1998 32c Celebrate the Century,1900s: Gibson Girl

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US #3182m
1998 Gibson Girl – Celebrate the Century (1900s)

• Part of the first sheet in the Celebrate the Century stamp series issued from 1998-2000
• Honors illustrator Charles Dana Gibson and the famous Gibson Girl
• Includes text on the back with historical details


Stamp Category:
Commemorative
Series: Celebrate the Century
Value: 32¢ First Class Mail Rate
First Day of Issue: February 3, 1998
First Day City: Washington, DC
Quantity Issued: 188,000,000
Printed by: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method: Offset, Intaglio
Format: Panes of 15
Perforations: 11.6
Tagging: Block Tagging

Why the stamp was issued: To commemorate illustrator Charles Dana Gibson and his depiction of the modern American woman in the 1900s.

About the stamp design: Pictures gouache and colored pencil illustration of the classic Gibson Girl by artist Richard Waldrep. Includes the following text on the back “Created by illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, the Gibson Girl set the fashion for the ideal American woman at the turn of the century.”

First Day City: The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held in Washington, DC, with legendary radio and television host Larry King as master of ceremonies.

About the Celebrate the Century series: The USPS launched the Celebrate the Century series in 1998 to mark the end of the 20th century and herald the arrival of the 21st. The series includes 10 sheets of 15 stamps (150 in total), with each honoring important moments from a different decade (1900s, 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s). At the time of completion, it was the longest and most ambitious commemorative stamp series in US history.

History the stamp represents: The Gibson Girl first appeared in illustrations in a weekly humor magazine called Life. The creation of illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, she represented the ideal of American femininity at the turn of the century. She was intended to be a typical society woman, portrayed in pen and ink drawings as attractive and intelligent.

The weekly series of illustrated stories was a favorite with Gibson Girl fans. Her popularity also carried over to other products licensed to portray her image. She appeared on china plates, silverware, and pillows, as well as on the Gibson Girl wallpaper.

With his “girl,” Charles Dana Gibson actually created a distinctive female look. The upswept hair, long neckline, and fashionable dress became a popular style for a generation of women. Although Gibson created other popular serials and illustrations, the Gibson Girl remains the best known of his drawings and is characteristic of his fine line style. The artist’s vision of beauty launched one of the earliest, uniquely American fashion trends.

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US #3182m
1998 Gibson Girl – Celebrate the Century (1900s)

• Part of the first sheet in the Celebrate the Century stamp series issued from 1998-2000
• Honors illustrator Charles Dana Gibson and the famous Gibson Girl
• Includes text on the back with historical details


Stamp Category:
Commemorative
Series: Celebrate the Century
Value: 32¢ First Class Mail Rate
First Day of Issue: February 3, 1998
First Day City: Washington, DC
Quantity Issued: 188,000,000
Printed by: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method: Offset, Intaglio
Format: Panes of 15
Perforations: 11.6
Tagging: Block Tagging

Why the stamp was issued: To commemorate illustrator Charles Dana Gibson and his depiction of the modern American woman in the 1900s.

About the stamp design: Pictures gouache and colored pencil illustration of the classic Gibson Girl by artist Richard Waldrep. Includes the following text on the back “Created by illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, the Gibson Girl set the fashion for the ideal American woman at the turn of the century.”

First Day City: The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held in Washington, DC, with legendary radio and television host Larry King as master of ceremonies.

About the Celebrate the Century series: The USPS launched the Celebrate the Century series in 1998 to mark the end of the 20th century and herald the arrival of the 21st. The series includes 10 sheets of 15 stamps (150 in total), with each honoring important moments from a different decade (1900s, 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s). At the time of completion, it was the longest and most ambitious commemorative stamp series in US history.

History the stamp represents: The Gibson Girl first appeared in illustrations in a weekly humor magazine called Life. The creation of illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, she represented the ideal of American femininity at the turn of the century. She was intended to be a typical society woman, portrayed in pen and ink drawings as attractive and intelligent.

The weekly series of illustrated stories was a favorite with Gibson Girl fans. Her popularity also carried over to other products licensed to portray her image. She appeared on china plates, silverware, and pillows, as well as on the Gibson Girl wallpaper.

With his “girl,” Charles Dana Gibson actually created a distinctive female look. The upswept hair, long neckline, and fashionable dress became a popular style for a generation of women. Although Gibson created other popular serials and illustrations, the Gibson Girl remains the best known of his drawings and is characteristic of his fine line style. The artist’s vision of beauty launched one of the earliest, uniquely American fashion trends.