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Cherry Blossom Centennial Forever Stamp

By March 18, 2012

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) has created an official Cherry Blossom Centennial Forever stamp in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the gift of trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC. The National Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration is March 20 - April 27, 2012. Artist Paul Rogers of Pasadena, CA, worked with art director Phil Jordan of Falls Church, VA, to create the two stamp designs which form the left and right halves of a single, panoramic view of cherry blossom trees in bloom around the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. In the stamp on the left, blossoming trees arch over a family and two girls dressed in bright kimonos with the Washington Monument behind them; the Jefferson Memorial serves as a backdrop for sightseers taking in the blossoms on the right. About 100 million Cherry Blossom Centennial stamps have been produced, and will be available at post offices across the country.

The Postmaster General will dedicate the Cherry Blossom Centennial Commemorative stamps on Sat. March 24, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the National Building Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

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