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

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)

Boy Scouts (1960)
City Mail Delivery (1963)

One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Norman Rockwell aspired to a career in illustration at an early age. He attended the Art Students League in New York and was 19 when he accepted the position of art editor at Boys Life magazine. When he was 22, his artwork was published on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post, which he called “the greatest show window in America for an illustrator.” Best known for his 322 Post covers created between 1916 and 1963, his images have graced the covers and pages of more than 30 periodicals and were commissioned by many prominent corporations during a career that spanned seven decades. In 1977 he received the Presidential Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest civilian commendation, for his “vivid and affectionate portraits of our country.” Rockwell was directly commissioned to create artwork for two stamps, and many of his existing works have also been reproduced on U.S. postage.



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