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Mary Cassatt Paintings

The Postal Service issued 37-cent Mary Cassatt commemorative stamps in a pressure-sensitive adhesive double-sided book of twenty stamps on August 7, 2003, in Columbus, Ohio. The stamps, designed by Derry Noyes, Washington, DC, went on sale nationwide August 8, 2003.

Derry Noyes chose artwork by Mary Cassatt for this third issuance in the American Treasures Series. Known especially for her figure studies and engaging portrayals of mothers and children, Mary Cassatt was the only American ever invited to exhibit with the French Impressionists.

The four works of art appearing on the stamps are:

o Young Mother, 1888, The Art Institute of Chicago

o Children Playing on the Beach, 1884, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

o On a Balcony, 1878, The Art Institute of Chicago

o Child in a Straw Hat, circa 1886, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

The stamps were printed in gravure process. Sennett Security Products, located at the American Packaging Corporation in Columbus, Wisconsin, printed 778.8 million stamps.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (July 10, 2003).


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