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The NIPA Series

Nudes In Postal Art...

Artistamp promoting the NIPA series of Artistamps and the photography of Bill Porter. 2004-2005 W. C. `Bill` Porter

 

WHAT IT IS - Briefly...
It is historical fact that there has only been one U.S. Postage stamp issued that featured an artwork of a nude, feminine form. While there may have been other reasons for this at the time, 1932 to be exact, the United States posture on the matter happened to ooze with a very pompous, 'holier-than-thou' attitude, an attitude of prudishness and censorship. Not only towards the citizens of the U.S., but even worse, towards the entire world.

The glaring example to all this was the original reaction by the U.S., in that letters bearing the original stamp bearing Goya's "Nude Maja" were rejected and not even allowed to enter this country. But...

While there is much more to the story than this, just know that the anarchist in me, along with the 'lover of fine art' in me, couldn't ignore this piece of our country's philatelic history. As such, I devoted several years and over 22 stamp issues during that period of time to producing artistamps, intentionally "pushing the envelope," if-you-will. These stamps, the Nudes In Postal Art (NIPA) series, featured photographic images of nudes on the stamps. All of the artwork used for these stamps were my own photographic works. A few of these photographs were enhanced via digital darkroom techniques specifically for the stamps. The majority were pretty much 'as-is.' All tastefully composed and designed, but in virtually all cases, they were blatantly nude and used on cover envelopes sent through the U.S. and worldwide mail systems. A small way of taking a slap at the CSAC, the USPS, and whoever else determines that the U.S. doesn't need artworks of nudes on stamps.

To make a long story short, it was a lot of fun, they were many times totally misunderstood, sometimes bringing ridiculed remarks referring to chauvinism, and at least once an official rebuke.

All-in-all, the NIPA series is an interesting topical collection by itself...

 

 

 

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