2015 49¢ White
This stamp was one of four in a set of Water Lily stamps. Each one pictures a different color lily that’s popular in garden ponds.
A Native American legend explains the beginning of the white lily. It tells of a little star who wanted to come to Earth as something children would love.
One night, the star entered the dreams of a young brave and asked him what form she should take. In the morning, the brave asked the wise men, who recommended she live in the tops of trees or in the hearts of flowers.
The star wandered above the Earth looking for a place to dwell. She went to the top of a mountain, but it was too lonely. Next the little star tried the blades of prairie grass, but was afraid of being trampled by buffalo. She decided to live on the surface of a lake, so children could paddle their canoes in the summertime and see the star’s reflection in the ripples. She hoped this would make the young ones love her.
When morning came, the children ran down to the shore. They were delighted to see hundreds of white lilies floating on the water. In the center of each one was the bright yellow star.
The youth climbed in their canoes and splashed around the lake. They smelled the sweet fragrance of the lilies and gathered the blossoms. The children called to each other, “Oh! How we love the water lilies!” The little star had found the perfect place to dwell.
The photo of the white water lily was taken by Cindy Dyer at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C. She also photographed the ferns used on coil stamps first issued in 2014. (U.S. #4848-52)
49¢ Water Lilies, issued to satisfy the first-class mail rate
Issue Date: March 20, 2015
City: Cleveland, OH, at the Garfield-Perry March Party 2015 Stamp Show
Printed By: Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Lithographed in sheets of 240, with 12 booklet panes of 20 per sheet
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 11 X 11 ¼