Friday, August 18, 2017

Gustavo Petronio

[Italy] (b?/d?)

Petronio's Animated Characters (1924)

"Gustavo Petronio was a Graphical Artist and painter but he is mostly known for all his work pioneering the Animated Design in Italy.... (..) during the 20's he owned a Graphical studio in Trieste (his Birth town) where he designed the 3 stamps of the 'Venezia Giulia' Commemoration... (..) Along with Omero Valenti , his business partner , he manage to create 'Sor Arrigo' and his cat, the main characters of a Animated commercial , the first one that brought animated publicity to Italian Cinema (..) the studio produced 4 more of these short films,and the last one was the first to have sound, back in 1930..(..) Petronio's imagination continued through out the years,and until the 50's he created  some more Animated characters ,much more oriented to a children's audience.. "

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Italy 1921 "Union of Venezia Giulia with Italy" (3,1) [Typo (Petiti,Rome)] Sc(130,...,132) [ images credit of StampsItaly ]







Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Herbert M. Sanborn

[USA] (b ?/d ?)



"Herbert Sanborn was born and raised in Portland, Maine, and attended NYU and the Sorbonne in Paris. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. After the war, he joined the UN Secretariat where he had a varied career. He was a graphic designer and production man in the Publishing Service, working both at UN Headquarters in New York and at its European office in Geneva. He also served as secretary of the Publications Board and later administered technical assistance for French-speaking African countries. He also had political assignments in Belgian colonies and in the Congo, now Zaire. (..) Since his retirement, he has maintained his association with the UN, and is secretary of the Assn. of Former International Civil Servants (..) "

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More Biographical Data and Photo : United Nations Airpost Journal, June 1961/ Pdf
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UN 1958 "UN Seal" (2,1) [Recess (Bradbury Wilkinson,London)] Sc(63,64)


UN 1961 "Various Designs" (9,9,1) [Photo (Courvoisier)] Sc(92)


USA 1962 "Dag Hammarskjöld Commemoration" (1) [Engr (C.A. Brooks)][Recess] Sc(1203)


UN 1964 "UN trade and Development Conference, Geneva" (2,1) [Des (O. Hamann) joint work with Sanborn )][Photo (De La Rue)] Sc(129,130)


USA 1965 "20th Anniversary of UN and International Cooperation Year" (1) [ [Des (O. Mathiesen) joint work with Sanborn )][Engr (C.A. Brooks)][Recess] Sc(1266)






Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Jurgen von Konow

[Sweden] (b 1915/d 1959)


"From a very early age he studied at the Royal Institute of Art (Kungliga Konsthögskolan) in Stockholm (between 1930 and 1934). On the advice of his tutors he moved to Paris in 1935 and studied art at the Académie Scandinave. (...) Konow remained in Paris and continued his studies at the studio of the renowned French painter of Social Realism, Marcel Gromaire , before attending Stanley William Hayter's first printmaking studio ; (..) Having been heavily influenced by Hayter and his printing techniques , Von Konow published his own handbook on printmaking techniques in Sweden 'Om grafik: Historia och Teknik' (About graphics: History and Technique) in 1958. His book made a important contribution to the teachings of graphic design and printmaking in Sweden... (..)  Von Konow  first exhibited at Sweden's Public Art Association exhibition in 1934 and his first solo exhibition was at Galleri Gummesons in Stockholm in 1938 . (..) He was killed in a car accident when he was only 44 years old. "

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Sweden 1954/1964 "Rock Carvings" (9,1) [Engr (Sven Ewert 65o, 75o)(H. Gutschmidt 95o)(A. Wallhorn others)][Recess] Sc(468...,472) [The stamps issued in 1957 and 1964 have a small imprint below the design]




Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mary Faulconer

[USA] (b 1912/d 2011)


"Mary Faulconer studied under Alexey Brodovitch at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art where she taught in the Design Laboratory. She has in addition, served as Art Director of 'Mademoiselle' Magazine and Harpers Bazaar. Her free lance work has appeared in Fortune, House and Garden, Life, Look, Seventeen, Town and Country and Vogue magazines. (..) Postage stamps, match boxes, playing cards, and antique tins have all been faithfully reproduced life-size by Mary in her trompe l'oeil technique. Mary is an exquisite and exacting artist whose paintings are physically and emotionally precise and self-sufficient. (...) Mary worked in New York City at her studio in Beekman Place and her paintings are in museums and in the private collections of Elizabeth Arden, Mrs. George Baker, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon, Mr. Cole Porter, Mr. & Mrs. John Hay Whitney, Mr. Jean Schlumberger, Mrs. Richard Rheem, Mrs. Gilbert Miller, Mrs. Aristotle Onassis, the Duke and Dushess of Windsor (who also presented a painting to H.R.H. Queen Mary of England) and many other Famous collectors."

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USA 1978 "Roses" (1) [Engr (K.L. Kipperman)(A. Saavedra)][Recess] Sc(1737) [stamps only issued in Booklets]


USA 1982 "Greeting stamp" (1) [Photo] Sc(1951)