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21 February 2020

Wild Orchids
Coral Gables, FL

United States: Wild Orchids, Date To Be Announced. Image from Stamp News Now.

In announcing the USPS 2020 stamp program on 22 October 2019, United States Postal Service Stamp Services Acting Executive Director William Gicker stated, “since 1847, the Postal Service stamp program has celebrated the people, events and cultural milestones unique to the history of the United States. The 2020 stamp subjects continue this rich tradition. These miniature works of art offer something for everyone interested in American history and culture.”

From the USPS announcement on 22 October 2019:

The Postal Service celebrates the exotic beauty of orchids with 10 new stamps in booklets of 20 and coils of 3,000 and 10,000. Each stamp features a photograph of one of nine species that grow wild in the United States: Cypripedium californicum, Hexalectris spicata, Cypripedium reginae, Spiranthes odorata, Triphora trianthophoros, Platanthera grandiflora, Cyrtopodium polyphyllum, Calopogon tuberosus and Platanthera leucophaea. Orchids also have common names, with some plants having several different names in popular use. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with existing photographs by Jim Fowler.

Triphora trianthophoros appears on two stamps in this set.

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