Arago: Mothers of America Issue

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Mothers of America Issue

A violet 3-cent stamp was issued on May 2, 1934, as a tribute to the mothers of America. The issue was largely at the behest of the American War Mothers organization. The stamp design is an adaptation of James A. McNeill Whistler's painting 'Portrait of my Mother' (originally titled 'An Arrangement in Gray and Black'). Many artists criticized the design as a 'mutilation' of Whistler's painting, which was drastically cropped to emphasize the figure of the mother. A picture on the wall was deleted, and a vase of flowers was added, among other changes.

The stamp was issued in both rotary press and flat plate printings, with the usual small differences in dimension. The flat plate version was reissued on March 15, 1935, in an imperforate, ungummed special printing.


Additional Records
  • Overview
  • 3c Mothers of America Whistler's mother rotary press single
  • 3c Mothers of America approved large die proof
  • 3c Mothers of America plate block of four
  • 3c Mothers of America plate proof
  • 3c Mothers of America President Franklin D. Roosevelt sketch
  • 3c Mothers of America plate proof
  • 3c Mothers of America plate proof
  • 3c Mothers of America top plate block of six
  • 3c Mothers of America Whistler's mother flat plate single
  • 3c Mothers of America Farley special printing center line block of four
  • 3c Mothers of America original 'Farley's Follies' uncut press sheet of 200
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