Every year the US Postal Service sets philatelic societies aflutter by announcing its annual batch of newly created postage stamps. The USPS is notorious for using great illustrators to portray people and scenes from America's history. The 2009 preview is now up, and includes our artists Mark Summers and Gregory Manchess. Also in the mix this year are Michael Deas and Kam Mak, two artists whose work we really adore.
From the USPS:
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial, Feb. 9: Artist Mark Summers used his scratchboard style to portray Lincoln as a rail splitter, a lawyer, a politician and president. The block will be issued before Lincoln’s February 12th birthday.
Oregon Statehood, Jan. 14: The sesquicentennial of the 1859 event, using a seacoast scene by artist Gregory Manchess. This design was released in late August in Oregon. The stamp will be issued in Jan., although statehood date was Feb. 14.