Arago: 150th Anniversary of Florida Statehood Issue

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150th Anniversary of Florida Statehood Issue

The 150th anniversary of Florida's admission to the United States was celebrated by the Postal Service with the issuance of a 32-cent commemorative stamp. The stamp was issued on March 3, 1995, in Tallahassee, Florida, the state's capital. The Florida Statehood stamp was the first stamp printed with the new 32-cent postage rate.

In 1513, Juan Ponce de León's search for the Fountain of Youth brought him to Florida. Because he landed on the peninsula during the Easter season (in Spanish, pascua florida or "season of flowers"), Ponce de León named the area "Florida." Florida, the Sunshine State, became the nation's twenty-seventh state on March 3, 1845.

Designed by Laura Smith of Hollywood, California, the stamp features an alligator, the most commonly used symbol statewide. The stamps were issued in panes of twenty and printed in the offset lithography by Ashton-Potter (USA), Ltd.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (February, 2, 1995).


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