The 22-cent commemorative stamp marking the 150th anniversary of Arkansas statehood was issued January 3, 1986, in Little Rock, the state capital. The stamp went on sale at post offices nationally the next business day.
The design features a partial view of Arkansas' Old State House. Trees frame the structure's columned entrance on both sides and shade the sloping lawn in the foreground.
Arkansas entered the Union in 1836 as the nation's 25th state. In the state's early years, its economy was based to a large extent on cotton farms and sawmills. At the time of the stamps issuance, however, its citizens were employed in a wide variety of endeavors that included poultry, hog and dairy farming, fuel refining, coal mining, and timber production. Tourism and recreation had also become important components of the economy.
Arkansas, known as the "Land of Opportunity," was blessed with abundant natural resources, including rich soil, minerals, and pure water. Thick forests, broad river valleys, and moss-laden bayous characterize its diverse topography.
The apple blossom is Arkansas' state flower and the mockingbird its state bird.
The stamps were designed by Roger Carlisle of Jonesboro, Arkansas. Art director and typographer was Richard D. Sheaff of Needham Heights, Massachusetts; modeler was Richard C. Sennett, American Bank Note Company. The gravure process was used. The stamps were issued in panes of fifty.
Postal Bulletin (December 5, 1985).