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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations
September 5-6, 1998:

Postage stamp-sized art for...postage stamps.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries

"The biggest challenge was fitting 20 good subjects in one
page, and I decided I had to take a detail or square out
of each one."

Artist Howard Paine designed the Four Centuries of
American Art stamps, now at your post office.  Paine
admits many great American artists are missing.

"What we tried to do was show the earliest paintings,
which were mostly primitive portraits, and then go West
and show the Great West they were discovering, and then
come down through the urban pictures, like the Ashcan
School into Modern Art."

Paine says a key painting in the set of 20 was "American
Gothic," the severe-looking farmer and daughter with
the pitchfork.

"If someone looks at the sheet and sees 'American Goth--'
'Oh, I know that one,' and that's the entry."

Paine says he almost put American Gothic into the 1930s
Celebrate the Century sheet instead.  THOSE stamps should
be in your post office on Thursday.

And that's stamp collecting this week.

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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