Rural America: Chautauqua Tent and Buggies

Painting of a large tent with people, hourses, and buggies in the foreground, and a house and a water tower in the background

Artist: John Falter
Art director: Stevan Dohanos
First day of issue: August 6, 1974

Gouache on board

This stamp honoring the Chautauqua Movement is a fine example of how our national memory is preserved through stamps. Inspired by an institution based in Chautauqua, New York, traveling tent shows like this one brought education, entertainment, and religious inspiration to rural America long before the advent of modern media.

Art of the Stamp

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