New 2013 Stamps Mark 500 Years of “La Florida”

The year 2013 marks the 500th anniversary of the naming of Florida, and we’ll be celebrating the occasion with these four elegant floral stamps.

LaFlorida-Forever-pane-v4Aren’t they gorgeous?

Each stamp features a cascade of blossoms from a particular variety of flower: red and pink hibiscus; yellow cannas; morning glories in white, red, and shades of purple; and white and purple passionflowers.

Artist Steve Buchanan, who drew each bloom in exquisite detail, wanted the stamps to evoke a tropical feel, with an abundance of flowers native to Florida. He chose flowers of different sizes and colors that had separate personalities but harmonized as a group, much like a garden.

The four La Florida stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. A release date has not yet been set.

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About USPS Stamps

The Postal Service™ is proud of its role in portraying the American experience to a world audience through the issuance of postage stamps and postal stationery. Each year the Postal Service issues commemorative stamps reflecting subjects of national significance and appeal. More than 160 years of stamp development has yielded an incredible archive of imagery and commentary reflecting American culture and society. Even in this fast-changing world, stamps are still a versatile and convenient method of postage. And stamp collecting is a lifetime hobby that is fun and educational for all ages. Stamp collecting is easy to start without a big investment. It is also a great way to learn about the world and its many wonders, opening the door to an exciting universe of history, science, geography, the arts, technology, and sports. Our mission is to provide universal service that is prompt, reliable, efficient, affordable, and self-sustaining. Throughout its history the Postal Service has grown with the nation, binding it together by ensuring that everyone, everywhere, has the same ability to communicate regardless of technological change.