On January 31, 2008, in Cleveland, Ohio, the Postal Service issued a 41-cent Charles W. Chesnutt commemorative stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of twenty stamps. Howard E. Paine of Delaplane, Virginia, designed the stamp.
With the thirty-first stamp in the Black Heritage series, the USPS honored Charles W. Chesnutt, a pioneering writer recognized as a major innovator and singular voice among turn-of-the-century literary realists who probed the color line in American life. Art director Howard Paine wanted a stamp that emphasized Chesnutt's intelligence and dignity. The portrait, painted by stamp artist Kazuhiko Sano of Mill Valley, California, is based on a 1908 photograph from the special collections of Fisk University's Franklin Library.
Avery Dennison (AVR), Clinton, South Carolina, printed 125 million stamps, twenty per pane, in the gravure process.
"Philately," Postal Bulletin (December 20, 2007).