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Wisconsin Centennial Stamp Contest | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Wisconsin Centennial Stamp Contest - Image Gallery Essay

Wisconsin Centennial Stamp Contest | Wisconsin Historical Society
Shows the design for the Wisconsin Centennial 3 cent stamp featuring United States flags in the order they joined the Union (Wisconsin was the 30th state to join).

Wisconsin Centennial Stamp Design with Flags

Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Design for the Wisconsin Centennial 3 cent stamp featuring United States flags in the order they joined the Union (Wisconsin was the 30th state to join). View the original source document: WHI 34639

EnlargeA reddish Wisconsin America's Dairyland themed stamp design.

Wisconsin Postage Stamp Design, 1948

A reddish Wisconsin America's Dairyland themed stamp design. View the original source document: WHI 35733

Since 1893, the United States Postal Service has issued stamps commemorating significant people, issues and events. In 1945, in preparation for the Wisconsin State Centennial, Wisconsin made a request to the United States Post Office Department for a commemorative stamp. In November of 1947 the Milwaukee Philatelic Society announced a Centennial Stamp Contest. Artists needed to be residents of Wisconsin, and designs were to be appropriate for the centennial celebration. Artists chose to illustrate typical activities of Wisconsinites such as dairy cows, lumbering or logging, farm buildings, industrial buildings and the Wisconsin State Capitol. This gallery contains a selection of just under 30 stamp designs created for the Centennial Stamp Contest and a few related photographs.

Note: To view the collection visit the Archives Research Room at the Wisconsin Historical Society. See the Library Catalog listing for the Centennial stamp design contest, 1948 collection.

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