When Rochester Philatelic Association member Gail Ellsworth was looking over her dad’s stamp collection she happened upon an old newspaper article discussing a creative use of the 1939 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commemorative Issue for four northwest states.
Take a look at the rose violet stamp below:
Do the states look like clothes hanging on a clothesline? They did to the makers of a product called “Mrs. Stuart’s Bluing Fabric Whitening”. So, they went to work inserting some clothespins and a woman hanging clothes. They changed the date as Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing was 6 years older than the states and naturally they made the states pure white to reflect the quality of the product.