Friday, April 15, 2011

Oveta Culp Hobby U.S. Definitive Postage Stamp Issued

On April 15, 2011, in Houston, Texas, the Postal Serviceā„¢ issued a 84-cent Oveta Culp Hobby (3rd ounce) definitive stamp, in 1 design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. This stamp in the Distinguished Americans series was designed by Phil Jordan and honors Oveta Culp Hobby (1905-1995), journalist, business leader and public servant. During World War II, she answered the call to public service by forming and leading the Women's Army Corps (WAC). In 1953, she became the first secretary of the Deparment of Health, Education and Welfare, the second woman to hold a Cabinet post.

The stamp art, by illustrator and painter Sterling Hundley, Richmond, Virginia, is based on an undated black-and-white photograph of Hobby in her WAC uniform, with its legendary service cap, the "Hobby hat."

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