As many reading this live in an area where late fall and approaching winter, with attendant bare trees and frequent overcast skies creates a colorlessness, I thought the splash of colors of the USPS's cherry blossom trees stamps might brighten things, at least temporarily.
The other reason for running a picture of the stamps issued this past March 24 to commemorate the centennial of Japan gifting Washington, D.C. with 3,000 of the cherry trees, is that the Washington Monument is pictured on the left stamp of the setenant pair. It was today in 1884 that the monument was completed. It is a major U.S. monument that has never gotten a stamp of its own.* But here, it looks good behind the pretty trees lining Washington's Tidal Basin. Thank artist Paul Rogers and art director Phil Jordan for producing these striking stamps for the USPS.
* Although never appearing on a stamp, the monument was part of the incidental design of a souvenir sheet issued in conjunction with the Sixth International Stamp Exhibition (SIPEX) in 1966.
Stamp images © USPS