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.

Ease Your Mind With Bonsai Notecards

As the harried summer season kicks into gear and our calendars begin to fill with travel plans, activities, social events, and appointments, why not take a moment to add some serenity to the schedule? For centuries, bonsai have served as objects of contemplation, meditation, and decoration. These beautiful Bonsai notecards convey that sense of calm with five unique depictions of bonsai, or “plant in a pot.”

Think of each notecard as a blank canvas on which you can send warm wishes to friends and loved ones, or write notes of reflection for yourself. You’ll be amazed at the relaxation that just one card can inspire.

Each set of 10 notecards also includes 10 corresponding Bonsai (Forever®) stamps, so you can rest easy knowing postage is included. These cards make a great gift, too, for anyone in your life who might need a bit of peace.

Turn Your Trash into Something Useful

Our Go Green tip for today: Compost! Composting is a natural way to enrich the soil with nutrients, reducing the need for water and fertilizers in your garden. It may seem like a daunting task, but you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to get started. Look for quick start kits at your local gardening or home improvement store and get advice from online composting communities. Not only will you save money on water and fertilizer, you’ll also dramatically reduce the amount of food and yard waste you throw in the trash. Your plants—and the environment—will thank you!

Love the Go Green stamps as much as we do? The Go Green Digital Color Postmark Keepsake is a great reminder to think and act green! This beautiful collector’s item includes a pane of the Go Green stamps, as well as an envelope with a randomly selected stamp from the pane canceled by the Go Green Digital Color Postmark. The whimsical postmark details the date and location of the First Day of Issue ceremony for the stamps. Get yours today!