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


George Washington George Washington Martin Van Buren Martin Van Buren
Buffalo Bill Legends of the West: Buffalo Bill Sacagawea Legends of the West: Sacagawea
John Henry Folk Heroes: John Henry Jean Babtiste Point Du Sable Black Heritage: Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable
Sojourner Truth Black Heritage: Sojourner Truth Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrate The Century: The 1960s
Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Abigail Adams Abigail Adams


American Legends

The first U.S. stamps, issued in 1847, featured portraits of indisputable legends: Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. More than 150 years later, the Postal Service continues this tradition with an ever-expanding gallery of heroes, leaders, and trailblazers who reflect the changing face of the United States.

From the noble profile of a Founding Father to the determined gaze of civil rights leaders, the personalities of these American legends come alive in their portraits.


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