to care of newborn babies and their mothers. In addition to her medical achievements, Dr. Apgar was known for her sense of humor and empathy for humanity. Some of her other interests included chamber music and stamp collecting. As a prelude to the stamp dedication ceremony, a group of physicians/musicians called the Apgar String Quartest will perform some of Dr. Apgar's favorite selections on instruments she crafted herself.
 
Dr. Apgar died on August 7, 1974.
 
 
Issue: Virginia Apgar 20-cent Regular (Definitive) Stamp
Format: Pane of 100
Issue Date & City: October 24, 1994, Dallas, Texas
Series: Great Americans
Designer: Robert Anderson
Designer City & State: Lexington, Mass.
Previous Designs: Sitting Bull (1989), Red Cloud (1987),
John Harvard (1986)
Typographer: Richard Sheaff, Norwood, Mass.
Art Director: Richard Sheaff, Norwood, Mass.
Engraver: Martin Mork, Banknote Corporation of America
Modeler: Ron Centra, Banknote Corporation of America
Project Manager: Joseph Brockert, U.S. Postal Service
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Process: Intaglio
Press Type: Sheet fed intaglio
Paper Type: Prephosphored
Printed At: Banknote Corporation of America, Suffern, N.Y.
Processed At: Ivex
Color: Brown
Image Area: 0.71 X 0.82 inches, 18.02 X 20.81 mm
Overall Size: 0.84 X 0.99 inches, 21.31 X 25.12 mm
Plate Numbers: "B" followed by one single digit
Plate Size: 4 positions, 400 subjects
Marginal Markings: USPS 1993, plate position diagram, price
Catalog Item Numbers: #1018
First Day Cover #F1018 ( pair)
 
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