USA - The States of the Union

Last updated:    October 8, 2016 (PDT)

USA_States

Purpose

This textless display showcases each of the 50 states of the USA. It aims to take you on a trip around the USA whilst learning something about each state.

Organization and scope

1. It is ordered by date of statehood. The starting point is Washington, D.C., followed by Delaware, the first state to gain statehood, and it ends with Hawaii, the last state to gain statehood.

2. Each state ideally is represented by:

3. Additional stamps relating to the state will be shown on the state title page where space allows.

4. Any successive pages may show:

5. Postcards stating "Greetings from" and postcards depicting the state capitol have been used on the state title page where available.

6. Some states have many pages, to showcase their varied tourist attractions. For example, California, Oregon and Arizona have at least 10 pages each.

7. The original intention was to show correspondence from state to state in order of statehood. This proved more difficult than expected. However, the occasional item has turned up, and each is highlighted by a bright border. As of Nov 2014, two items have been included.

Display Pages

The state list below shows for each state the order of statehood, the state name, its nickname, its date of statehood, its capital and a summary of the material shown.

Click on a state name to see the page(s) pertaining to that state.

      Washington D.C., The Nation's Capital, July 16, 1790 (4 pages, 1 postcard)
1.    Delaware, The First State, December 7, 1787, Dover (1 page, 1 modern cover)
2.    Pennsylvania, The Keystone State, December 12, 1787, Harrisburg (4 pages, 1 postcard)
3.    New Jersey, The Garden State, December 18, 1787, Trenton (2 pages, 1 postcard)
4.    Georgia, The Peach State January 2, 1788, Atlanta (1 page,1 postcard)
5.    Connecticut, The Constitution State, January 9, 1788, Hartford (1 page, 1 postal card)

6.    Massachusetts, The Bay State February 6, 1788, Boston (2 pages, 1 cover)
7.    Maryland, The Old Line State, April 28, 1788, Annapolis  (1 page)
8.    South Carolina, The Palmetto State, May 23, 1788, Columbia  (1 page, 1 postal card)
9.    New Hampshire, The Granite State, June 21, 1788, Concord (1 page, 1 postal card)
10.   Virginia, The Old Dominion State, June 25, 1788, Richmond (2 pages, 1 postcard)

11.   New York, The Empire State, July 26, 1788, Albany (13 pages, 3 postcards)
12.   North Carolina, The Tar Heel State, November 21, 1789, Raleigh (2 pages, 1 postcard)
13.   Rhode Island, The Ocean State, May 29, 1790, Providence (1 page)
14.   Vermont, The Green Mountain State, March 4, 1791, Montpelier (1 page)
15.   Kentucky, The Bluegrass State, June 1, 1792, Frankfort (2 pages)

16.   Tennessee, The Volunteer State, June 1, 1796, Nashville (1 page, 1 postcard)
17.   Ohio, The Buckeye State, March 1, 1803, Columbus (1 page, 1 postcard)
18.   Louisiana, The Pelican State, April 30, 1812, Baton Rouge (1 page)
19.   Indiana, The Hoosier State, December 11, 1816, Indianapolis (1 page, 1 modern cover)
20.   Mississippi, The Magnolia State, December 10, 1817, Jackson (1 page)

21.   Illinois, The Prairie State, December 3, 1818, Springfield (2 pages, 1 postcard)
22.   Alabama, The Yellowhammer State, December 14, 1819, Montgomery (1 page)
23.   Maine, The Pine Tree State, March 15, 1820, Augusta (2 pages, 1 postcard)
24.   Missouri, The Show Me State, August 10, 1821, Jefferson City (3 pages, 1 cover)
25.   Arkansas, The Natural State, June 15, 1836, Little Rock (1 page, 1 postcard)

26.   Michigan, The Great Lakes State, January 26, 1837, Lansing (2 pages, 1 postcard)
27.   Florida, The Sunshine State, March 3, 1845, Tallahassee (2 pages, 1 postcard)
28.   Texas, The Lone Star State, December 29, 1845, Austin (4 pages, 1 postcard)
29.   Iowa, The Hawkeye State, December 28, 1846, Des Moines (2 pages, 1 postcard)
30.   Wisconsin, The Badger State May 29, 1848, Madison (2 pages, 1 cover)

31.   California, The Golden State, September 9, 1850, Sacramento (34 pages, 9 postcards)
32.   Minnesota, The North Star or Gopher State, May 11, 1858, Saint Paul (2 pages, 1 postcard)
33.   Oregon, The Beaver State, February 14, 1859, Salem (35 pages, 1 cover, 8 postcards)
34.   Kansas, The Sunflower State, January 29, 1861, Topeka (1 page)
35.   West Virginia, The Mountain State, January 29, 1861, Charleston (1 page, 1 postcard)

36.   Nevada, The Silver State, October 31, 1864, Carson City (3 pages, 1 postcard)
37.   Nebraska, The Cornhusker State, March 1, 1867, Lincoln (2 pages, 1 postcard)
38.   Colorado, The Centennial State, August 1, 1876, Denver (3 pages, 1 postcard)
39.   North Dakota, The Peace Garden State, November 2, 1889, Bismarck (2 pages, 1 postcard)
40.   South Dakota, Mount Rushmore State, November 2, 1889, Pierre (3 pages, 1 postcard)

41.   Montana, The Treasure State, November 8, 1889, Helena (3 pages, 1 postcard)
42.   Washington, The Evergreen State, November 11, 1889, Olympia (7 pages, 2 covers)
43.   Idaho, The Gem State, July 3, 1890, Boise (4 pages, 1 postcard)
44.   Wyoming, The Equality or Cowboy State, July 10, 1890, Cheyenne (7 pages, 2 postcards)
45.   Utah, The Beehive State, January 4, 1896, Salt Lake City (3 pages)

46.   Oklahoma, The Sooner State, November 16, 1907, Oklahoma City (2 pages, 1 postcard)
47.   New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment, January 6, 1912, Santa Fe (2 pages, 1 postcard)
48.   Arizona, The Grand Canyon State, February 14, 1912, Phoenix (11 pages, 3 postcards)
49.   Alaska, The Last Frontier, January 3, 1959, Juneau (5 pages, 1 postcard)
50.   Hawaii, The Aloha State, August 21, 1959, Honolulu (3 pages, 1 postcard)

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