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American Folk Art Series: Woodcarved Figurines

A quartet of 22-cent Woodcarved Figurines stamps, the seventh block of four in the Folk Art Series, was issued on October 1, 1986, in Washington, DC.

Pueblo pottery was pictured in 1977, and a 1980 foursome featured ceremonial masks fashioned by tribes native to the Pacific Northwest. Other crafts featured in the Folk Art Series include Quilts (1978), Pennsylvania Toleware (1979), Duck Decoys (1985), and Navajo Art (1986).

From the colonial era through the nineteenth century, woodcarved figurines were perhaps even more common than today's billboards. The most notable were attached to ship's prows, but they were far outnumbered by carvings made for commercial enterprises on land.

The designs of the four stamps are based on actual woodcarved figurines illustrated in the "Index of American Design." Through a retouching process, figurine colors were enhanced and intensified to achieve better color fidelity in the production of the stamps.

Designed by Bradbury Thompson, the stamps were produced in the gravure process by the American Bank Note Company. The stamps were issued in panes of fifty.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (September 4, 1986).

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