2019 $7.35 Joshua Tree Priority Mail Stamp
Value: $7.35 Priority mail rate
Issue Date: January 27, 2019
First Day City: Kansas City, MO
Type of Stamp: Definitive
Printed by: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printing Method: Offset, Microprint
Format: Pane of 4
Quantity Printed: 7,000,000
Rising tall above the sand dunes in the American Southwest, Joshua trees are dominating figures with twisted branches and sharp, spiky leaves.
Long before the arrival of Europeans, Native Americans used the tree's tough leaves for baskets and sandals. They also added the flower buds and seeds to their food. hen in the mid-1800s, Mormon settlers were crossing the Mojave Desert in search of a new home. When they came across one of these unusual trees, they believed its lanky branches were leading them westward. They also thought the tree resembled the biblical figure Joshua reaching his hands up in prayer. The settlers called it the Joshua tree and the name has remained in use ever since.
Found in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, Joshua trees grow about three inches per year, which is fast for their climate. They are known to reach soaring heights up to 49 feet. Unlike most trees, they do not have growth rings, so it is difficult to determine their age. Joshua Trees can live for hundreds of years, but it is beleived some have survived for a thousand years.
In 1936, land was set aside and established as the Joshua Tree National Monument. Years later, in 1994, an act was signed to upgrade the area to national park status. Nearly 800,000 acres of this unique landscape is now protected, ensuring the survival of the Joshua tree.