Oklahoma's Centennial Honored on U.S. Postage Stamp

January 10th, 2007

The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the 100th birthday of Oklahoma's statehood Jan. 11 with the issuance of the Oklahoma Statehood stamp. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Oklahoma City at 9 a.m. at the Oklahoma History Center, 2401 N. Laird Avenue.

Written in the right corner of the stamp design are the words, "Oh, what a beautiful mornin'...," a popular song from the musical "Oklahoma," by Rogers and Hammerstein. Oklahoma became the 46th state on Nov. 16, 1907. The stamp is a painting by Oklahoma artist Mike Larsen and features the morning sunlight as it touches the waters of the Cimarron, one of several rivers that meander through the state.

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