Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sunday Stamps # 119

Goodness, another week has gone by, and what a week. Thankfully, no one I know was in jeopardy. My thoughts go out to those in Boston and nearby who are hurting.

It is Sunday Stamps # 119.

Our theme this week:  Earth Day and other April Celebrations.

This could be: Stamps celebrating Spring; National Poetry Month, Jazz Appreciation Month, Arbor Day, Opening Day for Baseball, St. George's Day, and More.  Be creative and interpret this broadly.

I was thinking of Earth Day, myself.  The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970.  However, the stamps I have celebrate an important woman who started a beautification campaign in the USA even before Earth Day.

(Scan from the US Postal Service)
"The sheet features six stamps, a new stamp which reproduces the official White House portrait of the First Lady painted in 1968, and adaptations of five stamps issued in the 1960s that encouraged participation in the President and Mrs. Johnson's campaign, “Plant for a More Beautiful America.” Also included is 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.

The five engraved stamps originally issued in 1966 and 1969 have been adapted for printing in offset lithography. 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 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."
I hope you will be able to join me this week.  Then, as we need a break,
Theme next week:  Anything you wish.


Maria said...

I wish planting can be strongly encouraged too here in Manila.

It would be really wonderful if there would be more green sceneries than just empty walls of buildings.

Lisa B said...
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Lisa B said...

Lovely stamps and a great idea to encourage.

VioletSky said...

I look forward to seeing the plantings along the boulevards in the city and the hanging baskets from the lamp posts. But there could always be more. Lady Bird has done a wonderful thing.

Joy said...

I've only seen the cherry blossom one I didn't know it was part of a whole theme. Nothing like a exuberance of flowers to lift the heart.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I love both the stamps and the idea behind them.

I'm away from home this week and may be rather slow visiting people.


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