Paul Rogers Studio

USPS Gifts of Friendship Forever Stamps

APRIL 9, 2015

The United States Postal Service and Japan Post are jointly issuing Gifts of Friendship stamps tomorrow, April 10. These stamps celebrate the centennial of the gift of flowering dogwood trees from the United States to Japan in 1915. The stamps are issued in a pane of 12 Forever stamps, the left side includes two stamps I designed paired with the Japan Post stamps designed by Junko Kaifuchi.

It was an honor to be asked to work on these stamps as a follow-up to the Cherry Blossom Centennial stamps I designed in 2012. Over 150 million of the 2012 stamps were sold, and I hope this joint issue does well both here and abroad.

Philatelists and dendrologists may order stamps, press sheets and First Day Covers here:

12 stamp pane

Japan Post 10 stamp pane

Color sketches

Command Y view

Topical: Postage Stamps