Monday, February 3, 2020

1958 Gardening and Horticulture

The 1958 Gardening and Horticulture stamp is such a beautiful stamp.  It was issued on March 15, 1958, in Ithaca, New York on what was the centennial celebration of the birth ( 3 1/2 years after the death) of Liberty Hyde Bailey, who was an American horticulturist and botanist of well renown and also co-founded the American Society for Horticultural Science.  Over 122 million were printed by the rotary press method by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the perforations are 10 1/2 X 11. It is green in color. It was designed by Denver Gillen and features a woman holding a basket that holds an abundant amount of fruits and vegetables and is surrounded by fruits and vegetables on the ground.

Liberty Hyde Bailey was born on March 15, 1858, in South Haven, MI and was the son of farmers. From the years of 1878 through 1882 he attended Michigan Agricultural College  (now Michigan State University) and met his wife Annette Smith, that he had 2 daughters with. After graduating he returned to Michigan Agricultural College, but this time to teach, and established the very first horticulture department in the country. 

In 1888 he moved with his family to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  He was the dean of the New York State College of Agriculture from 1903 until his retirement in 1913.  In 1910 and 1912 some people wanted him to run for governor of the state of New York but was really looking forward to retirement. After retiring he dedicated almost 40 years to the study of palms and travelled the world in his studies until poor health demanded he gave up his passion. He returned home to Ithaca, NY and died at the age of 96 on Christmas Day in 1954. He and his family are buried in Ithaca, NY at Lake View Cemetary in a mausoleum he designed.

1. “1958 3¢ Gardening - Horticulture.” Mystic Stamp Company - America's Leading Stamp Company.,
2.“Liberty Hyde Bailey.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Jan. 2020,
3.“Read ‘Biographical Memoirs: V.64’ at” National Academies Press: OpenBook,

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