We are saddened to report that world famous artist Howard Koslow, whose artwork appeared on 30 United States Postal Service lighthouse postage stamps, passed away at the age of 91 on January 25, 2016.
Howard Koslow’s artwork first appeared on the 8-cent Antarctic Treaty postage stamp in 1971. As well as the 30 lighthouse postage stamps, his artwork was used to create eight of the 1940s Celebrate the Century stamps in 1999, stamps for the three branches of the federal government and U.S. Constitution in 1989 and 1990, the Brooklyn Bridge in 1983, and many other commemorative postage stamps and preprinted postal cards. He also created many postage stamps for the Republic of the Marshall Islands that often related to World War II and American forces who served in the Pacific Theatre. Over the years he also created paintings for the United States Coast Guard and the NASA.
In 2013, Howard Koslow donated all of his original artwork that was used to design United States postage stamps to the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum.
In 2014, Howard Koslow was awarded the Silver Medal of Honor by the Allied Artist of America, which is just one of the many honors he was bestowed with over the years.
Koslow was often quoted as saying that, of all of his works, his lighthouse paintings that were used for the 30 different lighthouse postage stamps were by far his favorite. He often traveled to postage stamp ceremonies and other stamp collecting events, and he was always willing to sign autographs for collectors.
Through his artwork, Howard Koslow has left a legacy that will be carried forward for many generations. Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.
Some of the lighthouse postage stamps that featured the artwork of Koslow are shown here.
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