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State china from the Lyndon B. Johnson administration, 1968State china from the Lyndon B. Johnson administration, 1968

For her White House china pattern, designed by Tiffany and Company, Lady Bird Johnson chose American flowers, reflecting her interests in the environment. This dessert plate features an American Beauty rose, the official flower of the District of Columbia. Through her "Beautify America" campaign, the first lady urged citizens to clean up and improve their neighborhoods and planted flowers along the nation's highways and in public areas in the capital city. When Mrs. Johnson commissioned this china, she also had a special set produced for the Smithsonian's White House china collection.

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