Complete 2012 U.S. Commemorative Collection
A number of stamp series were added to this year, and a new one began. The Flags of Our Nation was completed with the sixth set of ten stamps highlighting the states and territories of the U.S. The first stamp of the War of 1812 Series pictured the USS Constitution. Two stamps were added to the Civil War Series, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the “War Between the States.”
The Literary Arts Series increased to 28 stamps this year when short story writer O. Henry was honored. Ebony magazine publisher John H. Johnson became the latest person commemorated in the Black Heritage Series.
America’s natural beauty was showcased on stamps throughout the year. The Mall in Washington, D.C., comes alive with color in the spring, because of the thousands of blossoming Japanese cherry trees. The 100th anniversary of their planting was honored on a se-tenant that forms a scene of the Capital in bloom.
Statehood anniversaries of New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arizona were celebrated with stamps showing landscapes typical of each region. A set of 15 Earthscapes stamps gave a new perspective to natural, agricultural, and urban locations using photographs taken from aircraft and satellites.
The United States and France produced their first joint-issue stamps since 1989. French singer Edith Piaf and American jazz musician Miles Davis were featured on the stamps.
The arts were highlighted with sets emphasizing poetry, dance, and film. Twentieth-Century Poets including E.E. Cummings, Sylvia Path, and Theodore Roethke were pictured on a sheet of ten. American dance changed dramatically because of the work of Innovative Choreographers honored on a set of four stamps. Memorable movie scenes formed the backgrounds for stamps paying tribute to four Great Film Directors.
Other Americans selected as stamp subjects are known for their contributions in various areas of American life. Emmy-winning actor and television producer Danny Thomas was honored for founding St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A souvenir sheet celebrating Lady Bird Johnson’s work in beautifying America was one of the last issues of 2012.
Some of America’s baseball legends were chosen for the Major League Baseball All-Stars set, including Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby, Willie Stargell, and Ted Williams. The set was issued on July 20 at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Panes picturing each player separately were released the next day in the towns the players spent most of their careers.
The “Mail a Smile” stamps featured characters from Pixar Studios’ animated films. This set of five stamps followed last year’s “Send a Hello” stamps, also starring Pixar characters.