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This color postcard features a newspaper feature of three images and a write-up concerning the Cork Tree dedication on the State Capitol grounds in Jackson. The image in the upper left corner depicts the dedication plaque that reads "Cork Oak, Quercus Suber Presented to the State of Mississippi by Charles McManus president of Crown Cork and Seal Company, Inc. to Encourage and Promote the Culture of Cork Oak Trees in the State. Planted and Dedicated on Wednesday, March 15, 1944, by Thomas L. Bailey, Governor of Mississippi." The image in the bottom left corner shows a man standing at a microphone while people look on behind him. The larger image on the right shows a group of people gathered around a tree with one of the men in a suit holds a shovel. The write-up at the bottom of the card beneath the images reads "Tablet identifies the cork oak tree planted and dedicated by the Honorable Thomas L. Bailey, Governor of Mississippi, on the Sate Capitol grounds at Jackson, Miss. Governor Bailey planting the cork tree. Others l. to r. Monty Payne, Extension Forester, Miss. State College; Giles B. Cooke, Crown Cork & Seal Co.; Miss Elaine Massey, Vice President, 4-H Clubs; Albert A. Leggett, State Forester; Mrs. Harris Barksdale, President, the Garden Clubs of Mississippi and Mrs. Robert C. Pitard, 1st Vice President, Mississippi Federation of Women's Clubs." The back of the postcard identifies the item as a postcard and provides publisher information as well as indication for postage stamp placement. The description of Cork trees in the upper left corner reads "The Cork Tree. Cork is the bark of the Cork Oak. It is an essential peacetime commodity and a critical war material. It is a native of the Mediterranean area. Cork oaks can be grown in Mississippi. Seedlings are free to land owners through the McManus nationwide cork growing program. Many thousands are now being planted. Write your State Forester."

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Tichnor Brothers, Inc.

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Postcards; Cork trees; State Capitols; Jackson, MS

Geographic Location

Jackson, MS

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Mississippi State University Libraries, Manuscripts Division, Lucius Marion Lampton, MD Historical Images Collection, Mississippiana Collection, Postcard/Photographs, Box 2: Jackson Subcollection



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Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version)


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The Cork Tree Dedication at the State Capitol Grounds, Jackson, Mississippi