31 July 2019 Posted.
Rooster Stamp Reception, San Francisco May 1993, Clarence Lee and his wife Elsa Lee; Courtesy of Elsa Lee, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection. 鸡年邮票发行酒会，1993年5月旧金山，李健文和妻子Elsa Lee；Elsa Lee捐赠，美国华人博物馆（MOCA）馆藏
1992 Rooster Stamps and commemorative envelopes, Courtesy of Elsa Lee, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection.
In 1992 the US Postal Service (USPS) decided to issue a Lunar New Year’s stamp in an effort to commemorate the accomplishments of Chinese Americans in the U.S. The USPS commissioned Hawaiian graphic designer Clarence Lee to create a stamp to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. It was the first stamp to ever have Chinese characters on it and became so well liked that it made more than $5 million in sales from the U.S. and China. Due to the stamps popularity, Lee was commissioned to produce 11 more stamps to complete a full Lunar New Year cycle.
Lee founded his design company Clarence Lee Design & Associates in 1966; he sold the firm in 2005. The firm was based out of Hawaii and created logos for many of the companies on the islands; this includes companies like Royal Kona Coffee, the Hawaii Convention Center, Hawaii Electric Industries, and Northwest Airlines. Lee was also given the opportunity to design a stamp for the Beijing Olympics. While Lee passed away at the age of 72 he will continue to be remembered through his work.