Art: Gum-Up

What's the matter with U.S. stamps? What, or who, makes them so ugly? The latest atrocity, the Poultry Industry "Commemorative" issued last week (see cut), was right down to standard. Alongside the stamps of France, Belgium or Switzerland, the new U.S. stamp designs look crude and amateurish. How come?

One reason is: too many different stamps. So far in 1948, a total of 17 commemorative stamps have been issued by the Post Office Department, and twelve more are still to come.

U.S. stamps are designed by four busy men in the Treasury's Bureau of...

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