Beautiful Blooms

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Stamp art showing magnolia flower
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32c Southern Magnolia approved stamp art   

ISSUE Flowering Trees
MEDIUM paper; gouache
ILLUSTRATOR John Dawson
ART DIRECTOR Howard Paine
FIRST DAY OF ISSUE March 19, 1998                           

This design portrays the Southern Magnolia in an old-fashioned botanical print style, and the artwork is one of five art pieces used in the design of a five-set stamp issue.  The Southern Magnolia is the state flower of Mississippi and Louisiana, and the fragrant flower may grow 12 inches across and blooms in the spring or early summer.   

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