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


The Elvis Ballot The Elvis Stamp: America elects a King The Bill Pickett Incident The Bill Pickett incident: A U.S. stamp repeats - and then corrects - an error in the historical record
Looney Tunes: Bugs Bunny Bugs Bunny appears on a commemorative stamp Michael Osborne's 2002 Love Stamp Michael Osborne's 2002 Love stamp
Funding Breast Cancer ResearchThe Breast Cancer Research semipostal  


Stamps with a Story

The American public takes an intense interest in the subjects that appear on stamps, but few people are privy to the twists and turns that stamp art takes before it appears on millions of envelopes. Each stamp begins with a series of sketches and drawings, as artists and designers explore a wide array of concepts and experiment with different approaches. Drawn from the files of U.S. Postal Service designers, the artwork shown here offers a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of several high-profile stamps—and at the controversies they sometimes provoke.


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