New Flower Stamps

Bay Hill Florist OrlandoThe beauty of American garden flowers is captured on 10 colorful new stamps featuring intricate illustrations from vintage seed packets. Art director Antonio Alcalá used photographs of actual seed packets, cropping them to highlight the beautiful floral detail. Above each illustration is the name of the flower in bold capital letters.

Created using chromolithography — a process that replaced hand-tinted lithographs and allowed for inexpensive multi-color prints — the illustrations originally graced the fronts of flower seed packets printed between 1910 and 1920. Whether hand-tinted lithographs, vintage chromolithographs, or modern photographs, seed packet art presents a picture of floral perfection.

Each of the 10 stamps depicts blossoms of one variety of flower — a trio of cosmos in delicate white, pink, and red; stalks of yellow, pink and coral digitalis; bright yellow primrose flowers with orange centers; a vibrant orange calendula; white, pink and blue aster blooms; two shades of pinks (dianthus), one pale, one dark; linum blossoms in a rich red; white drifts of alyssum; clusters of phlox in red, pink and purple; and pale pink, subtle yellow, and muted orange-red zinnia flowers.

What do you think of these new stamps? Will you be buying them? No surprise here: we DEFINITELY will.

13 Responses to “New Flower Stamps”
  1. rachel says:

    I haven’t seen these locally yet! Such pretty stamps. Will have to check them out!

  2. Kaila says:

    Thank you for highlighting these stamps…they are beautiful! I think I will be buying some for when I send cards.

  3. Joanne Schultz says:

    ooh such pretty stamps! But I only buy forever stamps 🙁

  4. Lisa Grassetti says:

    I really like having different and pretty stamps! These are so pretty :)I love flowers!

  5. Wehaf says:

    These are beautiful! I am definitely going to stock up!

  6. Connie Lee says:

    I just love these stamps, such pretty pics. If I have something special I need to mail out, like birthday cards and things, I will get some of these. I use forever stamps mostly.

  7. Raine says:

    I have always enjoyed collecting stamps when a great new collection comes out, but sadly I make less trips to the Post Office in recent years and I’ve missed out on a lot I bet. Thank you for this post, I love this new collection and I will be making a point to get a sheet to frame and put with my others. I enjoy everything floral and gardening-I think the vintage design is very cool. Great post!

  8. lisa says:

    So pleased they came out with these; they are so pretty

  9. Monja Blue says:

    These are gorgeous! I’ll definitely have to get them. I really enjoyed hearing about how they were produced, too!

  10. Rachel Beltz says:

    The Linum, Primrose and Aster have to be my favorite! I love stamps, and seeing another love, being flowers, is a double win! These stamps are adorable, and perfect for spring!

  11. Carolsue says:

    I haven’t seen these yet either. They would look nice on wedding invitations or birthday cards.

  12. says:

    Pretty stamps just in time for Spring!

  13. joseph gersch jr says:

    these are beautiful wyas to learn aobut flowers

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