National Geographic : 1976 Jan
To be assured of acctance, your application must be postmarked notter than February 15, 1976. S ince long before the dawn of recorded history, peoples have rallied to the flags of kings, empires, and nations. For those thousands of years, flags symbolized only the mighty power of the State. Then, when courageous settlers confronted the rigors of the New World and established America's earliest colonies, they designed flags of their own. Proud flags of a proud people In America - for perhaps the first time - flags were banners of the People.themselves. Symbols of their hopes, aspirations, and ideals. With In dependence those flags became the emblems of Independent Sovereign States, deriving their powers from the consent of the people themselves. The perfect embodiment of independent spirit, traditions, determination, and sense of destiny which the Declaration of Independence proclaimed. History remembers, for instance, that Virginia's Flag, which shows Virtue with her foot on Tyranny, was inspired in 1776 by George Mason's suggestion that his State's motto should be a defiant Sic semper tyrranis (thus always to tyrants). And that New Jersey's buff flag recalls the color chosen in 1779 by George Washington for the uniforms of New Jersey's regiments fighting for Independence. Now, two centuries later, the thirteen have grown to fifty. Each flag the proud emblem of the people, the heritage, the unique strengths, and the rich diversity of the fifty States of the Union. Each intimately woven from the fabric of America's proud history. An unprecedented philatelic event It is more than fitting, therefore, that as a part of the Nation's Bicentennial Celebration, the United States Postal Service will issue on February 23, 1976, an unprecedented series of fifty different Official Commemorative stamps portraying The Flags of the Fifty States. This will be the first such series to honor all fifty state flags, and like all firsts, certain to command the special attention of collectors and historians everywhere. Available to you: the First Editions The assembled Governors of all fifty States and other leading citizens will gather in the Nation's Capital on February 23 to inaugurate the new stamps. At special ceremonies, first editions of the new stamps ... First Day Covers . . .will be officially certified by the coveted, one-day-only, First Day of Issue postmark of our National Capital's Post Office. These Official First Day Covers will be but a small fraction of the total number of stamps eventually printed and available to the general public. Appropriately, America's oldest and largest purveyor of First Day Covers has for months been making painstaking preparations for the First Day of Issue of The Fags of the Fifty States. World renowned for its First Day Covers, Fleetwood will issue The Flags of the Fifty States in one complete collection of fifty individual Official First Day Covers. The first fifty collections have been reserved for the Archives of each of the fifty States in precise order of their admission to. the Union, beginning with Delaware, and ending with Hawaii. Identical collections are also available now to private citizens on an advance reservation basis. A remarkable collection of great historic significance This is the very first collection of First Day Covers ever dedicated exclusively to all fifty States of the Union. As befits such a series, each will be extraordinary in every respect - impeccably cacheted and especially impressive in the scope of its tribute. The individual cachets will portray one great citizen from each State who, under an Act of Congress, has been honored in the National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol in Washington. These are men and women "illustrious for their historic renown or for distinguished civic or military services" to their State and Nation. They are the proud sons and daughters who have given substance to the vision of our Declaration of Independence. Among them: William E. Borah, "The Lone Lion of Idaho." Samuel Adams, the firebrand revolutionary and Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Massachusetts. Thomas Starr King, whose matchless oratory saved California to the Union. Esther Hobart Morris, whose efforts made Wyoming the first government in the world to grant women equal rights. And, John C. Calhoun of South Carolina, in his time the pre-eminent champion of the Union, the South, and States' Rights. A deluxe collector's album will display and protect your collection Collectors who take advantage of this opportuni ty to acquire the Official First Day Covers of The Flags of the Fifty States will also receive, without additional cost, a handsomely bound collector's album, with protective dustcase. To enhance the historical and educational value of this collection, an authoritative reference guide will be provided with biographies of the citizens honored on the cachets. And the fascinating history and significance of each state Flag. A single, genuinely limited, edition The Flags of the Fifty States will be issued only once - on the precise First Day of Issue, and only as a complete collection. The total edition will thus be forever held to the exact number officially post marked on this date. The distinctive postmark will certify to you that The Flagsof the Fifty States can never be issued again. Truly, this will be a limited, first edition collection. The original issue price for the complete collec tion of fifty Official First Day Covers is $70, and you may pay for it in its entirety now, charge it to your MasterCharge or BankAmericard Charge account, or pay for it on a convenient installment program. A collection of timeless significance The Official First Day Covers of The Flagsof the Fifty States deserve an honored place in your home. As constant reminders of the great and unique contributions which each of the States have made to the Nation born two hundred years ago this July 4th. And as a legacy which will continue to inspire you, your children, and their children for generations to come. Subscription deadline: February 15 Please remember that this is the only time that the Official First Day Covers of The Flags of the Fifty States can ever be issued. To take advantage of your opportunity to acquire this collection, your order should be postmarked no later than February 15, 1976 - the last date on which Fleetwood can guarantee acceptance of your order. Applications should be sent directly to The Fleetwood Company, 1 Unicover Center, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82008, before this deadline. ADVANCE SUBSCRIPTION APPLICATION THE OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS OF ie CFlags gf tlie Fifty'Statej To be postmarked not later than February 15, 1976 Fleetwood GN Cheyenne, Wyoming 82008 Please accept my subscription for the Official First Day Cover Collection of The Flags of the Fifty States. The collection will consist of 50 impeccably cacheted Official First Day Covers to be sent to me under protective cover following the Official First Day of Issue date, February 23, 1976. Shipment at intervals beginning approximately six weeks thereafter and concluding approximately twelve weeks after the issue date. The original issue price is $70 for the complete collection, which I prefer to pay as follows: E I enclose $10 in partial payment of the total price of$70. I am to be billed for the balance in four monthly installments of $15. There is no finance charge. l I enclose my remittance of $70 as payment in full. D I prefer to have the full amount of $70 charged to my credit card account listed below: El MasterCharge D BankAmericard Credit Card Number Expiration Date Signature All applications are subject to acceptance Mr. Mrs. Miss PLEASE PRINT NAME CLEARLY Address City State Zip FLEETWOOD WILL ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION. Established 1929, Fleetwood, a division of Unicover Corporation, is America's oldest and largest purveyor of First Day Covers. It is not affiliated with any governmental agency.