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May is “Flower Month”

50 State Birds & FlowersThe idea of state flowers first occurred in 1893 at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where women's groups had decorated their state exhibits with representative flowers. During the fair, a women's congress proposed the selection of a national garland of flowers, each flower to be chosen by the people of a state and adopted by its legislature.

Bird lovers soon suggested the adoption of state birds as well. In many states, plant growers, Audubon societies, nature and garden clubs, and legislators campaigned for favorite flowers and birds.

Flowers and birds are depicted together on the commemorative stamp set issued April 14, 1982, representing all 50 states.

—Beverly Coward

National Postal Museum Library sources consulted:

Stamp Design Files, Scott 1992 Specialized Catalogue of US Stamps, State Birds and Flowers A1338-A1387.

Birds and Flowers of the Fifty States, A Collection of US Commemorative Stamps, QL699.B57 1982.

State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols, Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, E155.S44 1987X.

Maryland State Stamp
Virginia Cardinal Stamp

One Comment

  1. beautiful stamps. really may is a month of flowers.
    thanks for sharing

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