Monday, August 10, 2015

Elaine Rawlinson

[USA] (b 1911/d ?)

"Elaine Rawlinson studied at  the National Academy of Design School and also attended Mural painting at the Beaux-Arts Institute...In 1933, devoted stamp collector and newly-elected President Franklin Roosevelt suggested a set of stamps honoring past presidents. The Post Office Department opened the first national competition in 1937 to gather potential designs for the first stamp in the new Presidential Series, which would feature George Washington. (..) Elaine’s design, which featured a side profile view of Washington from sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon’s bust at Mount Vernon, stood out in its simplicity... (..) The Bureau of Engraving and Printing temporarily employed Elaine to design the first few lower stamp values of the series. She was the first person outside of Bureau employees to officially design a postage stamp.."

"Although the design used on the half-cent, one cent and the one and one-half cent stamps is an adaptation of her work, Miss Elaine Rawlinson is given credit by the Government as the designer of the stamps. "


USA 1938 "US Presidents" (32,32,3) [Engr (J. Eissler  /  Lettering: J. T. Vail)][RPP] Sc(804)

Philipinnes 1941 "Jose Rizal y Mercado" (2,1) [Recess (BEP)] Sc(461,462)

[ Elaine Rawlinson was in fact the First American Woman outside the BEP to design a US stamp, but it was not the first to design stamps.. that Honor goes to Lady Carter, I think , that designed two  stamps for Barbados in 1906..]

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