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



Little House on the Prarie Literary Arts:
Little House on the Prairie
Ayn Rand Literary Arts:
Ayn Rand
Elvis Presley Legends of American Music: Elvis Presley American Folk Art: Carousel Animals American Folk Art:
Carousel Animals
James Dean Legends of Hollywood: James Dean Bela Lugosi as Dracula Classic Movie Monsters: Bela Lugosi as Dracula
Zasu Pitts Stars of the Silent Screen: ZaSu Pitts Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's Monster Classic Movie Monsters: Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s Monster
Marilyn Monroe Legends of Hollywood: Marilyn Monroe Cary Grant Legends of Hollywood:
Cary Grant
Audrey Hepburn Legends of Hollywood: Audrey Hepburn Walt Disney Walt Disney
Oklahoma! Broadway Musicals: Oklahoma! Arthur Fiedler Classical Composers and Conductors: Arthur Fiedler
Patsy Cline Country and Western Music: Patsy Cline Jazz and Blues Singers: Billie Holiday
Popular Singers: Ethel Merman Louis Armstrong Jazz Musicians: Louis Armstrong
Glenn Miller Big Band Leaders: Glenn Miller Woody Guthrie Folk Musicians: Woody Guthrie
Zora Neale Hurston Literary Arts: Zora Neale Hurston  


Arts and Entertainment

Our nation’s artistic endeavors, distinctly democratic and uniquely American, resonate internationally. A global audience enjoys our literature, films, and music, and our stamps further represent American diversity and creativity to the world.

Challenged to “work small,” stamp artists are restricted to a canvas no larger than four times the size of the final, printed stamp—even when the subject is a larger-than-life entertainment legend. The resulting works of art are therefore masterpieces in miniature, each one faithfully capturing the essence of a cultural icon.

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