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Old 12-24-2007, 10:55 AM
 
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Not a widely known fact, but New Mexico is the original "sunshine state."

Florida only adopted [stole? ] the nickname in 1970.

"Sunshine State" appeared on NM state license plates before 1941.

Since then NM has "wised up." The current nickname, Land of Enchantment, has been copyrighted.
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Old 12-24-2007, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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NM certainly has more sunny days (and fewer hurricanes).
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Old 12-24-2007, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
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I think Florida should return the motto to NM PRONTO.

Just back away from it, FL ... and come up with your own slogan.
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Old 12-24-2007, 06:55 PM
 
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Well Florida just couldn't come up with their own apparently. Land of Enchantment is a much better motto anyway.
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Old 12-24-2007, 07:44 PM
 
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Florida acquired the nickname "Sunshine State" after an advertising campaign by the orange juice growers where they urged you to start your day with a glass of sunshine. Think it was back in the mid-late 70's, when Anita Bryant was their spokesperson.
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:36 PM
 
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Anita Bryant, wow what a flashback, kudos yukon!, I do remember that now.
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Old 12-25-2007, 01:09 AM
 
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Yeah, I remember it now too. I'd forgotten about it. I prefer "Land of Enchantment" anyway for NM. I can get all the sunshine I want here in Ft Worth, but I can't say I'm very enchanted.
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Old 12-25-2007, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
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I agree.

Land of Enchantment is perfect .... unique like New Mexico.
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Old 12-25-2007, 04:43 PM
 
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Whenever we have out-of-state visitors, they almost invariably say they feel like they're visiting a foreign country.

It could be the way we treat them, but I have a hunch it's really the mesas, landscapes, art scene, etc.


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I agree.

Land of Enchantment is perfect .... unique like New Mexico.
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:37 AM
 
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Default N.M. Use To Be The Sunshine State

I have an Old License Plate from 1932 and N.M. use to be the Sunshine State back then i wonder when it changed to the Land of Enchantment? pintada kid at webtv.net
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