Legacy of Lady Bird Johnson in flowers and stamps

Written by Doug Oster on .


Lady Bird Johnson was the wife of President Lyndon Johnson and way ahead of her time when it came to the environment. In 1967 she said this, "The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become."

She led campaigns to clean up cities and urged more Americans to visit national parks. One of her proudest achievements was the Highway Beautification Act. She was so vocal in her support for the legislation that it became known as Lady Bird’s Bill.

You can still see wildflowers blooming along the sides of highways because of her. There's lots of information here about her.

The USPS has issued some beautiful stamps to celebrate Lady Bird's legacy.

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. There's single stamp featuring her official White House portrait, an oil painting by Elizabeth Shoumatoff showing the seated First Lady wearing a buttercup yellow empire-waist gown.

 The five stamps are adaptations of stamps originally issued in the 1960s commemorate the visible legacy left by her projects and encourage others to follow.

Here's how to get them.

Check them out below, I think they are beautiful and a reminder of a different time when the environment wasn't on every one's mind...yet.





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