Letter Art: Graphic Design for the Masses, the One-Horse Open Sleigh Stamp


When I was much younger, I remember going with my grandmother to the Post Office. She took time to examine all the available stamps before choosing ones she liked. I wondered, and probably said, ‘Why bother? They’re just stamps.’ These days I find myself doing the same thing, opting for a moment of beauty in a mundane task. Which leads me to wonder about the artists who create stamps. Millions see their work; no one knows their name.

“The late Howard E. Paine was the art director. Artist Steve McCracken of Winchester, VA, created original art for the project.” Postal Service to Dedicate Christmas Carols Forever Stamps

Howard E. Paine
If anyone has information/links for artist Steve McCracken, please let me know. Steve McCracken Illustration, per comment below.
A Short Course on First Day Covers from the American First Day Cover Society, proving that there is an organization for everything. Although, given the number of horse associations to which I pay dues each year, I cannot cast the smallest pebble,

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

3 thoughts on “Letter Art: Graphic Design for the Masses, the One-Horse Open Sleigh Stamp

  1. I’m a stamp collector, although in the past years I haven’t done much with my collections. I collect topically, that is, based on what is shown on the stamp. My biggest collection is horses on stamps. Linn’s Stamp News, for which I write word search puzzles, always has information on the stamp designers and artists for all new American issues. I used to belong to the American Philatelic Society and the American Topical Association, as well as some horse organizations. Don’t belong to anything any more.

  2. @debandtoby: “American Topical Association” As I said above, it amazes me what is out there.

    @Anon: Yes, that looks more suitable than the Steve Ms I was finding. This one mentions stamps on his About page. Thank you.

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