National Postal Museum
in Washington DC,
of the Stamp
exhibit showcased over 100 original
pieces of stamp illustrations featured over the past 50 years.
30, 2003 - February 24, 2004.
works of art enjoy as vast an audience as American stamps. At
their most basic, stamps are simple proofs of postage, but with
the addition of graphic designs that honor national heroes and
commemorate historical events, they become something much greater:
compelling works of art that serve, in the words of W.B. Yeats,
as “the silent ambassadors on national taste.”
year, award-winning graphic artists bring their talents to a broad
range of U.S. stamps. Working on unusually small canvases, these
artists surmount truly unique design challenges to create superb
miniature encapsulations of American culture and history.