The Postal Service issued a 25-cent South Carolina Statehood stamp on May 23, 1988, in Columbia, South Carolina. The official First Day of Issue ceremony occurred in the House of Representatives Chamber of the South Carolina statehouse in Columbia.
This statehood stamp was the first 1988 commemorative stamp issued with the new first-class postage rate. It was the eleventh issue in the Constitution Series, which celebrated 200 years of statehood for the thirteen original colonies and highlighted other significant steps along the pathway to the founding of this nation's government.
South Carolinian representatives were instrumental in the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1774. Delegates bent their energies toward securing a government that would protect the interests of property owners and give South Carolina considerable voice in the government. In 1788, South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the Constitution.
The stamp features the palmetto, South Carolina's state tree, as the focal point of the seashore scene. Two additional palmettos are partially visible in the background, and sea grass sways at the foot of the trees.
Designed by Bob Timberlake, the stamps were printed in the photogravure process by the American Bank Note Company, and issued in panes of fifty.
Postal Bulletin (April 28, 1988).