Lady Bird Johnson Forever Stamps

 

On Friday, the United States Postal Service issued the commemorative Forever Stamp to celebrate the centennial of Johnson’s birth this year. She was born Dec. 22, 1912, and died at her home in Austin on July 11, 2007.The Lady Bird Johnson souvenir sheet features six stamps, a quote from the First Lady 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. Five other stamps are adaptations of stamps originally issued in the 1960s; which are visible legacy left by her projects e.g. wildflowers.

 “Lady Bird Johnson changed the face of America — literally,” said U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors Chairman Thurgood Marshall, Jr. “She believed we had a responsibility to our environment to restore what had been damaged — and to remember what had been neglected. That’s why she led campaigns to clean up our cities and urged more Americans to visit national parks. One of her proudest achievements was the Highway Beautification Act. She was so vocal in her support for the legislation that it became known as ‘Lady Bird’s Bill.’”

The stamps are available at Post Offices in Texas and the Washington, DC metropolitan area. They can also be purchased at usps.com/stamps, or by calling 800-STAMP24. To learn more about Lady Bird Johnson, centennial-related events, and to download photos and view a video, visit ladybirdjohnson.org.

via USPS