Popular Singers: Ethel Merman
Airbrush, ink, and colored pencil on paper taped
Art director: Howard E. Paine
First day of issue: September 1, 1994
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.