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Barbra Rodriguez
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 27, 2012

Lady Bird Stamp Ceremony Nov. 30

What:  The US Postal Service will launch the Lady Bird Johnson Commemorative Stamp at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin. The event is open to the public.

Who:  Speakers will be: Tom Johnson, Chairman Emeritus, Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation; Linda A. Hicke, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin; Susan Rieff, Executive Director, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center;Thurgood Marshall, Jr., Chairman, U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors; and Luci Baines Johnson, Daughter of Lady Bird Johnson.

When:  11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.

Where:  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Auditorium, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739.

Background:  The Postal Service is proud to issue this historic Forever stamp sheet honoring Lady Bird Johnson, a beloved First Lady who worked tirelessly to make the United States a more beautiful place. Her legacy lives on along our nation’s roadsides, and urban parks and trails, which she so diligently worked to preserve and beautify, and now on a U.S. postage stamp to commemorate her contributions for forever.

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. Text on the back of the stamp sheet highlights a few of Lady Bird Johnson’s many successes. The single stamp on the right side of the sheet features her official White House portrait, an oil painting by Elizabeth Shoumatoff showing the seated First Lady wearing an empire-waist gown of buttercup yellow.  The five stamps on the left, adaptations of stamps originally issued in the 1960s, commemorate the visible legacy left by her projects — and to encourage others to follow.

The Lady Bird Johnson stamps are being issued as Forever stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce rate.

Please Note: To learn about Lady Bird Johnson, events celebrating her centennial, downloadable photos, quotes and more, visit: www.ladybirdjohnson.org and www.wildflower.org/ladybird/. For broadcast quality video and audio from the USPS, photo stills and other media resources, visit: http://about.usps.com/news/welcome.htm.

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