The USPS unveiled a new series of bonsai stamps last month. The artist, John D. Dawson of Hawaii, came out to Sacramento’s McKinley Park for the “first day issue” rollout. Had I known, I might have attended.
I first heard about the project 18 months ago when the USPS wanted to license the image of one of my trees. The artist had used a photo of my black pine from Bay Island Bonsai’s 2003 exhibit as a reference for the stamp. Upon seeing the design, I was immediately struck by the likeness.
Black pine stamp – January 2012
Black pine – January 2003
The USPS included a bit of a bonsai primer in their announcement of the series, and followed up with a nice piece (no longer available) about how the project took shape. The other stamps in the series feature a banyan, a trident maple, a Sierra juniper, and an azalea – a colorful mix!
This is the most fun I’ve had since my hinoki was featured in a cosmetics catalog.
Hinoki – “The Giving Tree”
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