2012 First-Class Forever Stamp,Lady Bird Johnson Centennial: Plant for More Beautiful Cities

# 4716e - 2012 First-Class Forever Stamp - Lady Bird Johnson Centennial: Plant for More Beautiful Cities

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U.S. #4716e

2012 45¢ Plant for More Beautiful Cities

Lady Bird Johnson 

The nation’s capital was uninviting to its residents and tourists when Lady Bird Johnson settled into the East Wing of the White House.  She believed cleaning up Washington, D.C., would ease tensions in neighborhoods and set an example for other U.S. cities.

In 1965, Johnson invited activists and possible donors to the first meeting of the Society for a More Beautiful National Capital.  Some members were interested in improving the places tourists would visit, while others were concerned with bettering the inner-city areas where the year-round residents lived.  Lady Bird encouraged both groups.

The First Lady wanted to make Washington’s Mall more attractive and called for volunteers to begin replacing “a dispirited sprig of grass” with “shrubs and flowers.”  Thousands of trees and plants were added to the capital’s landscape, including two million daffodil bulbs planted in just four years.

“Project Pride” enlisted college students and school children in cleaning up trash in low-income areas.  Programs also invited families to take part in bettering their communities.

Each year, the blooming flowers and trees in Washington, D.C., give testimony to the work of Lady Bird Johnson.

In the 1960s, stamps were issued to encourage the beautification of America.  The artwork from those stamps, as well as Lady Bird’s White House portrait, were the inspiration behind the stamps which commemorate her 100th birth anniversary.  The original engraved stamps with art by Walter D. Richards and Gyo Fujikawa were adapted for printing in offset lithography.

 

Value: 45¢ 1-ounce first-class rate

Issued: November 30, 2012

First Day City: Austin, TX

Type of Stamp: Commemorative

Printed By: Ashton Potter

Printing Method: Offset

Perforations: Die cut 10 3/4

Self-Adhesive

Quantity: 2,000,000

 

The stamps that inspired the 2012 Lady Bird Johnson issues are U.S. #1318 and U.S. #1368-68.

 

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U.S. #4716e

2012 45¢ Plant for More Beautiful Cities

Lady Bird Johnson 

The nation’s capital was uninviting to its residents and tourists when Lady Bird Johnson settled into the East Wing of the White House.  She believed cleaning up Washington, D.C., would ease tensions in neighborhoods and set an example for other U.S. cities.

In 1965, Johnson invited activists and possible donors to the first meeting of the Society for a More Beautiful National Capital.  Some members were interested in improving the places tourists would visit, while others were concerned with bettering the inner-city areas where the year-round residents lived.  Lady Bird encouraged both groups.

The First Lady wanted to make Washington’s Mall more attractive and called for volunteers to begin replacing “a dispirited sprig of grass” with “shrubs and flowers.”  Thousands of trees and plants were added to the capital’s landscape, including two million daffodil bulbs planted in just four years.

“Project Pride” enlisted college students and school children in cleaning up trash in low-income areas.  Programs also invited families to take part in bettering their communities.

Each year, the blooming flowers and trees in Washington, D.C., give testimony to the work of Lady Bird Johnson.

In the 1960s, stamps were issued to encourage the beautification of America.  The artwork from those stamps, as well as Lady Bird’s White House portrait, were the inspiration behind the stamps which commemorate her 100th birth anniversary.  The original engraved stamps with art by Walter D. Richards and Gyo Fujikawa were adapted for printing in offset lithography.

 

Value: 45¢ 1-ounce first-class rate

Issued: November 30, 2012

First Day City: Austin, TX

Type of Stamp: Commemorative

Printed By: Ashton Potter

Printing Method: Offset

Perforations: Die cut 10 3/4

Self-Adhesive

Quantity: 2,000,000

 

The stamps that inspired the 2012 Lady Bird Johnson issues are U.S. #1318 and U.S. #1368-68.