Whether it inspires excitement, tears, fears or nostalgia, the bright yellow bus that
transports millions of students to classrooms across the United States every day is a cherished artifact of
a common childhood experience. With the release of the School Bus additional ounce stamp, the U.S.
Postal Service celebrates the iconic yellow school bus and its place in the nation’s collective childhood.
About 25 million children across the United States ride a yellow bus to school every day. In addition to
providing safe and reliable transportation — almost 70 times safer than being driven to school in a car—
these buses also keep millions of cars off the road, saving gasoline and lowering carbon dioxide
emissions. Inside each bus is a rolling microcosm: a youthful world where childish joys and dramas play
out, friendships form and dissolve, and daydreams are dreamed as children are ferried to and from
The stamp’s background is ecru, while the school, flag, and lettering are tan. The school building’s few
details — windows, door, clock face, and “SCHOOL” lettering — are also ecru. The body of the bus is
bright yellow, its tire rims are gray, and its tires, door, windows, bumpers, trim, and details are black. In
addition, black lettering on its side states “LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT.” The bus stands on a thick black
line that serves both as a road and a border separating it from the words “ADDITIONAL OUNCE” along
the stamp’s bottom edge.
Artist Steve Wolf worked with art director Greg Breeding and designer Mike Ryan to create this stamp.