painting of George Gershwin's side profile
George Gershwin stamp art, 1973

Illustrator: Mark English

George Gershwin was one of America’s greatest Broadway writers, orchestral composers, and popular songwriters. His satirical play Let Them Eat Cake was the first musical comedy to win a Pulitzer Prize. Porgy and Bess, Gershwin’s greatest Broadway play, was widely regarded as America’s first folk opera.

Courtesy United States Postal Service, Postmaster General's Collection