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November 6, 2019

November 11, 1989 - 1889

State Seal: Only days before the first State Legislature met in November of 1889, Olympia Jeweler Charles Talcott was asked to design an official seal for the new State of Washington. Something simple, he suggested, for it would remain timeless. He picked up an ink bottle and drew a circle around its base. Next, he placed a silver dollar in the circle and drew an inner circle. Between these circles, he lettered the words “The Seal of the State of Washington, 1889.” In the center, he pasted a postage stamp bearing a picture of George Washington. The design was quickly accepted by the new State Legislature. The original die and press for the State Seal—now m...

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