In May 1962, Postmaster General J. Edward Day announced the competition for the design of a United States stamp commemorating the Battle of Gettysburg. This particular stamp would be the third stamp in a series of five covering major battles of the Civil War. This is an interesting article dealing with the process of choosing art for U.S. stamps and the politics involved. Artists will be able to relate to this article as there were almost 1,000 entries submitted. These artists had to wait months to find out the winning entry. To read the article and view other submitted pieces of art, please visit the Smithsonian National Postal Museum website.
Photos courtesy Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
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