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Paul Calle, 1969, Acrylic on Board
The exhibit showcases the artwork that has been used on United States postage. Each piece of art in the exhibit was commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service over a 40-year time frame, from 1967 through 2006. A variety of artistic techniques, such as oil painting, watercolors, photography, and pen and ink drawings, were used in the creation of the artworks. These images are then reduced in size, sometimes by a hundred-fold, to fit on a postage stamp.
10-cent Air Mail Stamp, 1969
In 1969, the United States featured the painting on a 10-cent stamp caption "First Man On The Moon". Interestingly, the original painting was done in acrylic, but the stamp shows the fine lines of the engraving process, which slightly alters the appearance of the image.
Be sure to visit the National Postal Museum's online exhibit Trailblazers and Trendsetters: The Art of the Stamp. The website is located at http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/tt/exhibit/.
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