Arago: Thomas Eakins Issue

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Thomas Eakins Issue

The 5-cent Thomas Eakins postage stamp, the seventh in the annually issued American Painting Series, was first placed on sale at Washington, DC, on November 2, 1967. This was the first US stamp to be printed by the gravure method.

The stamp was based on Eakins' oil painting "The Biglin Brothers Racing," which hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

The stamp was designed by Robert L. Miller and was issued in panes of fifty, with an initial printing of 120 million. The Photogravure and Color Company printed the stamps using the photogravure technique.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (October 12, 1967).


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