Art of the Stamp
From the Collection of the United States Postal Services

Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003)

Stars of the Silent Screen: ZaSu Pitts (1994)

Al Hirschfeld’s signature style includes sweeping lines and intricate curves that capture the essence of likeness and personality. The most celebrated caricaturist of our time, he has documented the drama and humor of American film and theater for more than 75 years. Born in St. Louis in 1903, he studied at the Art Students League in New York and the Academie Julian in Paris before working for two major movie studios. His long relationship with The New York Times began in 1925, and his drawings also appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Time, Rolling Stone, and TV Guide. The first artist to have his name published on a stamp booklet, he is also the first to include hidden writing in his designs. His 15 U.S. stamps honor noted comedians and silent film stars.



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