California Statehood
4.125 in HIGH x 9.5 in WIDE
(10.48 cm HIGH x 24.13 cm WIDE)
Museum Purchase

California Statehood Sesquicentennial, 1850-2000, September 9, 2000, Oakland, California 94612

This first day cover is postmarked "Califonria Statehood Sesquicentennial Station 1850-2000, September 9, 2000, Oakland, California 94612." The envelope is white and is printed in color with four scenes depicting California "The People," "The Place," "The Politics," "The Promise" which are slogans/themes from the Golden State Museum in Sacramento, and which appear on bookmarks from that institution. Across the bottom of the envelope in metallic gold letters: "California Statehood", with two California poppies in full color between the two words. The stamp shows a depiction of the California Coastline, near Big Sur, with ice plant blooming above the ocean. These first day covers were sold at a California Sesquicentennial event held at the Oakland Museum on Saturday, September 9, 2000. (At the event, when the issue of the ice plant was mentioned because it is not a native plant, a member of the audience jokingly suggested that the ice plant represents "immigrantion.")

Used: California Sesquicentennial | Celebration | Souvenir | Oakland Museum of California | United States Postal Service

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