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ROBERT PANARA fdc mail art


The 16th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series honors Robert Panara, an influential teacher and a pioneer in the field of deaf studies. During his 40-year teaching career, Panara inspired generations of students with his powerful use of American Sign Language. He taught at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for nearly 20 years and at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (part of the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York state). Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with an existing photograph by Mark Benjamin, official photographer of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester.

The stamp features a 2009 photograph by Mark Benjamin, official photographer of the NTID. Panara is shown signing the word “respect.”  Source:

Artistic First Day Cover to complete.

FDC about Robert Panara, poet, teacher and pioneer in studies of deaf culture and american sign language.


Issue date: April 11, 2017. Rochester, NY.

After applying the thematic stamp, you may use the special first day of issue cancellation or the philatelic cancel of your city in USA. If you are interested in this FDC please contact me to e-mail [email protected]

I’ m an artist with the passion for FDCs and I realize all kinds of cover by hand. I draw portraits and landscapes in various techniques, but I prefer the light&shadow pencil technique and the mixed media in pencil, colored pencils and pastels.

I make FDCs of each country on commission, for any question and information please contact me  to e-mail [email protected]

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