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60-cent Coverlet Eagle

The Postal Service issued a 60-cent Coverlet Eagle (two-ounce rate) definitive stamp in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of twenty on July 12, 2002, at the Americover Show in Oak Brook, Illinois. The stamp, designed by Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, Arizona, went on sale nationwide July 13, 2002.

This stamp features an artistic rendering by Arthur G. Merkley of a detail from a coverlet made circa 1853 by weaver Harry Tyler. Tyler typically wove the name of his customer, the date the coverlet was made, and "Jefferson Co. N.Y." in the two bottom corners of the coverlets. He signed his works in the corner blocks using distinctive symbols, such as a lion motif. In 1845, Tyler introduced the eagle that is depicted in the stamp art as his signature.

Merkley's circa 1941 rendering is part of the Index of American Design, a visual record of American material culture now housed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Ashton-Potter (USA), Ltd., printed 100 million stamps in the offset process.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (June 13, 2002).


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