What a day! All I wanted is to get a nice stamp. Maybe a stamp of flowers, birds, famous dead poets anything but a flag stamp. Someone in this whole great big downtown building has to have a stamp of anything but a flag. See I don’t care all that much for flags or nations for which they stand. Not this one, not the other one , not theirs, not ours. The red flag or the pink and black flag flying in the breeze doesn’t even make my heart swell with pride and revolt. I hope by now I don’t have to get into just what I think of the old red white and blue and if anyone reading this really has to know in order to get the gist of this then check out the notes on the bottom of the page and read on dear sweets. So there I was at work hoping to get a stamp working friend and foe alike. Do you have a stamp? Anything but a flag stamp? The management office had only the forever flag stamps, my contact Yvonne had only flag forever stamps, Jessie, Marie and Aggie had only flag flapping forever stamps. Even Hoa in the newsstand store only had flag stamps and she thought that they were pretty. Everywhere only forever flag stamps. What the heck I thought has things in americkkka gotten so bad that now the powers that be are pushing that our mail becomes patriotic? Is it really creeping Fascism coming in showing its ugly head in the mail delivery bag. Being passed around and around across the country and into our mailboxes. Just look at that mail go, the old red, white and blue forever and forever. Such an easy way to tell everyone just where we stand. Send a letter with a forever flag and you will know that I love god, apple pie, my mother and most of all the system for which it stand. Will I ever find anything other than forever flag stamps? Is that all the USPS has to offer us?
I have heard long line tales about the long lines in the main post office here in Hartford and thought oh lord that is how I will have to spend part of my going home time today. Just as I thought when I got in the door, one postal clerk working and a line that looked like she was giving something away. All for a stamp, all for one lousy stamp. Anyone else would just send out their letter with a forever flag stamp up in the right hand corner but not me. May Day told me just flip the damn thing upside down in distress and send the letter out. No won’t do, can’t do, don’t want to do. Small things matter in this revolt that I like and I don’t give one nasty pigs ass what anyone, Commie, capitalist, socialist, anarchist nothing in between think about this.
Small things maybe, but this is the full art that I like. Small things like not using a stamp with a symbol of genocide and false promises of equality, freedom and justice forever when equality, freedom and justice so many are still waiting for means something to me. Need I say you won’t get it this freedom, justice and equality brothers and sisters by flying the flag of the enemy of the people around the world. By flying the flag of the ruling class. Well 20 customers later and 1/2 hour of my time I got to the window and started to ask for anything but flag stamps, said the word stamps and the clerk grabbed a book of flag stamps and scanned them. Hey, wait a minute. I don’t want flag stamps, I want something nice like flowers, birds or even famous dead folks. She gave me a snort and offered stamps of Bonsai trees.
Now I gotta be careful or some of the folks I know might claim that I am helping to pervert nature.
2. With these five stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the beauty of bonsai. The word “bonsai” (Japanese for “plant in a pot”) refers to the art of cultivating plants — usually trees — in trays, pots, or other containers. Favorite bonsai plants include evergreens, maples, and azaleas, but many other trees and shrubs are also suitable.
One of the common styles of bonsai is shown on each of these five stamps. The first stamp depicts a Sierra juniper in semi-cascade style, in which the tip projects over the pot rim but does not extend below the base. Second is a trident maple in informal upright style, in which the trunk bends slightly to the left or right. Third is a black pine in formal upright style, with the trunk straight and tapering evenly, with symmetrical branches, from base to apex. Fourth is an azalea plant in multiple-trunk style, with several trunks emerging from one root system. The fifth and final stamp shows a banyan in cascade style, in which the trunk evokes a stream flowing down a mountainside, with the tip extending below the pot’s base. The plants depicted are roughly 15 to 20 inches tall.
Although no one knows when the first bonsai was created, it is generally accepted that Buddhist monks brought the practice from China to Japan about a thousand years ago. The bonsai collection at the National Arboretum began in 1976 when the Nippon Bonsai Association in Tokyo, Japan, presented the people of the United States with 53 plants as part of the U.S. bicentennial commemoration.
A bonsai master begins with seeds, cuttings, a naturally stunted tree, or a very young tree. Over time, he or she prunes the roots and branches, uses wire to shape and “train” the branches, and sometimes scrapes or peels bark to achieve desired effects. The plant is watered and repotted when necessary, and can live a hundred years or more.
Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler worked with artist John D. Dawson on the Bonsai stamps. They are being issued as Forever® stamps, which are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.