In 2014, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a new stamp at the second-ounce rate. The stamp is intended for use on envelopes and packages that require additional postage. (An exact release date has not yet been set.)
It features a black-and-white photograph of the statue of President Abraham Lincoln that is housed in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Created by sculptor Daniel Chester French, the statue enshrines the sixteenth President in his prime.
Using photographs and life masks of Lincoln’s face and hands taken before and during the Civil War as inspiration, French cast the President’s features in a stoic expression.
In designing the stamp, art director Derry Noyes chose to work with a photograph of a sculpted portrait of Lincoln rather than a more traditional illustration or painting. Carol M. Highsmith’s photograph of this iconic Lincoln statue offered a fresh take. Noyes selected a detail of the image in order to highlight the President’s features most effectively.
Highsmith is renowned for her photographs of monuments, memorials, and architecture, as well as scenes from across the United States. She has donated her work to the This is America! Library of Congress Collection.