When Mrs McClure of Kansas City, past president of a group called American War Mothers, suggested to President Franklin D Roosevelt there should be a stamp issued to honour the mothers of America he enthusiastically took up her idea, sketched a design and sent it to the Postmaster General, James A Farley. With some modifications it was engraved and issued in 1934. The stamp collecting president often brainstormed ideas for stamps with Farley in the 1930s, what a marvellous perk of being president. Here instead of my rather time worn stamp is a pristine version from Wikipedia:
The mother in question is that of James Abbot McNeil Whistler who painted her in 1871 as "Portrait of my Mother", the painting now always known as Whistler's Mother. Famously she is painted sitting down because she could not stand for the length of time it would take to paint. The details of the original painting have been stripped out of the stamp
I always wonder if she had a bad back because of the book placed under her feet, or was it just to make her more comfortable. Unlike the stamp there were no flowers in the painting but as that favoured gift of Mothers Day makes an appearance on the stamp so here are some more flowers
being held by Valentina Tereshkova, mother and first woman in space visiting East Berlin after her space fllight in 1963. She would marry fellow cosmonaut Andrian Nikolaev the same year and would never return to space but said she would have liked to have gone to Mars, even if it had to be a one way trip.