Friday, December 19, 2014
Fur Traders Descending the Missouri
The stamped card was one of the EXTRAordinary Art Card series issued by USPS at the Saint Louis Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri on May 4, 1990. It has a 15-cent postage pre-printed with a reproduction of the 1845 painting and sells for 50 cents at the time.
The liberty cap or Phrygian cap worn by the older man was the symbol of freedom and liberty commonly used in the 19th century. The animal in the boat was actually a bear cub, not a cat.
Labels: 1845, 1990, art, artist, bear cub, boat, cat, French, fur, George Caleb Bingham, liberty cap, Missouri, Native American, painting, PostCrossing, Russia, sent, stamped postcard, trader, USPS
Location: Saint Louis, MO, USA
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The animal in the painting looks like a Belgian barge dog known as a Schipperke. They were used as watch dogs on cargo ladder bargesReplyDelete