Environmentalist Lady Bird Johnson To Be Immortalized on Stamp

Forty-seven years ago today, Congress signed into law the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, known as “Lady Bird’s Bill” because of Lady Bird Johnson’s keen interest and active support of its passage. We are delighted to announce today that the U.S. Postal Service will celebrate this and other of Mrs. Johnson’s achievements with the release of the Lady Bird Johnson Souvenir Forever stamps sheet.

The dedication ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 11 a.m. on November 30, 2012, at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

“The Postal Service is proud to issue this historic Forever stamp honoring a beloved First Lady who worked tirelessly to make the United States a more beautiful place,” says Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “Lady Bird Johnson’s legacy lives on along our nation’s roadsides, and urban parks and trails, which she so diligently worked to preserve and beautify, and now on a U.S. postage stamp to commemorate her contributions for forever.”

To learn more about Lady Bird Johnson (1912–2007) and events celebrating the centennial of her birth, visit the Lady Bird Johnson Centennial website. You can preorder the souvenir sheet now for delivery in early December by visiting The Postal Store or by calling 800-STAMP-24.

Yosemite National Park: One of Our Grandest Things

This 2006 stamp features a photograph of the Gates of the Valley in Yosemite.

Monday marks the 122nd anniversary of Yosemite National Park. Established on October 1, 1890, the park encompasses 747,956 acres in the Sierra Nevada. With the impressive Yosemite Valley as its centerpiece, it includes a breathtaking range of geographical features, such as waterfalls, lakes, glaciers, expansive meadows, groves of giant sequoias, and granite monoliths such as El Capitan and Half Dome.

The U.S. Postal Service has a long history of honoring America’s national parks. This is no surprise when you consider that parks and postage stamps tell intertwining stories and frequently share a common goal—to preserve what Walt Whitman called “the grandest things” for the benefit of future generations.

In 2010, the U.S. Postal Service joined with the National Park Service to create The Grandest Things: Our National Parks in Words, Images, and Stamps.

This lavish 116-page hardcover book (which is still available online!) recounts the history of our national parks with gorgeous photographs and nine mint stamps—including the Old Faithful, Yellowstone stamp from 1972! The book has plenty of space for collecting and storing other related stamps, while giving a tour of more than 75 parks, monuments, and memorials.

It also includes historic quotations and documents, as well as philatelic history insights. Did you know, for example, that Postmaster General James Farley sometimes gave ungummed and unperforated stamp sheets to friends . . . like Franklin D. Roosevelt? In 1935, after collectors and others complained to Congress, these sheets (including stamps in honor of national parks) were made available to the public.

Perfect for stamp fans and park fans alike, The Grandest Things will make a delightful, and quite unexpected, gift this holiday season!

Favorite Links of the Week: An Earthscapes Roundup

The Earthscapes stamps may not be released until October 1, but the Interwebs are already abuzz with excitement about them. The stamps, you might remember, feature 15 different bird’s-eye views of the United States, with subjects ranging from natural wonders and agricultural fields to urban (and suburban) life.

The new set will be released Monday at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. In addition to officials from NASA and USPS, Virginia-based photographer Cameron Davidson will be at the ceremony. Cameron’s photograph of Maryland’s Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is featured on the stamp pane. “I’m always drawn to curvy patterns I see in marshes,” he told the Washington Post this week. “The Blackwater—I keep going back to it.”

Some of our other favorite Earthscapes-related links include:

  • A positive identification of the actual highways in Miami, Florida, shown on the “Highway interchange” stamp. (Do you know which ones they are?)

Judging from all this excitement, it looks as if National Stamp Collecting Month, which kicks off Monday, will start with a bang! Did we miss your favorite link of the week? Tell us about it in the comments.

Also, a special shout out this week to Instagram user @panggoy, who decorated his cell phone case with the Lady Liberty and U.S. Flag stamps. Awesome.

Travel the Country with The Grandest Things and Gorgeous Stamped Cards

Indulge your itch for travel this summer with the first set of Scenic American Landscapes stamped cards and the stunning 116-page national parks book, The Grandest Things. Explore natural scenery around the country with breathtaking photographs and in-depth historical accounts.

The set of 20 stamped cards feature ten stamp designs from the Scenic American Landscapes series, highlighting the beauty of our nation. They’re a wonderful way to put a smile on a friend’s face or provide inspiration for your next adventure.

The Grandest Things is the perfect gift for the nature lover in your life. Revealing how our national park system began, the changes it has endured, and the amazing array of sites it includes, the book includes fascinating national park memorabilia, a visual tour across America’s parks, and a mint 1972 Old Faithful, Yellowstone stamp, as well as eight others.

On Saturday, June 23, the second set of Scenic American Landscapes stamped cards, featuring ten more stamp designs from the gorgeous series, went on sale. The cards are now available for purchase online at the Postal Store or by phone at 1-800-STAMP-24.

Second Set of Scenic American Landscapes Stamped Cards Now Available

Today’s the day! The new set of Scenic American Landscapes stamped cards are now available!

Issued at the National Topical Stamp Show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this set of 20 stamps cards features 10 spectacular stamp designs from the Scenic American Landscapes stamp series, which highlights some of the nation’s most beautiful natural places.

These gorgeous cards can be purchased online at the Postal Store or by phone at 1-800-STAMP-24. Are you in Lancaster today? What did you think of the First Day of Issue ceremony?