USA issue Botanical Art Forever stamps

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1-0_USPS16STA005b-35986.jpg Botanical Art – corn lilies
The U.S. Postal Service continued its tradition of beautiful floral-themed stamps recently by issuing Botanical Art Forever stamps featuring vintage illustrations taken from 19th and early 20th-century plant and seed catalogues.

The U.S. Postal Service continued its tradition of beautiful floral-themed stamps recently by issuing Botanical Art Forever stamps featuring vintage illustrations taken from 19th and early 20th-century plant and seed catalogues.

The official First Day of Issue ceremony took place on 29 January.

Depicted on the stamps, top row from left:
Corn lilies
Tulips
Stocks
Roses
Petunias

Pictured bottom row from left:
Tulips
Dahlias
Japanese Iris
Tulips
Daffodils and jonquils

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A spokesperson for the USPS said: 'The artists responsible for the work seen on early nursery catalogs are mostly unknown, but their captivating work lives on.'

The stamp art features ten individual designs, each a detail of an illustration from an American nursery catalogue printed between 1891 and 1912. The catalogues are part of The New York Botanical Garden’s nursery and seed catalogue collection, one of the largest and most important collections in the United States.