Industrial Design Postage Stamps Showcase America’s Creative Pioneers

Industrial Design Postage Stamps Showcase America’s Creative Pioneers

Commemorative edition of objects created by influential designers, whose work helped shape the look of everyday life in the 20th century.

Emma Hutchings
  • 27 july 2012

The ‘Pioneers of American Industrial Design‘ stamps commemorate the country’s influential designers and the memorable products they made. Released by the U.S. Postal Service, the sheet of Forever stamps honors 12 designers including Raymond Loewy, Walter Dorwin Teague, Henry Dreyfuss, Norman Bel Geddes, Greta von Nessen, Eliot Noyes, and Gilbert Rohde.

Industrial Design Postage Stamps Feature The Products Of American Pioneers

Art director Derry Noyes decided to avoid the standard approach of featuring the designers’ portraits on the stamps and instead selected photos of objects they created. Dean Granholm, Postal Service vice president of Delivery and Post Office Operations, said:

Encompassing everything from furniture and electric kitchen appliances to corporate office buildings and passenger trains, the work of these designers defined the look of modern America, and in doing, revolutionized the way we live and work.

Pioneers of American Industrial Design


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