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

 

Lighthouses: Sandy Hook, New Jersey Lighthouses: Sandy Hook, New Jersey Lighthouses: West Quoddy Head, Maine Lighthouses: West Quoddy Head, Maine
Mount McKinley, Alaska National Parks Centennial: Mt. McKinley, Alaska Rural America: Chautauqua Tent and Buggies
Smithsonian Institution American Architecture: Smithsonian Institution

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright American Architecture: Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright

Rural America: Wheat Fields and Train Rural America: Wheat Fields and Train  

 

The American Scene

Landscape painters traditionally work on immense canvases, overwhelming the eye with the majesty of American vistas or the focused charm of picturesque landmarks.

Stamp artists enjoy no such luxury. Instead, their creative challenge is to depict American grandeur on a miniscule scale. For the artists who succeed at this task, the stamps that feature their work—smaller than paintings, tinier than postcards—enjoy one of the largest audiences possible. Throughout the United States and around the world, millions of people see these stamps and know without question that they are enjoying a careful depiction of a distinctly American scene.

 

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