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Homestead Act, 1862-1962 : 4 cents, U.S. postage
Homestead Act, 1862-1962 : 4 cents, U.S. postage
TitleHomestead Act, 1862-1962 : 4 cents, U.S. postage
Date of Original1962
DescriptionStamp image based on the John Bakken sod house photograph, originally taken by John McCarthy, but children removed. Shows man leaning on shovel looking at woman outside door of sod house. Actual stamp attached to lower right corner of enlarged color print.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectAgriculture
Pioneer Era
Subject (LCTGM)Homesteading
Sod buildings
Subject (LCSH)Sod houses
Personal NameBakken, John, 1871-1965
LocationMilton (N.D)
Silvesta (N.D. : Township)
Walsh County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item Number2028.240
Format of OriginalPostage stamps
Color images
Dimensions of Original3 x 4 cm.
Transcription"The Homestead Act commemorative stamp. The John Bakken sod house picture was used as the basis for the design of this stamp" - Label with hand-colored print.
NotesTitle taken from stamp.
Biography/HistoryJohn Bakken was born in 1871 at Benson, Minn. of Norwegian immigrants. In 1881 the family moved to near Milton, N.D., where in 1893 he married Marget Axvig, born in Norway. In 1896 they homesteaded in Silvesta Township, Walsh County, N.D. and farmed there until retiring to Edinburg, N.D. in 1942. Marget died in 1948 and John in 1965.
Also used by Norway on its postage stamp in 1975 commemorating the sesquicentennial of Norwegian emigration to America.
External ResourceImages featured on "Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920" part of American Memory, Library of Congress:
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionFred Hultstrand History in Pictures Collection 2028
Credit LineFred Hultstrand History In Pictures Collection, NDIRS-NDSU, Fargo (2028.240)
Digital IDrs002531
Original SourceStamp
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