Arago: Flowers Issue

Flowers Issue

The Postal Service issued a 37-cent Garden Bouquet (Weddings) commemorative stamp and a 60-cent Garden Botanical (Weddings) commemorative stamp on March 4, 2004, in New York, New York. The 37-cent Garden Bouquet stamp was produced as a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA), single-sided convertible booklet of twenty, and the 60-cent (two-ounce rate) Garden Botanical stamp was produced as a PSA pane of twenty. Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, Arizona, designed the stamps.

The 37-cent stamp features a bouquet of white lilacs and large pink roses. Garden Bouquet, as this stamp is known, could be used for one-ounce first-class mail envelopes, including the response envelope often enclosed in a wedding invitation. Ashton-Potter (USA), Ltd., produced 750 million stamps in the offset process.

The 60-cent Garden Botanical stamp features a drawing of mostly pink wild roses. At a 60-cent denomination, this stamp accommodated the extra weight of a wedding invitation as well as other mailings such as oversized cards or small gift enclosures that require extra postage. Sennett Security Products printed 150 million stamps in the gravure process.

These stamps are part of the Love series. The first Love stamp was issued by the Postal Service in 1973. Since that time, Love stamps have featured a wide range of subjects, including flowers, animals, cherubs, and love letters, as well as abstract designs.


Postal Bulletin (February 5, 2004).

Additional Records