U.S. # 4752
2013 46¢ Morning Glories
Before Spanish conquistadors and missionaries arrived, Aztecs ingested morning glory seeds to get in touch with the sun gods. Others in the southern regions of the Americas believed the divinity lived within the seeds and that eating them would give them mystical insight. Over 400 years ago, one missionary noted, “the essence takes their reason away to all who use it... the indigenous get in contact this way with the devil.”
The missionary was half right – the state the natives reported was caused by R-lysergic and D-isolysergic, which are similar to ingredients found in LSD. Rather than create a new (psychotic) imagined event, the drug heightens the sense of what is actually happening in the user’s environment. The Native Americans also had a steady supply, as the plant is one of nature’s most dependable seed producers.
Morning glories are a perennial climbing vine in warm zones and annual in regions that experience killing frosts. The vine is loaded with heart-shaped leaves and saucer-shaped flowers that unravel into full bloom early in the morning and die by midday. But each dawn brings a new blast of brilliant color as some morning glory varieties are even known to produce as many as 60,000 flowers at the rate of 300 new blooms every day.
Ethel Kessler designed the La Florida stamps using artwork created by Steve Buchanan. The stamps were designed to stand as separate images and work together as one. According to Kessler, Buchanan “brought the subjects together beautifully and broke them apart beautifully.”
Value: 46¢ First-Class letter rate
Issued: April 3, 2013 – 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s naming of Florida
First Day City: St. Augustine, FL at the Juan Ponce de Leon Dia de Fiesta
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Avery Dennison
Method: Photogravure printing in sheets of 160, in 10 panes of 16
Perforation: Serpentine Die Cut 10 ½ x 10 ¾
Quantity Printed: 23,000,000 stamps
In a poll among readers of Linn’s Stamp News, the La Florida se-tenant was voted the best-design U.S. commemorative stamps.