The Postal Service issued a 25-cent commemorative stamp honoring the centennial of Washington statehood on February 22, 1989, in Olympia, Washington. Washington is the only state named for an American president, and the first day of issue coincided with George Washington's birthday. Washington became the forty-second state of the Union, entering on November 11, 1889.
The Washington stamp was the third of five issues commemorating statehood anniversaries in 1989. Others include Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and North Carolina.
Howard Rogers made his philatelic design debut with this vertically-oriented commemorative stamp. It features Mt. Rainier at night with the moon shining over the right side. Along the tree-lined shores of Reflection Lake, a lone fisherman in a canoe drifts across the mirrored image of the majestic snowcapped mountain.
The stamps were printed in the photogravure process and issued in panes of fifty. This was the twelfth stamp printed by the American Bank Note Company, a private firm, under the terms of a contract the Postal Service awarded on January 12, 1987. It was the forty-third stamp printed by that firm since 1979.
Postal Bulletin (January 12, 1989).