The utmost in floral perfection

Really - that's what they said at today's unveiling of the U.S. Postal Service's new vintage seed packet forever stamps. Oh well, a little hyberbole here does no harm, and the product is beautiful.

The 10-stamp series includes cosmos (here), digitalis, yellow primrose, orange calendula, blue aster, pinks (dianthus),  red linum, white alyssum, phlox, and zinnia. They'll be available for first-day sale at Macy's Center City store in the old Wanamaker's today and tomorrow. This, because John Wanamaker was the nation's Postmaster General from 1889 to 1893. Didn't know that, did you?


This kind of illustration graced the fronts of flower seed packets printed between 1910 and 1920. Perhaps you've seen their reincarnation today ... I'm all for it. Beats those forever flag stamps a-n-y day.

These come in booklets of 20. They cost $9.20, and they're quite pretty. I'm going to order some asap from