Sunday, July 03, 2011

USPS Art Director's Dad Gets His Own Stamp

Connecticut's Litchfield County Times reports the father of the USPS art director for the new Pioneers of American Industrial Design sheetlet, Derry Noyes, is honored on one of the stamps.

Derry's dad, Eliot Noyes, designed the Selectric typewriter which is shown second from the left on the bottom row of the sheetlet.

Sally Andersen-Bruce, who photographed the various items, is quoted in the article as saying “She [Derry] hired experts in the field to select the best in American industrial design, the pioneers. Much to her pleasure, her dad came up on the list.”

The 11 other designers who are honored on individual stamps include Peter Müller-Munk, Frederick Hurten Rhead, Raymond Loewy, Donald Deskey, Walter Dorwin Teague, Henry Dreyfuss, Norman Bel Geddes, Dave Chapman, Greta von Nessen, Russel Wright and Gilbert Rohde.

Ms. Andersen-Bruce also commented , "“The problem with shooting these products is they’re gone. These are things from the ’40s,’ 50s. If you do find them they’re all beaten up.” Once located by collectors and museums, many had to be restored in order be be photographed.

According to the piece by Jack Coraggio, "Ms. Andersen-Bruce has been snapping stamp pictures since postage was a quarter, in 1988 that is. Her “Adopt a Shelter Pet” series (a collection of adorable cats and dogs mugging for the camera) last year was named most popular of 2010; commemorative issues typically print fewer than 50 million, hers sold more than 300 million."

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM