The Postal Service issued a 37-cent John James Audubon stamp on June 27, 2002, in Santa Clara, California. The stamps, designed by Derry Noyes, Washington, DC, went on sale nationwide June 28, 2002.
John James Audubon was a self-taught artist and naturalist. Audubon dedicated himself to a project that became his life's work and greatest passion — a comprehensive survey of America's birds, beautifully and realistically illustrated and shown in their natural habitats. His book "Birds of America" has been described as "the finest pictorial ornithological book ever produced." The stamp is the second issuance in the American Treasures Series and portrays two species of tanager, the Louisiana tanager and scarlet tanager.
Sennett Security Products printed 70 million stamps in the gravure process. The stamp was issued in a pressure sensitive-adhesive (PSA) pane of 20.
Postal Bulletin (May 30, 2002).