US Stamps

By Jay Bigalke

Ellison, Anderson stamps unveiled

January 17, 2014 08:08 AM

  • The United States 91¢ Ralph Ellison stamp is to be issued in February as part of the Literary Arts series. Ellison authored the novel Invisible Man, published in 1952.

  • The United States 70¢ C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson stamp is to be issued March 13.

The designs for the upcoming United States 91¢ Ralph Ellison stamp and the 70¢ C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson stamp were revealed Jan. 16 by the U.S. Postal Service.

Though the Ellison stamp resembles a commemorative, it is denominated at the 3-ounce domestic letter rate effective Jan. 26.

A February issue date is anticipated. The first-day location was not announced.

The Ellison stamp continues the Literary Arts series as the 29th entry. Ellison was the author of the acclaimed 1952 novel Invisible Man.

Artist Kadir Nelson created the illustration for the stamp following the same layout as previous stamps in the series.

The horizontal stamp has a portrait of Ellison set in front of a Harlem street scene at twilight.

Anderson, an aviation pioneer, is honored with a stamp in the Distinguished Americans series. The painting on the stamp is placed within a dark blue frame.

It is scheduled to be issued March 13 in Bryn Mawr, Pa.