Artist: C.F. Payne
Art director: Howard E. Paine
First day of issue: September 1, 1994
Airbrush, ink, and colored pencil on paper taped to board
For his portrait of Ethel Merman, illustrator C.F. Payne favored a slightly elongated effect that accentuates the singer’s verve and vitality. Twinkling lights provide visual shorthand to suggest a stage or nightclub.