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    Posted: 27 August 2020 at 07:20
While I no longer live in the state of Iowa, I grew up on a farm and in a small town in western Iowa and had what can only be called a happy childhood.  As a response to my fondness for my home state I collect philatelic items related to Iowa which include stamps, covers, and, appropriate to this forum, cinderellas.  Beginning today, I will be posting the Iowa-related cinderellas I have accumulated

I begin this series with a page of cinderellas issued to promote the small city of Waterloo, Iowa,  Waterloo is in the northeast sector of the state and is the county seat of Blackhawk County.  My job took me to Waterloo in 1965-1966 and I lived there for about six months.  The Cedar River runs through the center of town and it probably provided the beaches noted on the top stamp.  I have never seen a reference to the origin of this colorful and attractive set and I don't know if it is even complete. However, their focus on Waterloo as a center for business, conventions, and entertainment, along with the urging to "buy in Waterloo" suggest a chamber of commerce sponsorship.  The scan of the whole page leaves the poster stamps small so I have cropped the stamps to provide a larger image. 

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If one were to drive straight west from Waterloo on U.S. Highway 20 for 215 miles he would be in Sioux City, Iowa, on the Missouri River.  Not a large city, Sioux City has only a population of about 83,000 souls today, it has, however, long been an important market center for agricultural products, a river port, and a railroad junction.  Like Waterloo, Sioux City has also produced a set of poster stamps highlighting its attributes. 

Again, I am not certain that this is a complete set, or even if two of the labels (the post office stamp, top left and the markets stamps bottom left) are part of this issue.  The darker colors of these two stamps are not quite to same as the pastels the other five.  I continue to seek information about when these items were issued, who commissioned them, and to watch for others that might be part of the set.

I have tentatively dated this set 1938 as that was the year Iowa celebrated its centennial as an organized territory of the United States.  Other Iowa towns recognized the territorial centennial of 1938 with cinderellas and I will post those that I have later.  

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Nice Cindy's especially the Sioux City.  If they are not all from the same set they certainly have similarities between them.
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Thanks, Guyana!

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Below is my set of 24 Iowa The Blue Ribbon State poster stamps.  I did not know this set's origin for a long time after acquiring it.  Initially, the use of Blue Ribbon in the title made me think the the Iowa State Fair Commission might have been produced it, but I could not find any evidence of that.  I suspected it was a Iowa territorial centennial issue and I was correct there, but, again, no evidence that the Territorial Centennial Commission was behind it.  Finally, I was looking for another cinderella set in the February 1938 issue of The Poster Stamp Bulletin and by chance found a brief description of the set with one stamp illustrated.  The set was printed and sold in 1938 by the Poster Stamp Publishing Company of Chicago, Illinois, and it did commemorate Iowa's territorial centennial. 

A second puzzle of this set was its one stamp with the design vertically oriented, see the last page below, middle stamp.  My thought was that my set was not complete with 23 horizontally oriented stamps and that perhaps, there was another set with vertically oriented designs of which I had only one example.  It finally dawned on me, however, that the vertically oriented stamp was part of the set of 24.  While its design orientation is different, its size is the same and it was just printed horizontally in the sheet of 24.  The artist apparently thought he/she need a vertical orientation to give the needed perspective for the highway depicted.

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@StampHinger can you please tell this ignorant Englishman why Iowa is called the "Blue Ribbon State", thank you
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Really enjoying seeing these. Please keep up the good work

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Hi Guyana:

Why was Iowa titled "The Blue Ribbon" state?  The bottom line is it was, most likely, a case of self promotion to enhance sales of the set.  A potential buyer needs to identify with the state to buy the set and it makes that individual fell better to identify with the best.

Why Blue Ribbon?  In the United States, ribbons were/are given as prizes in competitions at fairs for best entries in categories such as foods, clothing, livestock, etc, and to winners of races, and other types of contests.  Ribbons are  color ranked.  Blue is always first prize or the best, red, second, and white, third. If someone wants to sell a set of poster stamps, it is better to have them represent a blue ribbon entity than a white ribbon one. This ranking carries over into other areas, i.e. we refer to "blue chip" stocks and in the game of poker the most valuable chips are blue, red, second and white, the lowest value. 

Thanks for your query.  I hope my answer suffices.

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Quote Really enjoying seeing these. Please keep up the good work


Thanks BSW for your comment.  More to come soon.

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Here are three more Waterloo, Iowa-related images.  Not philatelic in origin, but advance labels from an organization of long standing from which there are some philatelic items, specifically event covers.  Only the first of these three labels is dated (1931), the one on the left.  It appears, however, that the other two follow consecutively based upon the opening dates of the event.

The annual Dairy Cattle Congress began in 1910 and has been held yearly, with a couple of exceptions, ever since.  This year would have been its 110th year, but 2020 is one of the exceptions.  The event for this year has been postponed until 2021 because of Covid-19.

Like so many labels of this type, there is very little documentation about them.  I purchased these on eBay over the last five years and continue to watch for others.  I am unsure, however, that others were even issued.  The covers are are more readily available, but still, the earliest cover I have dates from 1933.

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