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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 12/30/2010

New postal stamps commemorate Ft. Sumter, First Manassas

By Linda Wheeler

Collectors of all things Civil War will be very happy with two new stamps that the U.S. Postal Service will issue on April 12. One commemorates Fort Sumter with a brilliantly colored reproduction of a Currier & Ives lithograph showing blue water, orange flames and black smoke billowing from the fort. The other uses more subtle colors in depicting fighting at First Manassas and is taken from a 1964 painting by Sidney E. King.

These two are the beginning of a series of stamps commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, according to the Postal Service. A souvenir sheet of two stamps will be issued each year through 2015.

The Civil War commemorative stamps are the “forever” variety.

By Linda Wheeler  | December 30, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
Categories:  150th anniversary, News  
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December 30, 2010

Currier & Ives were publisher's of chromist-made reproductions, not lithographs.

A chromist is someone who copies another artist's work.

Lithographs are original works of visual art that "must be wholly executed by hand by the artist and excluding any mechanical and photomechanical process."

Reproductions versus lithographs are not interchangeable, much less the same.

To learn more about the true history of the Currier & Ives Canard and what constitute an authentic lithograph, cut & paste this link:

Gary Arseneau
artist, creator of original lithographs & scholar
Fernandina Beach, Florida

Posted by: gwarseneau | December 30, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

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