National Geographic : 1982 Feb
... and a lasting part of America the Beautiful. It is appropriate, therefore, that The Birds & Flowers of the 50 States is soon to be the subject of what is surely the most beautiful - and important - series of United States postage stamps in our nation's history. For, in March, 1982, the U.S. Postal Service will issue fifty different official commemorative stamps, to honor these living symbols of the United States. Exquisite stamps by America's greatest wildlife artist Significantly, each stamp in this important series is a triumph in craftsmanship and design by a man who is often called America's greatest living wildlife artist: Arthur Singer. For over two years, Singer has labored to achieve the perfec tion and absolute fidelity to nature this tribute deserves. Thus, as leading citizens gather in our Nation's Capital in March, they will participate in the inauguration of a commemorative stamp series without parallel. At these special ceremonies, FirstEditions ofthe new stamps . . . FirstDayCovers . . . will be officially certified by the coveted, one-day only, First Day of Issue postmark of our national Capital's Post Office. These will be but a small fraction of the total number of stamps eventually printed and available to the general public. Appropriately, Fleetwood, America's oldest and largest purveyor of First Day Covers, will issue The Birds & Flowers of the 50 States in one complete collection of fifty official First Day Covers, each bearing a coveted First Edition stamp and postmark. Matching works of art by the designer of the stamps In addition, and of special importance to knowledgeable collectors everywhere, each of these official First Day Covers will bear a matching original work of art to enhance each stamp - created by the designer of the stamps themselves, Arthur Singer. Only rarely do First Day Covers of America's stamps bear such originalart by the actual designer of the stamps. Thus, the First Day Covers available through Fleetwood are very desirable indeed. For Arthur Singer has painstakingly recreated colorful, authentic stamps and cachets which perfectly complement one another . from the flame-red plumage of Ohio's cardinal to the soft pink, sweetly-scented Mayflowers of Massachusetts. This is truly a landmark collection that will be acclaimed and sought-after by collectors and nature lovers from each and every State. So significant is this philatelic tribute, that the first fifty collections have been reserved for the Archives of each of the fifty States. In addition, identical collections are also available now to a few private citizens strictly on an advance reservation basis ... by direct order from Fleetwood. A single, Limited Edition The Birds & Flowers of the 50 States will be issued only once - on the precise First Day of Issue, and only as a complete collection. The distinctive postmark will certify to you that it can never be issued again. The original issue price for the collection is $1.95 per Cover . . .modest indeed, especially when you consider that the only other collection of this kind - The Flags of the Fifty States issued in 1976 - now commands two and a half times its original issue price. To reserve your collection, simply enclose a modest $10 deposit with your application, and you will be billed in five monthly installments of $17.50 each. Or, if you choose to use your credit card, you need send no money now. A collection of timeless significance The Birds & Flowers of the 50 States deserves an honored place in your home. As constant reminders of the glorious richness of the great American outdoors . .. of nature's unique gift of beauty to each individual state. And as a legacy which will continue to inspire you, your children and their children for generations to come. Subscription Deadline: March 31 To take advantage of your opportunity to acquire this important collection, your order should be postmarked no later than March 31, 1982 - the last date on which Fleetwood can guarantee acceptance of your order. Mail your application today to: Fleetwood, One Unicover Center, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82008-0001. ©1982 Fleetwood --------------------------.---------------------- SUBSCRIPTION APPLICATION THE IRDS& FLOWER B'TOHE ! STATES S To be postmarked not later than March 31, 1982 Fleetwood C3BF Cheyenne, Wyoming 82008-0001 Please accept my subscription for the official First Day Cover Collection of The Birds &Flowers ofthe 50 States. The collection will consist of fifty First Day Covers which will be sent to me at intervals beginningeight to ten weeks after the First Day of Issue and concluding ten weeks later. The original issue price of $1.95 per Cover includes authoritative historical information and a deluxe collector's album. I prefer to pay as follows: O DIRECTLY: I enclose my check or money order for $10 as a deposit. Please bill me for the balance in five equal monthly payments of $17.50 each. There is no finance charge. O BY CREDIT CARD: Please charge my $10 deposit to my credit card indicated below. Then, charge my account for the balance in five equal monthly installments of $17.50 each: 0 MasterCard O Visa O American Express 0 Diners Club 0 Carte Blanche Card No. Expires Signature All applications subject to acceptance by Fleetwood Mr. Mrs. Miss PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY Address City State Zip Established 1929, Fleetwood is recognized as America's foremost purveyor of philatelic commemoratives. A division of Unicover Corporation, it is not affiliated with the U.S. Postal Service. Deluxe, custom-made album and historical information included at no additional charge Collectors who take advantage of this opportunity to acquire The Birds & Flowers of the 50 States will also receive, without additional cost, a luxurious custom-made collector's album to preserve, protect and display the First Day Covers. In addition, to enhance the appreciation, enjoyment and educational value of the collection, complete and authoritative information about each state bird and flower will be printed on the back of each cover.