On January 31, 2008, in Cleveland, Ohio, the Postal Service issued a 41-cent Charles W. Chesnutt commemorative stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of twenty stamps. Howard E. Paine of Delaplane, Virginia, designed the stamp.
With the thirty-first stamp in the Black Heritage series, the USPS honored Charles W. Chesnutt, a pioneering writer recognized as a major innovator and singular voice among turn-of-the-century literary realists who probed the color line in American life. Art director Howard Paine wanted a stamp that emphasized Chesnutt's intelligence and dignity. The portrait, painted by stamp artist Kazuhiko Sano of Mill Valley, California, is based on a 1908 photograph from the special collections of Fisk University's Franklin Library.
Avery Dennison (AVR), Clinton, South Carolina, printed 125 million stamps, twenty per pane, in the gravure process.
Reference: "Philately," Postal Bulletin (December 20, 2007).
Scott Catalogue USA: 4222
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Museum ID: 2008.2021.15