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



Popular Singers: Ethel Merman
Airbrush, ink, and colored pencil on paper taped to board

Artist: C.F. Payne

Art director: Howard E. Paine
First day of issue: September 1, 1994

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For his portrait of Ethel Merman, illustrator C.F. Payne favored a slightly elongated effect that accentuates the singer’s verve and vitality. Twinkling lights provide visual shorthand to suggest a stage or nightclub.


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