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



First Voyage of Christopher Columbus: Crossing the Atlantic
Gouache on board

Artist: Richard Schlecht
Art director: Joe Brockert
First day of issue: April 24, 1992

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For this stamp, one of four illustrating the 1492 voyage of Christopher Columbus, the Postal Service commissioned artist Richard Schlecht. Trained as an Army illustrator and known for specializing in underwater archaeology and maritime history, Schlecht brought his remarkable eye for detail to this painting, ensuring a sense of authenticity as well as drama


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