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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.
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.
The 1974 ten cent Christmas stamp is an angel based on a painting of an altarpiece at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.
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 1900’s.
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.
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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