My Uncle Tom

You might think this post has to do with issues relating to racism. But you’d be wrong. Because my Uncle Tom has nothing to do with race relations.

But my Uncle Tom Engeman is probably one of the most recognized artists in the US. His work doesn’t hang in the MOMA or Met, but maybe it should. Tom’s art is ubiquitous and is known to all of us. Why? Because he designs stamps for the US Postal Service and has been doing it for years.

Here are some of his stamps. And this is but a very small sample that I got from Googling Tom. Try it yourself. I’d bet you’ve all seen at least one and probably more of these.

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