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Guest Column — 50th-Anniversary Statehood Stamp Is Ninth Design For U.S. Postal Service

 

U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka (L), U.S. Postmaster General John Potter, and U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie hold up a preview of Hawaii's 50th-anniversary statehood stamp. Image Courtesy of Herb Kawainui Kane

U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka (L), U.S. Postmaster General John Potter, and U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie hold up a preview of Hawaii

(Editor’s Note: Herb Kawainui Kane designed Hawaii’s 50th-anniversary statehood stamp, which, as of this week, is available to the public.)

By Herb Kawainui Kane

To reply to some frequently asked questions:

How many stamps have you designed? 

This is my ninth for the U.S. Postal Service, the first being one of the Historic Preservation series in which one artist of each state was engaged to do a 30″ x 30″ painting of a project of historic preservation in that state. The collection became a traveling exhibit throughout the U.S. The list includes stamps for the U.S. Micronesian Trust Territories as each became independent republics in free association with the United States. These include Palau, Marshall Islands, Guam, the Northern Marianas, and the Federated States of Micronesia. Here I worked with Art Director Howard Paine, a friend and a great coach who I had worked with earlier when he was art director for the National Geographic Society. 

The commemorative for 25 years of Hawaii statehood was another assignment. Read more