Those closest to the late leader say it’s a fitting tribute to a man who loved writing letters.

By Meghan Overdeep
June 13, 2019
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The U.S. Postal Service issued a new commemorative Forever stamp saluting George H.W. Bush yesterday, on what would have been the 41st president’s 95th birthday.

Those closest to the late leader say it’s a fitting tribute to a man who loved writing letters.

Linda Casey Poepsel, President Bush’s director of correspondence, told KHOU11 that she helped him write tens of thousands of letters over the years.  “I’d come out with pages and pages and pages of dictation,” she recalled. “We’d do 30 letters at a time easily.”

President Bush’s staff estimates that since 1993, his office sent 149,700 congratulatory letters to Eagle Scouts in addition to 43,500 congratulatory letters for births, birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries.

“George H.W. Bush served our nation honorably and with great distinction, and this new Forever stamp helps to capture the spirit and essence of a remarkable man,” Robert M. Duncan, chairman, Board of Governors, U.S. Postal Service, said in a USPS news release. “Throughout his life, President Bush enjoyed sending handwritten letters to friends, colleagues and family, so it is especially fitting to honor him with his own stamp.”

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Bush was reportedly able to choose the portrait for his stamp before he died in November. The image, painted by artist Michael J. Deas, is based on a photograph of Bush that appeared on a 1997 cover of Texas Monthly.

The stamps are currently available for purchase online and in limited post offices. Visit Store.USPS.com for more information.

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