U.S. # 4754
2013 46¢ Phlox
Vintage Seed Packets
Phlox in bloom are spectacular, with masses of small, star-shaped flowers blanketing the plant. There are several varieties that fall into one of three categories – woodland, mounding, or border phlox. These distinctions are based on water needs, soil types, and the physical characteristics of the plant. Phlox, which attract birds and butterflies, are often one of the first flowers to bloom each spring. Centuries ago, Native Americans called April’s full moon the “Full Pink Moon” because it signaled the upcoming appearance of pink Phlox.
Vintage seed packets have grown in popularity over the years. Some people collect them – searching for packets in mint condition, from specific companies or with certain types of illustrations. Their fine artwork is also popular among decorators who frame them for a rustic look. They’re even used by scientists and historians to study these plants’ evolution.
U.S. Postal Service art director Antonio Alcala designed the Vintage Seed Packet stamps. He based these designs on photographs from 1910s and 1920s seed packets. The image for the phlox stamp was based on a seed packed produced for the William D. Burt Seed Co. of New York.
Value: 46¢ First-Class letter rate
Issued: April 5, 2013
First Day City: Oaks, PA – Philadelphia Stamp Exhibition
Type of Stamp: Definitive
Printed by: Avery Dennison
Method: Photogravure printing in double-sided panes of 20 (convertible booklet format)
Perforation: Die Cut 10 ¾
Quantity Printed: 40,000,000 stamps
Though not an established series, flowers have long been a popular subject for U.S. stamps. One of the earliest issues to feature a flower as a prominent design subject was U.S. #977, honoring Moina Michael, the founder of Poppy Day.