Yes, Latin Jazz, American Journalists, and the Year of the Rat are all very noteworthy new USPS stamps for 2008, but we're about to hoard these Charles and Ray Eames sets at our local post office. (So sorry in advance if you go to the same post office as us.)
In recognition of their groundbreaking contributions to architecture, furniture design, manufacturing and photographic arts, designers Charles and Ray Eames will be honored next summer with a pane of 16 stamps designed by Derry Noyes of Washington, DC. If you've ever sat in a stackable molded chair, you've experienced their creativity. Perhaps best known for their furniture, the Eameses were husband and wife as well as design partners. Their extraordinary body of creative work -- which reflected the nation's youthful and inventive outlook after World War II -- also included architecture, films and exhibits. Without abandoning tradition, Charles and Ray Eames used new materials and technology to create high-quality products that addressed everyday problems and made modern design available to the American public.