with a Story
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.