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July 1st, 2011

USPS Stamps Honoring Industrial Designer

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U.S Postal Service Honors Former Herman Miller Design Director, Gilbert Rohde, with Forever Stamp

The U.S Postal Service dedicated a stamp to Gilbert Rohde today as part of their new Pioneers of American Industrial Design series. The stamp pane honors 12 of the nation’s most important and influential industrial designers. Each stamp features the name of a designer and the image of an object they created, along with a brief description. The Gilbert Rohde stamp features a clock he designed for the then Herman Miller Clock Company in 1933.

Gilbert Rohde was one of the most influential and innovative furniture designers in the U.S. He opened his own interior and furniture design firm in the late 1920’s, and by 1931 was designing furniture for Herman Miller’s mass production. Rhode took on the formal role of design director for the Herman Miller Furniture Company in 1932. His emphasis on compact, functional, and affordable pieces for both home and office played a vital role in Herman Miller’s transition into modern furniture, in which it became an American pioneer and a dominant force following World War II.

The U.S. Postal Service dedicated a colorful and provocative pane of 16 stamps honoring Charles and Ray Eameses’ significant influence on modern design that included furniture, film and exhibits. The Pioneers of American Industrial Design Forever stamps were dedicated at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City. They are now available for purchase at Post Offices, online at The Postal Store, or by calling 800-STAMP-24.

About the U.S. Postal Service
A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 150 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government,, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $67 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world?s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 29th in the 2010 Fortune 500. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency six consecutive years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

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