Yosemite Valley Showcased in Latest American Treasures Series Stamp
MACtac® supplies pressure-sensitive adhesive label materials for Valley of the Yosemite stamp
Artists, writers, poets and musicians have attempted to convey the vast beauty of the Yosemite Valley to those who have not seen or experienced the Western landscape through words, photographs, artwork and now postage stamps. In a continuing effort to showcase the nature and adventure of the American frontier, the United States Postal Service (USPS) recently introduced the Valley of the Yosemite commemorative 42-cent first class stamp. MACtac® supplied the pressure-sensitive adhesive label materials for the 30 million stamps printed.The Valley of the Yosemite stamp image is based on the 1864 oil-on-paperboard painting by Albert Bierstadt, a prominent landscape artist in the 19th century well known for his Western landscapes. Demonstrating the romantic and spiritual aspects of nature through his style and technique, Bierstadt was considered among the second-generation members of the Hudson River School, a group of artists known for depicting American landscapes. “The Western frontier is often associated with the wild, untamed adventure of uncharted territory and manifest destiny, but Bierstadt’s image of the Yosemite Valley highlights the beauty and tranquility of the undisturbed, spectacular wilderness that first greeted new settlers,” said Allison Hazel, marketing manager, MACtac Printing Products. “Supplying the labelstock for the Valley of the Yosemite stamp allows MACtac to join with those who, through the years, have devoted their time and talent to expressing the true grandeur of the west.” Bierstadt’s Valley of the Yosemite, now owned by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is 11 7/8 inches by 19 1/4 inches and one of many dramatic landscape paintings he completed throughout his life. The Valley of the Yosemite commemorative stamp is the eighth issuance in the American Treasures stamp series, designed to display works of American fine art and crafts. Beginning with the Amish Quilts stamp pane in 2001, the American Treasure series has included the New Mexico Rio Grande Blankets stamp booklet, the Quilts of Gee’s Bend booklet and last year’s book of a leaded Favrile-glass window designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Valley of Yosemite commemorative stamp is currently available online at www.usps.com/shop, by phone at 800-STAMP-24 and at local post offices. MACtac has been a qualified supplier for USPS stamps for more than five years, providing materials for a number of pressure sensitive stamps, including “Star Wars,” “Forever,” “Flags of Our Nation,” and “Olympic Games.” For more information about MACtac Roll Label, please call 800.255.9733 or fax 330.688.2194.