Image area measures 6 1/2" x 9". Beautifully framed and matted --- READY TO HANG! A LITTLE HISTORY ON THE 43RD (1976-77) DUCK STAMP ARTIST. Alderson "Sandy" Magee started out as a small boy with big plans.He had always been fascinated by the principles of flight. His interest in birds, planes, and lighter than aircraft was keen. Consequently, when he was quite young, he designed a hot air balloon and made plans to set it loose. The flame was lit, and all systems were go.
Suddenly, his grandmother, seeing the flame and thinking that something was awry, vigorously attacked the balloon with a broom. Sandys brainchild tilted to one side and burned beyond repair. Magee left Hartford for a three-year enlistment in the United States Marine Corps.
Later, he enrolled at the University of Connecticut and there received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management. Combined with his lifelong interest in aviation, his degree was helpful in securing a position as a technical representative with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. Magee also served as executive secretary for the Bradley Air Museum in Connecticut and was involved in the acquisition of interesting historical aircraft. Located the last remaining Gee-Bee airplane in the world. The Gee-Bees were airplanes that had risen to fame as superb racers in the early 1930s.
Jimmy Doolittle won the 1932 Thompson Trophy, one of the most coveted trophies of the time, in a racing Gee-Bee. Magee went to Claremore, Oklahoma to get the plane, intent on flying it back to the Museum. He ended up making a forced landing when the engine failed over Ohio.The aircraft was dismantled and transported by truck to Connecticut. Magee was made the director of trade show exhibits for Pratt and Whitney, he hired an intelligent and very pretty secretary, Mary Ann Kaspar. The two were married in May of 1970, and she has been at his side ever since.
He felt that he could make it on his own in the art world by 1971 and resigned from Pratt and Whitney. Of course, there were areas in which his talent needed improvement, but he was keenly aware of them. He enrolled in several courses at the West Hartford Art League and began to iron out rough spots under the direction of Estelle Coniff.
He couldnt have found a more unusually talented woman or a better teacher. She seemed to have sure answers for all of his questions. In 1972, he decided to try the medium, scratchboard, which he had read about in an old art book. He was fascinated by this technique and has used no other medium since. He almost missed the deadline for the Duck Stamp contest three years later.He made it to the post office with his entry with just twenty minutes to spare. What followed was a chain of events that firmly established this pilot-turned-artist in the art world. Canada Geese is unusual in that it is a scratchboard rendering. The print is photomechanically reproduced as a photolithograph using a three-plate process. It was printed on Triton 100 lb. Neutral pH paper using special lightfast inks. The print was hand signed and numbered in pencil. The edition is 3,600 regular prints, 1,000 with a companion piece (small scratchboard remarque) and 150 artist proofs.
The image size is 6-1/2" x 9". Canvasback DecoyEngraved by the Federal Bureau of Engraving from the original artwork. Printed in yellow, orange, green, grey, brown, and black ink. First day of sale was July 1, 1975.
The item "RW43 1976 FEDERAL DUCK STAMP Limited Edition of 1000 PRINT ALDERSON MAGEE Rare" is in sale since Thursday, November 21, 2019. This item is in the category "Stamps\United States\Back of Book\Duck Stamps".The seller is "hookedonhandbagsetc" and is located in Jupiter, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Sweden, Indonesia, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Turks and caicos islands, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.