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Sallman Painting Featured in Aland Islands Stamp

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Warner Sallman's ubiquitous painting, Head of Christ, soon will make its first-ever appearance on a postage stamp.

The stamp will be released March 24 in the Aland Islands, an autonomous province of Finland situated between that country and Sweden. Sallman's father, Elias Sallman, emigrated to the United States from the Aland Islands in 1886.

The Head of Christ, Sallman's most famous image, was painted in 1940 in his Chicago studio. The painting first gained widespread popularity when reproductions were sent as wallet-sized cards to U.S. soldiers during World War II. Since then, although it has been reproduced more than 500 million times in various forms

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