Exhibition Images

The Art of the Stamp

Joe Louis
Artist: Thomas Blackshear, II
Watercolor on Bristol board
Art director: Terrence W. McCaffrey
First day of issue: June 22, 1993

For this first U.S. stamp to honor a professional boxer, Thomas Blackshear painted an engaging portrait that was later rendered into finely engraved lines. Also added to the final stamp was bold lettering, which further evoked the style of vintage boxing posters.

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