Designing the Mayflower Postage Stamp

A visual reckoning with a familiar 400-year-old history

Greg Breeding
Sep 9, 2020 · 8 min read
Original art by Greg Harlin. ©USPS 2020.

In the spring of 2018, I was awarded the art direction of a new stamp commemorating the arrival of the Mayflower in the New World. Every assignment is an honor, but for my baby boomer generation, the story of the first Thanksgiving — when the new settlers from England feasted with the indigenous Wampanoag…