The Postal Service’s new Disney Villains stamps honor the Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department, the famed group that helped create some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history.
The stamps feature 10 characters, including the Evil Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and Captain Hook from “Peter Pan.”
One of the first groups of its kind, the Ink & Paint Department began in 1923 and was a key stop on the road to creating an animated Disney film.
After the animators’ pencil drawings were finished, they went to Ink & Paint. Highly specialized artists then meticulously recreated each pencil line in ink, capturing every nuanced movement and expression.
At first, artists used black and white — and later, shades of gray — to color each celluloid or “cel.” In the early 1930s, the artists began using rich colors on the animation cels.