By Ray Smock
The Washington Post contained a fascinating obituary in its Feb. 3, 2016 edition, that of Howard Koslow a distinguished illustrator, painter and postage stamp artist who died at age 91. I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Koslow on commemorative postage stamps in honor of the bicentennial of the U. S. Congress in the late 1980s. He designed more than 60 stamps, including a very popular series on American lighthouses.
I had no trouble selecting the one object that I thought best represented the House of Representatives, although I had no idea how it would be rendered on a miniature postage stamp. A marvelous sculpture, the Car of History, resides in the old House chamber, now Statuary Hall. It was placed there in 1819. It shows Clio, the Muse of History, riding in a chariot above the Earth, writing in a big ledger book the events of history below her. In addition to being the oldest sculpture in the House, it symbolizes the fact that history is made in the House and Senate and that the congressmen and women are ultimately responsible for their deeds there.
The Senate decided to select the American eagle carving that resides in the Old Senate Chamber, one of the most elegant renderings of the national symbol to be found anywhere.