Monday, March 27, 2006
Today, J gifted me with a new book of stamps - the 2006 "Crops of the Americas" series, which feature chili peppers, beans, sunflowers, squashes, and maize. All of these are crops which had already been cultivated in North America for centuries before Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
To think I had almost gone to the deli for a roll of boring old flag stamps, when all along there was something out there really worth commemorating - food!
All Headline News brings us this fascinating tidbit: "It's the first taste of postal fame for corn, beans and squash. This is the third time sunflowers have appeared on a U.S. stamp. They were featured as the state flower of Kansas in 1982 and again in a set of wildflower stamps in 1992. Chili peppers appeared in a wreath in the 1998 Christmas stamps."
Steve Buchanan of Winstead, CT illustrated the stamps based on photographic slides taken by his wife, Rita Buchanan.