Were you wondering about the lapel pin that Danny Thomas is shown wearing in the art for the forthcoming stamp?
The pin represents the St. Jude Police League, an organization that supports Chicago police officers. According to Thomas’s family, the pin was a gift from a friend who served as chaplain of the Chicago Police Department for many years.
And why a nighttime scene?
“The main issue was to convey his personality in one image and also indicate the fruit of his labor,” artist Tim O’Brien explains. “We went with a night scene that allowed me to use stars in the sky. Perhaps the stars have multiple meanings: the Hollywood connection, but also the countless children he’s helped through the hospital.”
Danny Thomas’s image used under license.