Exhibition Images

The Art of the Stamp

California Gold Rush
Artist: John Berkley
Oil on Board
Art Director: Howard E. Paine
First day of issue: June 18, 1999

Scholars helped to ensure the accuracy of clothing and equipment details in this image. But one historian raised an interesting point: free black men also participated in the gold rush. Using new reference pictures, the design team altered the final stamp to reflect this important fact.

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