Thursday, August 21, 2008

Artist Documents U.S. History Through Stamps

The Asbury Park Press reports that art has been part of local resident Howard Koslow's life as long as he can recall and remains so.

According to the article, in addition to countless paintings, Koslow, 83, has designed a total of 50 postage stamps for the United States and other countries.

These include the Brooklyn Bridge, Washington National Cathedral, jazz/blues singers the four branches of the government and aviation pioneers stamps which were issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

The postage stamp portraying the lighthouse at Sandy Hook is taken from a painting done by Koslow. It is one of a series of five stamps showing coastal lighthouses created by Koslow in 1990.

Koslow has also designed stamps for the Marshall Islands Postal Service, coins for the U.S. Mint and plates for the Hamilton Collection acording to reporter Bobbi Seidel.

Koslow is quoted in the article as saying, "Designing and illustrating 50 stamps over the years has allowed me in a small way to pictorially participate in the documenting of our American history."

Shown above, Howard in his studio holding one of the many first day covers he has created and stamps portraying naval heroes of World War II that he painted for the Marshall Islands Postal Service.

To read the entire article, click here.
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