Kevin Blackston
PO Box 217
Floresville TX 78114-0217
United States of America

Are the Everglades being philatelically ignored?

I’ve been busy recently listing odds and ends on eBay, plus getting Philosateleian Post’s 10th Anniversary stamp FDCs out the door. (I mailed those on Monday.) I’ve also found a little bit of time to chip away at my landscapes collection, however, and I’m happy to say that all of the sites starting with the letter “E” are now online.

Among the stamps I posted is a United Nations issue picturing the Everglades.

20-cent United Nations postage stamp picturing the Everglades in Florida, USA
Everglades stamp

I had never really thought about it, but I realized that the United States has only issued a single stamp specifically commemorating the Everglades—that way back when Everglades National Park was established in 1947—and while it pictures a bird and an outline of the state of Florida, it doesn’t show the Everglades proper.

Green 3-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing bird and outline of Florida
Everglades National Park stamp

In addition, one of the sheets from the Nature of America series was titled “Southern Florida Wetland,” which although not specified is presumably the Everglades.

Sheet of 10 39-cent U.S. postage stamps picturing plants and animals of Southern Florida wetland
Southern Florida Wetland sheet

Considering some of the other topics the United States has honored on its stamps in recent years, isn’t it about time for an Everglades stamp that actually pictures the Everglades?

Published 2014-01-30


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