1948 Moina Michael The Poppy Lady stamp

On this Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, today’s blog post is on the 1948 Moina Michael The Poppy Lady stamp.

I’ve been thinking about the poem “In Flanders Fields” today.  It has been wonderful to discover there was a stamp in 1948 for recognizing a World War I volunteer, Moina Michael, who not only loved the poem, she was “… a primary contributor to the use of poppies as a memorial for veterans of that conflict.”

From my May 23, 2015, blog post: “In Flanders Fields”. Oil on canvas by artist Robert Vonnoh.

My blog post from 2015 on “In Flanders Fields” talked about the history of the poem and included this oil on canvas ‘“In Flanders Field-Where Soldiers Sleep and Poppies Grow (Coquelicots), Poppies by artist Robert Vonnoh, American Impressionist painter.’

About the 1948 Moina Michael The Poppy Lady stamp

At Mystic Stamp Company they are showing the 1948 stamp along with this description –

“… Michael was so inspired by John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields, that she wore a red poppy every day as a symbol of remembrance.

The opening lines of McCrae’s poem are, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses row on row.” It’s one of the most famous wartime poems. Michael wrote a poem in response called We Shall Keep the Faith. After the war, Michael, a professor at the University of Georgia, raised money for disabled veterans in need by selling silk poppies.”
To read the entire entry, click here.
 This Fleetwood First Day Cover Envelope was one of several they are showing available for sale.
Join me tomorrow for my Memorial Day blog post, it will be my third year to write one, as I have done one each Memorial Day, 2015, and 2016 since launching my daily blog post on February 26, 2015.
Anchors Aweigh,  


1948 Moina Michael The Poppy Lady stamp Attribution & Thank you to the following who are referenced today

Image and excerpt, Mystic Stamp Company #977 – 1948 3c Moina Michael US Stamp, @USPS @USPSStamps; Fleetwood First Day Cover Image, #977

AnchoredScraps.com daily blog posts: Image above from May 23, 2015, blog post: “In Flanders Fields”. Oil on canvas by artist Robert Vonnoh; Memorial Day Service Cross Medals Stamps, May 30, 2016; by Helen Rittersporn.

You may also enjoy reading this from AnchoredScraps: Memorial Day Flags on Parade 1991 FDC 5-29-2017 by Helen Rittersporn.



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