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Description: This first day cover for the stamp honoring American primitive artist Grandma Moses is inscribed and autographed in bold blue ink by her fellow American artist Norman Rockwell: "Dear Bill Light, Grandma Moses was a good friend of mine. Sincerely, Norman Rockwell" Moses and Rockwell lived near each other on either side of the New York/Vermont state line for a number of years, and were indeed friends. Rockwell featured Moses among his family and other close friends in his 1948 painting "Christmas Homecoming."

The stamp, six cents worth of US Postage, was issued as part of the American Folklore series on May 1, 1969, and features Grandma Moses’s 1951 painting "July Fourth," which is owned by the White House. The stamp’s issue date was designed to coincide with the start of Senior Citizens Month that year. This first day cover measures 3.75" x 6.5" and has the "first day of issue" cancellation in black. Item #A00662

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was a prolific American painter, illustrator, and author, who is best known for his often idyllic portrayal of vignettes from everyday American life – including the more than 300 Saturday Evening Post covers he created over the span of several decades.

Grandma Moses (1860-1961) took up painting in her late 70s, and typically painted New England landscapes and small-town scenes in her distinctive, primitive style over the course of the following two decades.

Condition: The flap is sealed at the center, otherwise very good condition.