State and Territory Postage Stamps
The United States Postal Service has chronicled and commemorated significant events in state and territorial history through its issuance of postage stamps. Anniversaries of statehood have provided the occasion for numerous issues of stamps. Some stamps, like the 1935 Connecticut and 1934 Maryland commemorative issues, celebrated three hundred years of settlement. A 1933 issue commemorates the founding of the colony of Georgia by James Oglethorpe. State flags, birds, flowers, seals, and trees are often found in these stamp designs. There are also depictions of cityscapes, landscapes, mountains--from Mount Rushmore to the Old Man of the Mountains--seascapes, and coral reefs. U.S. postage stamps are interesting and colorful reminders of our history. One stamp for each state and territory has been selected for illustrative purposes in this book.
A series of fifty 13-cent stamps depicting the state flags was issued in Washington, D.C., on February 23, 1976. The stamps went on sale in each state capital on the same day. The series was designed by Walt Reed and Peter Cocci. A. Saavedra was the engraver. Of these stamps, 436,005,000 were printed.