• Suzanne Munroe

Postage Stamps & Stitch


The "Dorothea Dix" postage stamp was issued in 1983.

Dorothea Dix was an early 19th century activist who drastically changed the medical field during her lifetime. Repulsed by the inhumane treatment of the mentally ill, Dorothea Dix launched a lifelong campaign in 1841 to win relief for the insane and the retarded. During her crusade, she founded 32 mental institutions and improved more than 100 others.

She championed causes for both the mentally ill and indigenous populations. By doing this work, she openly challenged 19th century notions of reform and illness.


The "Disabled Children" postage stamp was issued October 12, 1974 The National Association for Retarded Citizens (NARC) was founded in 1950 to promote the welfare of mentally retarded persons of all ages and to prevent mental retardation. NARC played a major role in the passage of legislation concerned with developmental disabilities.


The "International Woman's Year" postage stamp was issued August 26, 1975

The U.N. declared 1975 to be International Women’s Year in order to focus attention on the status of women in the world, to seek improvement in women’s human rights, and to encourage women’s political involvement.


The "Preserve the environment" postage stamp was issued April 18, 1974

Legendary artist Peter Max designed this pop art stamp saluting Expo '74, the World's Fair at Spokane, Washington.

On May 4, 1974, Expo ’74 opened in Spokane, Washington.

“Celebrating Tomorrow’s Fresh New Environment” was the slogan for the 1974 World’s Fair held in Spokane, Washington. It was the first world’s fair to focus on environmental themes instead of the space age and technological wonders.


The "Energy Conservation" postage stamp was issued in September 23, 1974


The "Register and Vote" Postage stamp was issued in August 1, 1964

The stamp was issued to remind Americans that “voting is both a privilege and a responsibility. The stamp pictures the American flag in its natural colors and is one of few American issues not to include “U.S.” or “U.S.A” in the design.

The "Wildlife Conservation" postage stamp was issued September 20, 1972

The importance of wildlife conservation is stressed with a block of four stamps. My piece showcases the Cardinal. The stamp set included the Alaska Fur Seal, the Cardinal, and the Brown Pelican, which are not necessarily endangered, but in the mid-1970s, there were fewer than 20,000 bighorned sheep. This issue points out the fact that wildlife conservation should be a major concern.



This postage stamp is part of the series "Winter Flowers" issued February 14, 2014.

Across much of the United States, the coming of winter merely signals the blooming of garden varieties that prefer cooler outdoor weather. But in many regions across the north and in higher elevations, winter means snow-covered flower beds and long, dark days inside. Blissfully, nature has given gardeners in those areas a host of stunning flowering plants that are adaptable to the indoors.




"Mary Cassatt" Child in a Straw Hat Postage Stamp was issued August 7, 2003

Artist Mary Stevenson Cassatt was born on May 22, 1844, in Allegheny City (present-day Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania.

In her frequent depictions of children, Mary Cassatt invested relatively quiet and unexceptional moments with considerable dynamism in handling and composition.

Child in a Straw Hat c. 1886, is one of many paintings Cassatt made of little girls appearing to play dress-up. But where Cassatt often portrayed girls taking pleasure in the act of role-playing, here the child’s expression suggests that she is not enjoying herself. Isolated and required to stand still, her demeanor conveys a mixture of pensiveness, frustration, and boredom. While the subject matter captures a languid moment, the paint is handled energetically.After around 1900, most of Cassatt’s paintings focused on mothers and children. She had two paintings on display at the famed 1913 Armory show, which both depicted mothers and children. Cassatt suffered from several health issues that left her nearly blind, forcing her to stop painting in 1914. She died on June 14, 1926. Among the honors bestowed on her since her death are a WWII Liberty ship and induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.




References:

https://www.mysticstamp.com/

Inspiration from a workshop by Artist Jette Clover, www.textileartists.com

https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.61367.html

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