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John and William Bartram
1999 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of American botanist John Bartram (1699-1777), who established the oldest existing botanical garden in America. With the help of his son William, John Bartram introduced approximately 200 native American plants and propagated innumerable native and exotic plants. His travel journals and letters are an important record of the natural environment of his time. William Bartram (1739-1823) began traveling with his father in the 1750s and later published his own journals. A talented artist, William produced many drawings and watercolors of plants and animals. He wrote Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogules, or Creek Confederacy and the Country of the Choctaws. Published in 1791, the book is commonly called Bartram's Travels. Historic Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia is a public museum, park and garden


Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
This postal card honors historic Mount Vernon, the home and burial site of George Washington, located adjacent to the Potomac River in Mount Vernon, Va. 1999 is the 200th anniversary of Washington's death. In 1751, Washington inherited Mount Vernon, which became his preferred residence from 1759 until his death. Designed by Richard Sheaff, the postal card depicts the mansion house, reproduced from a detail from the National Gallery of Art painting A View of Mount Vernon, circa 1792. The artist of the painting is unknown.

Tropical Flowers
Stamps featuring colorful flowers are some of the most popular and most requested of all time. Botanical artist Steve Buchanan brings to life four species of tropical flowers grown in Hawaii, southern Florida and southern California: Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae), Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia), Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa superba) and Chinese Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis).

Prostate Cancer Awareness
The goal of this stamp is to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men (after lung cancer) and, excluding skin cancer, is the most common cancer in American men. About one in every five American men will have prostate cancer in their lifetime. Prostate cancer rarely shows symptoms until it is too late to be cured. While the Postal Service does not endorse any particular testing method, the National Cancer Institute recommends that men older than 50 discuss the need for regular testing and examinations with their health care provider. Men in high-risk groups may wish to consider testing before age 50. Michael Cronan's design, which incorporates the male gender symbol, serves to heighten awareness of this common form of cancer in men