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Norman Todhunter

 (born 1915)
Norman Todhunter is active/lives in California.  Norman Todhunter is known for illustrator, designer-postage stamps.

Norman Todhunter

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Illustrator and designer Norman Todhunter, son of artist Francis Todhunter, is particularly noted for his work designing numerous United States postal stamps. Todhunter was one of the artists instrumental in encouraging the post office to produce the more colorful stamps we enjoy today, and he was also the creator of several memorable designs.

In the 1950s, the Post Office Department was slowly acquiring facilities to print more complex and colorful stamps. In 1957 an engraved stamp picturing the American flag was printed in three colors from a single plate. The promotional value of stamps was being noted, and the first Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee was formed. Its members, led by a New York artist, Ervine Metzl, pushed for more color. A second Advisory Committee was appointed by Postmaster General J. Edward Day in 1961.

Norman Todhunter, as a member of that committee, succeeded in having engraved color be supplemented with lithography in 1965 with the 'Adlai Stevenson' stamp. Between 1967 and 1971 the Bureau first contracted out photogravure stamp printing and then acquired a press that could reproduce well even the subtle coloring of flowers.

In 1962 Norman Todhunter designed 'Mississippi Riverboat' and the 'Boys Club of America' commemorative stamp. Another stamp design with which he was involved, was the 1963 Christmas Commemorative stamp, a design by Lily Spandorf that Todhunter modified. It was the second United States stamp honoring the Christmas season and portrayed the National Christmas tree at dusk, as seen from the Ellipse, with the White House, windows lighted, in the background.

He designed the stamp 'Quilted' in 1964. In 1965 he designed stamps 'Discus Thrower' and 'Portrait of Herbert Hoover'. In 1966 he designed 'Treatment of Animals -Mongrels'. In 1968 he designed the stamp, "Register to Vote".
Todhunter also illustrated books, including a volume about golf, The Natural Way to Better Golf, by Jack Burke.

Norman Todhunter was a member of The Society Of Illustrators Of San Francisco and the Bohemian Club.

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bsp gallery bookshop
bible stamp club and museum
U.S. air force art collection

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About  Norman Todhunter

Born:  1915
Known for:  illustrator, designer-postage stamps