Object of the Month
Breast Cancer Stamp

1998 Breast Cancer Stamp
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FUND THE FIGHT, FIND A CURE: In 1998, the U.S. Postal Service issued its first semipostal—a stamp sold with a surcharge to raise funds for a specific cause. In this case, the cause was one Americans took to heart: breast cancer research. Then-U.S. Postal Service art director Ethel Kessler, a breast cancer survivor, collaborated with Baltimore-based illustrator Whitney Sherman to create a compelling design for the stamp based on Diana, goddess of the hunt—a strong, survival-minded figure. The image of a woman reaching above and behind her also can be interpreted as a woman conducting a breast self-examination.

The stamp, reissued multiple times since its launch, remains popular today. It has raised more than $86 million for breast cancer research. Learn More

 

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Image Credit: Copyright United States Postal Service. All rights reserved. Courtesy National Postal Museum.

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