New York City has influenced American society through architecture, art, sports, politics, and other cultural forces.
One reflection of the city’s impact is the number of US postage stamps with a New York City connection. When the United States Postal Service (USPS) issued the voluminous Celebrate the Century stamp series, commemorating significant events across America during the twentieth century, 23 of the 150 stamps had a New York City connection.
The artwork in this exhibition was commissioned by the USPS for stamp production. These pieces are part of the Postmaster General’s Collection, which the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum acquired through a long-term agreement with the USPS.