The Department issued this 4-cent stamp through the Washington, DC, post office on October 4, 1961, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frederic Remington (1861-1909), a distinguished American painter, sculptor, and author. Featured on the stamp is a portion of Remington's oil painting entitled "The Smoke Signal." The two Native Americans, in the process of sending a message by smoke signals, fill the left area of the painting, which also pictures their horses and another Native American astride his own horse.
Designed by Charles R. Chickering, the stamp was printed on the Giori press and issued in panes of fifty stamps each. An initial printing of 100 million stamps was authorized.
Postal Bulletin (August 24, 1961).