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



Joe Louis
Watercolor on Bristol board

Artist: Thomas Blackshear II
Art director: Terrence W. McCaffrey
First day of issue: June 22, 1993

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For this first U.S. stamp to honor a professional boxer, Thomas Blackshear painted an engaging portrait that was later rendered into finely engraved lines. The final stamp also included bold lettering, which evoked the style of vintage boxing posters.


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