The Destiny of a Sunflower: Now a U.S. Stamp For Spring

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By Jill Brooke

If you have any doubt that the sunflower is a “satellite dish for happiness” as well as the flower of the hour with its links to #flowersforpeace, comes news today that the U.S. Postal Service has unveiled a “Sunflower Bouquet” stamp. 

Of course, art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with digital photography by Harold Davis months ago but what does that say about destiny? We are meant to pay attention worldwide to this special flower and its symbolism for renewal, possibility and hope so I am sharing other sunflower bouquets along with this new stamp that is 2 ounces and meant for letters and invites in a variety of sizes. 

Expect to see sunflowers trending in all types of decor as well which we say is a good thing. 

The stamp art is a still-life image of several orange-and-yellow sunflowers intermingled with irises, dahlias, echinacea (coneflowers) and other small red, purple, white and pink flowers against a white background. To create this image, the photographer backlit the arrangement of flowers on a lightbox and made eight photographic exposures, resulting in a luminous, transparent look.

Especially during the spring months, the U.S. Postal Service issues stamps inspired by garden themes. Last year, there was one inspired by an orchid. These stamps  are also perfect accessories for invitations for weddings, birthday parties and milestone events.