“Two Ounce” printed on the Garden Corsage stamp denotes that it can accommodate heavy invitations, oversized greeting cards, and mailings that require extra postage. Like a Forever stamp, this stamp will always be valid for the First-Class Mail 2-ounce rate.
For centuries, boutonnieres — or buttonhole flowers, as they were called in Britain — were a staple part of a well-dressed man’s outfit. A single flower pinned to a lapel or inserted into a jacket buttonhole was part of an elegant man’s wardrobe for most of the 20th century. A boutonniere can also be worn by a woman who prefers something petite or tailored in design.
The word “corsage” was shortened from the original French term “bouquets de corsage,” which referred to the bodice of a dress where small bouquets were pinned. Corsages were fashionable for daily wear in earlier centuries, particularly during the 1700s and 1800s, but gradually they began to be worn mostly on formal occasions.
The stamp artwork features modern botanical styles arranged by floral designer Carol Caggiano. An arrangement of a burgundy mini-cymbidium orchid bloom, a succulent, and a touch of green hydrangea accented with loops of variegated lily grass create a sleek boutonniere. A cream-colored ribbon entwines a spray of petite peach roses and a pink ranunculus, accented with deep-pink heather and seeded eucalyptus, to create a chic botanical presentation for the corsage.