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



Veterans World War I
Pencil on paper

Artist: Robert A. Anderson
Art director: Richard Sheaff
First day of issue: August 26, 1985

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Once a popular method of reproducing art, engraving no longer figures prominently on U.S. postage stamps, but this World War I stamp demanded a traditional approach. Robert A. Anderson created a lead-pencil drawing that was later engraved by Czeslaw Slania, a world-renowned stamp engraver. Slania’s detailed work, the result of breathtaking patience, has appeared on more than a thousand stamps worldwide.


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