USPS Releases 2020 Ruth Asawa Stamp


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The U.S. Postal Service honors pioneering Japanese American artist Ruth Asawa (1926-2013). Showcasing Asawa’s wire sculptures, the pane includes 20 stamps, with two each of 10 designs, featuring photographs by Dan Bradica and Laurence Cuneo. The selvage features a photograph of Asawa taken by Nat Farbman in 1954 for Life magazine. Ethel Kessler served as art director and designer.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide. Videos of most stamp ceremonies will be available on facebook.com/usps.

The pane includes 20 stamps, featuring photographs by Laurence Cuneo and Dan Bradica for David Zwirner. The selvage features a photograph of Asawa taken by Nat Farbman in 1954 for Life magazine. Ethel Kessler served as art director and designer for this issuance.

Stamps are available now >

Information on ordering first-day-of-issue postmarks and covers is at usps.com/shopstamps under “Collectors.”

Paul Lanier, son of Ruth Asawa; George Takei of The Japanese American National Museum; and Jonathan Laib, of David Zwirner Gallery participated in the virtual opening event with USPS officials:

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