July 9, 2004
R. Buckminster Fuller stamp to be issued by U.S. Postal Service
By Elaine Ray
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a commemorative postage stamp honoring R. Buckminster Fuller at 11 a.m. Monday, July 12. The event will take place at Cubberley Auditorium in the School of Education Building at 485 Lasuen Mall on the Stanford campus. The stamp dedication program is open to the public.
Featured speakers will include Anita Bizzotto, USPS senior vice president and chief marketing officer; Allegra Fuller Snyder, Fuller's daughter and professor emerita of dance and dance ethnology at UCLA; Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, astronaut on the Gemini 12 and Apollo 11 missions; Michael Keller, Stanford university librarian; Joshua Arnow, board president of the Buckminster Fuller Institute; and Scott Tucker, San Francisco district manager of the Postal Service.
The stamp honors the legendary American inventor, architect, engineer, designer, geometrician, cartographer and philosopher. The stamp artwork is a painting of Fuller by Boris Artzybasheff (1899-1965). The painting, which originally appeared on the cover of Time magazine on Jan. 10, 1964, depicts Fuller's head in the pattern of a geodesic dome. Geodesic domes and a number of his other inventions surround Fuller, including the Dymaxion Car, the 4D Apartment House and several objects and models that reflect the geometric and structural principles he discovered. The stamp will be on sale only in Palo Alto on July 12.