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Bill Santry (artist, born 1958), Jim Robinson (designer, born 1966) and James Joseph Erickson (photographer, born 1954)
National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution
The National Postal Museum Opens July 30th, 1993
offset lithograph
91.5 x 61 cm (36 x 24 in.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of the National Postal Museum

Photographer Jim Erickson received howling support from dog owners in Raleigh, North Carolina, when he put out the call for models for this project. Created to announce the opening of the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, the ad agency was well aware of the potential for public apathy at the notion of a monument to letter carriers. This tongue-in-cheek image represents an early application of what was, in 1993, cutting-edge digital technology, seamlessly merging over fifty photographs of individual dogs and distinct backgrounds into a composite whole.

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