Over at Virdian’s Postcard Blog the theme for this week’s Sunday Stamps meme is “flowers” and she has posted a gorgeous Chinese stamp featuring a sunflower. Sunflowers are one of my favourite flowers too – whilst on family holidays in France as a child I remember being amazed the first time I saw fields and fields of them growing and was delighted to discover that sunflower cultivation is also widespread here in Italy too, where I now live. With that in mind I thought I would share this 4 cent Kansas Statehood Centennial commemorative stamp issued on 10 May 1961 and featuring a sunflower, with an early pioneer couple standing in front of a stockade in the background.
Kansas, for anybody who lives outside the United States, is familiar to us from popular culture. I only really know three things about Kansas: the first is what I’ve gleaned from the lyrics of the Rodgers and Hammerstein show tune (I’m in Love with) a Wonderful Guy from the musical South Pacific that famously begins with the line I’m as corny as Kansas in August; the second is that young Superman, back when he was still Clark Kent, grew up in the fictitious Kansas town of Smallville; and last, but by no means least, that Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, lived in the tornado prone state – Judy Garland’s line Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more, is a part of cinema history.