What is the Distinguished Americans Stamp Series?

SUMMARY OF THE USPS® DISTINGUISHED AMERICANS STAMP SERIES

NAME OF STAMP

GENERAL INFORMATION

Jose Ferrer

 

Jose Ferrer Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service® honors actor, director, writer, musician, and producer Jose Ferrer (1912–1992), with a stamp in its Distinguished Americans series. Considered one of the most versatile talents of his generation, Ferrer performed on stage and in more than 60 films. He won the first Tony Award for Best Actor — in 1947, the inaugural year for the awards — for playing poet Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway; and for the 1950 film version, he won the Oscar for Best Actor, the first for a Latino. He remains one of the few actors to ever win both awards for playing the same character on stage and on film. The portrait featured on the stamp is an oil painting by Daniel Adel, based on a photograph of Ferrer. Verso text appears on the back of the stamp sheet. Art director Antonio Alcala designed the stamp.

The stamp went on sale nationwide April 26, 2012.

Mary Lasker

 

Mary Lasker Stamp

On May 15, 2009, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ issued a 78-cent, Mary Lasker definitive stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 113200). Designed by Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, Maryland, the stamp went on sale nationwide May 15, 2009.

This stamp, in the Distinguished Americans series, hon­ors Mary Lasker (1900-1994), a philanthropist and citizen activist known for her enduring commitment to increase funding of medical research for major diseases and for her contributions to urban beautification. Created by Mark Summers, Waterdown, Ontario, Canada, the stamp art­work is based on an undated, black and white photograph. Summers is noted for his scratchboard technique, a style distinguished by a dense network of lines etched with exquisite precision.

James A. Michener

 

James A. Michener Stamp

On May 12, 2008, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ issued a 59-cent, James A. Michener definitive stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 107700). The stamp, designed by Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, Arizona, went on sale nationwide May 12, 2008

This stamp in the Distinguished Americans series hon­ors James A. Michener who is best remembered for his novels, often multigenerational sagas that focus on the history of a specific place while spanning vast periods of time. Created by Mark Summers, the stamp art is based on a photograph of Michener from the late 1970s. In both the photograph and the stamp art, Michener is shown wearing a Hawaiian lei around his neck.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

Harriet Beecher Stowe Stamp

The Postal Service™ issued a 75-cent 3-ounce) Harriet Beecher Stowe definitive stamp in a pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 on June 13, 2007, in Washington, DC. The stamp went on sale nationwide June 13, 2007.

This ninth issuance in the Distinguished Americans series honors Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, one of the most influential novels in American history. Artist Mark Summers of Waterdown, Canada, based his portrait of Harriet Beecher Stowe on a circa 1855 stipple engraving by English engraver Francis Holl (1815-1884), which in turn was based on an earlier portrait of Stowe by English painter George Richmond (1809-1896).

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