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



Legends of Hollywood: James Dean
Oil on board

Artist: Michael J. Deas
Art director: Carl T. Herrman
First day of issue: June 24, 1996

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Even when a portrait is the key element in a stamp design, the background is often charged with symbolic meaning. Here the stormy skies behind James Dean convey inner turbulence; the open plains below suggest the settings of his films and key places in his life.


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