Monday, July 14, 2008

75th Anniversary of Federal Duck Stamps

"This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first federal duck stamp, and a big part of the celebration was a set of brothers whose art again graces the stamp this year," writes Dennis Anderson of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune.

Brothers Bob, Jim and Joe Hautman (shown above) have all won the federal duck stamp contest. Joe most recently won the 2008-09 contest.

According to Anderson, Jay (Ding) Darling, an Iowa newspaper cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize winner was the painter of the first federal duck stamp.

Darling was appointed chief of the federal Bureau of Biological Survey by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1934, and it was his idea to require waterfowl hunters age 16 and older to buy a stamp to raise funds for duck habitat.

To read the entire article,click here

To learn more about Federal Duck Stamps, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM