Complete Set of 50
1982 Birds and Flowers Proof Card
Custom-Designed Album Included
Issue Date: April 14, 1982
City: Washington, DC and state capitals
Get the complete set of 50 Birds and Flowers commemorative stamps on Limited-Edition Fleetwood Proof Cards. Act now and we’ll include the custom-designed album with protective pages. It’s a neat way to enjoy the beauty of these miniature masterpieces.
The story of these stamps begins in 1978, when Fleetwood hired father-son wildlife artists Arthur and Alan Singer to create 50 original paintings of state birds and flowers for a set of Fleetwood. When U.S. Postal Service officials saw the high-quality paintings, they immediately decided to issue a 50-stamp se-tenant showcasing the father-son team’s watercolor paintings.
The father-son team labored for over a year on this beautiful philatelic masterpiece. Arthur created the birds, while son Alan painted the flowers. Each stamp is unique – making it the first series of its size to feature original artwork for each different stamp. North Carolina and Virginia share both their state flower (Flowering dogwood) and their state bird (Cardinal, yet each state is represented by an original watercolor painting.
At the time of their issue, these stamps were the most popular in U.S. Postal history.