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.

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

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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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