Every year postal authorities around the World accept and approve of artwork to be used as postage stamp designs. In the United States, the first 50 years of stamp artwork was mostly the portraits of great American leaders. Since these early days many a topic, landmark, and public awareness theme have adorned U.S. stamps. Talented artists have created lasting images commemorating the beauty of national flora and fauna, the exploration of space and sea, and historic events that shape our nation.
As a young nation it should come as no surprise that one stamp art theme that persists alongside and within all others is Patriotism. Stamp art honoring great actors and actresses may appeal to you while those depicting tropical fish may appeal to me. But Patriotic graphics seem to appeal to us all. The words of the Constitution, the colors of our flag, and the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty unite us as Americans.
William Butler Yeats said, “Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste.” I believe that stamp art proclaims to the World that while we are diverse in culture and beliefs, we are indeed United as Americans.
Related: See our United We Stand U.S. Stamp Collection.