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



Legends of the West: Buffalo Bill
Acrylic on canvas affixed to board

Artist: Mark Hess

Art director: Richard Sheaff
First day of issue: October 18, 1994

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Visual reference material was scarce for some of the subjects featured on the Legends of the West stamps, but not for William F. Cody. As the hero of dime novels and the star of a world-famous Wild West show, “Buffalo Bill” left behind a spectacular range of photographs and ephemera that inspired this portrait by Mark Hess.


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