Biographical Information:

Dates: 1928 – 2010
Dates in Ridgefield:

Artist Paul Calle was best known as a designer of U.S. postage stamps. He designed over 40 U.S. stamps, the most famous being the 1969 stamp that commemorated the Apollo 11 moon landing. Some of his other notable stamps include Robert Frost, Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. His son Chris, a Ridgefield resident, is also a postage stamp designer, and the two collaborated on two U.S. stamps in 1994, as well as stamps for other nations.

Calle was born in New York City in 1928 and earned a BA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He was an illustrator for the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In 1962, he was a member of the first group of artist in the NASA Art Program. According to his obituary in The New York Times, Calle was the only artist to observe Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin on July 16, 1969, the day Apollo 11 was launched. The sketches he made of the men that day were exhibited at the National Air and Space Museum. Calle was also well known for his Western-themed paintings, especially mountain men of the fur trade era.

The book Paul Calle: An Artists’ Journey is a limited-edition portfolio of the artists’ work along with essays.


Paul Calle: An Artist's Journey, 1992

–Sources: Wikipedia and //The New York Times// obituary and //Stamford Advocate// obituary

Last Update: May 30, 2017