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



American Sports: Lou Gehrig
Gouache on board

Artist: Bart Forbes
Art director: Jack Williams
First day of issue: June 10, 1989

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Given the small canvases at their disposal, stamp artists often have to choose between a tiny depiction of a great American in action or a standard head-and-shoulders portrait. In this tribute to Lou Gehrig, Bart Forbes successfully blends both elements, portraying Gehrig’s dignity while also illustrating the context of his athletic career.


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