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Angels in Art - US Postage Stamps

The first US postage stamps were issued in 1847: Benjamin Franklin on a five cent stamp and George Washington on a ten cent stamp. The first angel (a weathervane of an angel holding a trumpet) appeared in 1965 on the US Christmas stamp. Other angel stamps would follow in subsequent years.

In 1968 the six cent stamp would show the angel Gabriel as a detail from the "Annunciation" (1434-1436) by Jan van Eyck (credited with the discovery of oil painting). This amazing painting can be seen at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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In 1972 the eight cent Christmas stamp would show angels from detail from "Mary, Queen of Heaven" (1485-1500) by Master of the St. Lucy Legend. This painting can be found at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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The 1974 ten cent Christmas stamp is an angel based on a painting of an altarpiece at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.
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In 1975 the twenty-one cent airmail card showed a weathervane in the form of the angel Gabriel.

The thirty-two cent stamp in 1995 is known as the Midnight Angel stamp. The image for this self-adhesive stamp was taken from a greeting card from the 1900ĺs.
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In 2005 the "Holiday Cookies" series of US stamps shows a Christmas cookie in the shape of an angel.

The 2009 forty-four cent stamp is "Madonna and Child" by Sassoferrato. This painting is in the collection of the Hearst Castle, California.
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The 2010 forty-four cent stamp is that of an angel plucking a lute. The painting is by the Italian early Renaissance artist, Melozzo da Forli. It can be seen at the Pinacoteca art gallery in Vatican City, Italy.
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