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



California Gold Rush
Oil on board

Artist: John Berkey
Art director: Howard E. Paine
First day of issue: June 18, 1999

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Several scholars helped to ensure the accuracy of the clothing and equipment shown in this painting, but one historian raised an interesting point: Free black men participated in the gold rush, too. Using new reference pictures, the design team altered the final stamp to reflect this important fact.


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