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Bureau of Engraving and Printing
U.S. Department of the Treasury

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Research: Engraving/Design 

Overview:

 

Almost from its birth, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was recognized as a home for highly skilled artists and craftsmen.  As the design and engraving processes are fundamental to high-quality printed products, the BEP has traditionally sought the talented and accomplished.  These designers and engravers bring their own style to their work that often reflects contemporary artistic movements, and thereby keep the products of the BEP stylistically up to date.

 

For further information on this topic, specific questions may be addressed to the Historical Resource Center.


HRC / BEP Papers

 

"A Family Tree Story," BEP Communicator, September 2004
Recounts the story behind the design of the 2-cent postage stamp of 1932.
 
"Andrew Jackson's Tree Makes History − Again," BEP Communicator, November 1994
Briefly looks at trees on the White House grounds used for the back of the 1934C series $20 note.

 

Art for Sale: The Sale of Engravings to the Public by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Examines the 19th century program of selling engravings to the public.

 

"The Car Conundrum of the $10 Bill," BEP Communicator, March 2006
A look at the nature of the car pictured on the back of the $10 Federal Reserve Note from 1929 to 1999.

 

"Celebrating Cherry Blossoms," BEP Communicator, April 2006
Briefly reviews how the Washington Cherry Blossom Festival was commemorated in BEP products.

 

"Changing Views," BEP Communicator, June 2003
A brief article examining changing views of the White House used on the early $20 Federal Reserve Note.

 

"Changing Views," BEP Communicator, July/August 2003
A brief article examining changing views of the White House used on the 1996 redesigned $20 Federal Reserve Note.

 

"Choosing a Capitol," BEP Communicator, July/August 2004
Reviews designs proposed for the back of the series 1996 $50 Federal Reserve Note.

 

"Commemorating World War II Through Postage Stamps," BEP Communicator, November 2005
A short article on some World War II postage stamp designs.

 

Distinctive Paper and the Design of United States Treasury Notes
Reviews the relationship between technical and artistic aspects in the design on the Treasury Notes of 1890.

 

"The First Secretary of the Treasury," BEP Communicator, July/August 2006
Provides a brief biography of Alexander Hamilton and some images of engraved portraits.

 

"Frederick C. Pauling: Bureau Etcher," BEP Communicator, April 2004
A brief article on the life and work of Pauling.

 

"Heroic but Tragic End of a Bureau Engraver," BEP Communicator, October 2004
A brief article on the life and work of Arthur Wasserbach.

 

Images of Past Futures: World's Fairs, Postage Stamps and the Impact of Modernity
A paper presented at the Winton M. Blount Symposium on Postal History, November 2006, examining the impact of Art Deco on stamp design.

 

"The Story of Alexander Hamilton's Portrait on the new $10 note," BEP Communicator, September 2006
A short history of images of Hamilton and his appearance on the series 2004A $10 Federal Reserve Note.

 

Treasury Notes
Contains a brief history of and a chart of dies, engravers, and designs used in the production of the Treasury Notes of 1890.


HRC / BEP Books & Articles

 

"The Story of Alexander Hamilton's Portrait on the new $10 note," Paper Money, 46, 1 (Jan/Feb 2007): 65-72.