John Sloan was one of  “the Eight” : a group of 20th century American painters who became known as “Ash Can Painters” because of their depictions of realistic and often shabby scenes of city life.


The postage stamp is a reproduction of one of Sloan’s paintings, The Wake of the Ferry II.


George Bellows (Self Portrait 1921 below) was the eighth member of “the Eight”, since he was the last to join the group …


The postage stamp is a reproduction of one of his most famous paintings, Stag at Sharkey’s, which was inspired by a professional prize fight he saw at a club near his studio in New York City.


J.V. Painter, a well-known stamp collector who lived and worked in Cleveland, Ohio, was not one of “the Eight”, but was one of the eight brothers of Henry Painter (b. May, 1849 – d. February 5, 1893).


At the time of his death, Henry Painter was the manager of the Delaware & Atlantic Telephone Company, whose headquarters were at West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was the seventh of the nine sons of Samuel M. and Ann (Vickers) Painter.