Postage stamp hon­ors Ge­orge H.W. Bush

Lodi News-Sentinel - - LOCAL/NATION - By Matt Zdun

AUSTIN, Texas — There will now be a new, fa­mil­iar face on postage stamps.

The U.S. Postal Ser­vice re­leased a com­mem­o­ra­tive For­ever stamp Wed­nes­day fea­tur­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush in honor of what would have been the 41st pres­i­dent’s 95th birth­day.

“It’s es­pe­cially fit­ting to honor Pres­i­dent Bush with his own stamp be­cause he truly un­der­stood the power of a hand­writ­ten let­ter,” said Robert Dun­can, chair­man of the Board of Gov­er­nors of the U.S. Postal Ser­vice, at a Wed­nes­day ded­i­ca­tion cel­e­bra­tion for the new stamp in Col­lege Sta­tion.

Dun­can, ask­ing for au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion at the cel­e­bra­tion held at the An­nen­berg Pres­i­den­tial Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, asked how many peo­ple in at­ten­dance had re­ceived a hand­writ­ten let­ter from the for­mer pres­i­dent. Dozens of hands shot up.

Bush’s grand­son Pierce, his for­mer chief of staff Jean Becker and var­i­ous other friends of the for­mer pres­i­dent also spoke at the cel­e­bra­tion, which featured a cap­pella ar­range­ments by mu­si­cal groups and the un­veil­ing of a larger-than-life replica of the stamp.

Bush se­lected the im­age for the stamp, ac­cord­ing to David Jones, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Ge­orge and Bar­bara Bush Foundation. Artist Michael J. Deas painted the por­trait for the stamp, based on a 1997 pho­to­graph on the cover of Texas Monthly for an ar­ti­cle about the ded­i­ca­tion of Bush’s pres­i­den­tial li­brary.

The for­mer pres­i­dent died in Novem­ber at the age of 94.

The Postal Ser­vice has been putting pres­i­den­tial like­nesses on stamps since 1847 when Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton be­came the first pres­i­dent to ap­pear on one.

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