I got the idea to build some small topical collections on individual US states from the APS site and their free topical album pages.
I thought it was a neat idea so I started with New Mexico. Why New Mexico? Because I've vacationed there in the last few years, had a great time, fell in love with the place and have lots of nice photos to replace the less than nice photos on the APS pages.
I've collected every stamp that goes with the New Mexico collection as singles. I have a few se-tenants to lay my hands on.
I've also come a long ways with Texas and between the two I got inspired to do a state from scratch without the help of APS pages pre-made for me.
I chose my home state of Louisiana and here's are the first Louisiana covers I've acquired.
Marking the 150th Anniversary of statehood in 1962 as a FDC and the Louisiana state flag which was part of a sheet of 50 issued for the American Bicentennial in 1976. Oddly the cover depicts the Louisiana State Capitol building in Baton Rouge but is postmarked in New Orleans.