The U.S. Postal Service celebrated spring with a set of stamps that take a new look at a classic subject. They issued a series of Commemorative Forever stamps last month based on Vintage Seed Packets.
These First-Class stamps are based on photographs of seed packets from a century ago. They were created using chromolithography, which allows for inexpensive multi-color prints, and feature illustrations that were originally on the front of flower seed packets printed between 1910 and 1920.
The ten stamps depict blossoms of different varieties of flower: cosmos, digitalis, primrose, calendula, aster, pinks (dianthus), linum, alyssum, phlox, and zinnia.
Postal Service Philadelphia Metropolitan District Manager, Chu Falling Star, said:
Seed packet art depicts the utmost in floral perfection. At the turn of the early 1900s, packets like those displayed on the stamps encouraged Americans to create the perfect floral garden. The Postal Service’s release of these stamps reminds us about the beauty flowers add to our lives and signals the arrival of spring.
Click through to see a selection of the spring stamp designs: