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Ralph Ellison

Literary Arts

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue February 18, 2014
Year 2014
Quantity 30,000,000
Denomination
91-cent Definitive
Denomination Value $0.91
Perforation or Dimension 1.56 x 0.99 in./39.62 x 25.15 mm
Series Literary Arts
Series Time Span 1996 - 2016
Issue Location Kansas City, MO 64108 (No Event)
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Pane of 20 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 1,500,000
Original Purchase Price: $18.20
SKU: 116500
Dimension: 7.25 x 5.85 in./184.15 x 148.59 mm
Printer: CCL Label, Inc.
Printed at: Clinton, SC 29325
Printing Process: Gravure
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Phosphor Tagged, Block; Nonphosphored, Type III
Layout Number: “C” followed by five (5) single digits

Press Sheet W/die Cuts

Quantity Produced - 2,500
Original Purchase Price: $182.00
SKU: 116506

Press Sheet W/o Die Cuts

Quantity Produced - 2,500
Original Purchase Price: $182.00
SKU: 116508

First-day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.35
SKU: 116516

Digital Color Postmark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $2.06
SKU: 116521

Keepsake (pane and Dcp Set)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $20.95
SKU: 116510

Stamp Deck Card

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.95
SKU: 116531

Stamp Deck Card W/dcp

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $2.41
SKU: 116532

About Stamp

On February 18, 2014, in Kansas City, Missouri, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Ralph Ellison 91-cent definitive stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The 91-cent value meets the new rate for First-Class Mail® weighing up to three ounces. The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 18, 2014.

The Ralph Ellison 91-cent Stamps is the 29th stamp in the Literary Arts series honoring author Ralph Ellison (1913-1994). With his 1952 novel Invisible Man, a masterpiece of 20th-century fiction, Ellison drew on a wide range of narrative and cultural traditions, shedding vivid light on the African-American experience while setting a new benchmark for all American novelists.

The stamp art is an oil-on-panel painting featuring a portrait of Ellison based on a black-and-white photograph by Ellison's friend Gordon Parks, a renowned staff photographer for Life magazine. The photo appeared on the back of the dust jacket of the first edition of Invisible Man in 1952.

The background of the stamp art shows a Harlem street at twilight.

Drawing deeply on European and American literature as well as jazz, the blues, African-American folklore, and popular culture, Invisible Man won the National Book Award in 1953. Ellison's nonfiction writing, especially the 1964 collection Shadow and Act, has also been praised for providing touchstones for black artists who loved American culture but often felt excluded by it.

The artwork for this stamp was created by Kadir Nelson. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.

Sold in sheets of 20, the 91-cent Ralph Ellison stamp is designed for the First-Class Mail® three-ounce rate.

Photo of Ralph Ellison courtesy of The Gordon Parks Foundation

Pane of 20 (1 Design)

The Ralph Ellison 91-cent Stamps is the 29th stamp in the Literary Arts series honoring author Ralph Ellison (1913-1994). With his 1952 novel Invisible Man, a masterpiece of 20th-century fiction, Ellison drew on a wide range of narrative and cultural traditions, shedding vivid light on the African-American experience while setting a new benchmark for all American novelists.

The stamp art is an oil-on-panel painting featuring a portrait of Ellison based on a black-and-white photograph by Ellison's friend Gordon Parks, a renowned staff photographer for Life magazine. The photo appeared on the back of the dust jacket of the first edition of Invisible Man in 1952.

The background of the stamp art shows a Harlem street at twilight.

Drawing deeply on European and American literature as well as jazz, the blues, African-American folklore, and popular culture, Invisible Man won the National Book Award in 1953. Ellison's nonfiction writing, especially the 1964 collection Shadow and Act, has also been praised for providing touchstones for black artists who loved American culture but often felt excluded by it.

The artwork for this stamp was created by Kadir Nelson. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.

Sold in sheets of 20, the 91-cent Ralph Ellison stamp is designed for the First-Class Mail® three-ounce rate.

Made in the USA.

Photo of Ralph Ellison courtesy of The Gordon Parks Foundation

Colors

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, 121 (Yellow)

Creators

Designer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Art Director: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Typographer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Artist: Kadir Nelson, Los Angeles, CA.
Engraver: WRE.
Modeler: CCL Label, Inc..

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22382. Copyright: USPS.

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