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



Black Heritage:
Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable

Airbrush, ink, and gouache on board

Artist: Thomas Blackshear II
Art director: Jerry Pinkney
First day of issue: February 20, 1987

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This striking portrait commemorates the businessman and pioneer who is often honored as the founder of Chicago. By including evocative images of a rural landscape and log cabin, artist Thomas Blackshear underscores Du Sable’s role on the American frontier.


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