|Leo J Hickey, 1940-2013 (http://news.yale.edu/)|
The best part of these envelopes is the stamps! In 1970 an 'Age of Reptiles' stamp was produced as part of a natural history series by the U.S. Postal Service. The Age of Reptiles is a mural painted on the wall of the museum and this stamp reproduces a small section. The full mural is available to view at the top of this blog or better yet in person in the Hall of Dinosaurs at the Yale Peabody Museum.
|Stamp celebrating the mural at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History|
Rudy Zallinger, the artist who painted the mural, was a highly respected natural history painter who not only did work for the Peabody but also Life magazine and even won a Pulitzer Fellowship in Art. For more information on the mural and the artist check out the Peabody's website. The project has just begun but with fun finds like this treasure the time ahead should be both rewarding and entertaining.