Waves of Colors
First Day of Issue: December 1, 2012
Designed for your convenience and to lend a contemporary appearance to packages, large envelopes, and other mailings, the U.S. Postal Service issues Waves of Color, four elegant stamps denominated at four different rates: $1, $2, $5, and $10.
Each stamp shows variously colored undulating lines against a white background. A portion of the left side of the stamp provides white space to display the numeral denomination. The stamp also includes its denomination written out (One Dollar, Two Dollars, Five Dollars, or Ten Dollars). In order to suggest its status as a high denomination issue, this stamp benefits from a highly detailed printing process that creates dense, abstract patterns similar to engraved bank currency.
All four stamp issuances feature similar designs with different color palettes, and as the denominations increase, the stamp sizes grow larger.
Art director Antonio Alcalá worked with designer Michael Dyer to create these unusual and handsome stamps.
Lady Bird Johnson
First Day of Issue: November 30, 2012
With this issuance, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates the centennial of the birth of Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007) and celebrates her commitment to projects to preserve and enhance our country\’s natural heritage.
The souvenir sheet features six stamps, a quote from Mrs. Johnson reflecting her belief that the environment is our common ground, and a black-and-white image of the First Lady taken from a family photograph shot in 1963 by Yoichi Okamoto. Verso text highlights a few of Mrs. Johnson\’s many successes.
The single stamp on the right side of the sheet features the official White House portrait of Mrs. Johnson, an oil painting by Elizabeth Shoumatoff showing the seated First Lady wearing an empire-waist gown of buttercup yellow. In the background are flowering trees and the Jefferson Memorial.
The five stamps on the left, adaptations of stamps originally issued in the 1960s, commemorate the visible legacy left by Mrs. Johnson\’s projects to enhance the beauty of our cities and highways—and to encourage others to follow.
The top stamp reads \”Plant for more Beautiful Streets\” and shows a row of blooming crab apple trees along a paved suburban road. The second from the top offers the encouragement to \”Plant for more Beautiful Parks,\” with an image of a field of daffodils along the Potomac River with the Washington Monument in the background. \”Plant for a more Beautiful America,\” the center stamp, depicts the Jefferson Memorial in the background seen through branches of flowering cherry blossoms. The fourth stamp is a scene of yellow and blue wildflowers along a highway with the caption \”Plant for more Beautiful Highways.\” The last stamp, which reads \”Plant for more Beautiful Cities,\” shows plantings of pink and red azaleas and white tulips with the U.S. Capitol in the distance.
Prepress artist Paloma Alcalá adapted the original engraved stamps that featured art by Walter D. Richards (four stamps, issued in 1969) and Gyo Fujikawa (center stamp, issued in 1966). Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the souvenir sheet.