Barns Postcard Stamps

Barns Postcard Stamps

Postcard 40¢ | Multiple Stamp Designs and Formats

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Issue Date: 1/24/2021

The U.S. Postal Service issues four new postcard stamps that celebrate the beauty and history of American barns. Each piece reflects one of the four seasons: a round barn surrounded by the hazy light and warm colors of fall; a gambrel-roofed barn in summer; a forebay barn in an early spring countryside; and a Western barn on a winter’s night.

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  • The U.S. Postal Service issues four new postcard stamps that celebrate the beauty and history of American barns.

    The artist created digital paintings of four types of iconic barns found in the rural American landscape. With differing qualities of light and color, each piece also reflects one of the four seasons: a round barn surrounded by the hazy light and warm colors of fall; a gambrel-roofed barn in summer; a forebay barn in an early spring countryside; and a Western barn on a winter’s night.

    There is something about barns that appeals to almost everyone, evoking nostalgia for a lost way of life—an imagined simpler time—in even the most devoted city dweller. Barns have deep roots in American culture, reflecting the heritage of generations who worked the land.

    The construction of many older barns required individuals with the skills to lay the foundation, to cut the timbers, to raise the frame, and to sheath and roof the structures. Built to last, these historic farm buildings still dot our rural landscape.

    Today, there are ongoing efforts to preserve barns in America, from national and state organizations to local groups working to save specific buildings. Many barns are being maintained or adapted to continue their original purpose of housing animals and equipment and for storage. Others are finding new life as houses, offices, entertainment spaces, or even as wedding venues.

    Whatever their modern function might be, historic barns represent America’s heritage. From the timber frames to the stone foundations, the materials and craftsmanship that went into constructing these barns tell the story of the importance of agriculture in building our country.

    Ashley Walton designed the stamps with original artwork by Kim Johnson. Greg Breeding was the art director.

    The word “POSTCARD” on the stamps indicates their usage value. Like a Forever® stamp, these stamps will always be valid for the rate printed on them.

    Made in the USA.

    SKUs featured on this page: 120904,740204

  • Issue:Barns Stamps
    Item Number:120900
    Denomination &Postcard Rate Non-denominated, Mail-use
    Type of Issue:
    Format:Pane of 20 (4 designs)
    Series:N/A
    Issue Date & City:January 24, 2021, Barnesville, GA
    Art Director:Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
    Designer:Ashley Walton, Charlottesville, VA
    Artist:Kim Johnson, Stamford, CT
    Modeler:Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
    Manufacturing Process:Offset
    Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
    Press Type:Gallus RCS
    Stamps per Pane:20
    Print Quantity:100,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Colors:Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
    Stamp Orientation:Horizontal
    Image Area (w x h):0.84 x 0.73 in./21.336 x 18.542 mm
    Stamp Size (w x h):0.98 x 0.87 in./24.892 x 22.098 mm
    Pane Size (w x h):4.93 x 5.35 in./125.22 x 135.89 mm
    Plate Size:160 stamps per revolution
    Plate Number:“B” followed by four (4) single digits
    Front:Plate number in four (4) corners
    Back:©2020 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram (8) • Barcode (120900) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text
    COILS
    Item Number:740200
    Format:Coil of 100 (4 designs)
    Press Type:Alprinta 74
    Stamps per Coil:100
    Print Quantity:400,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Colors:Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
    Stamp Orientation:Horizontal
    Image Area (w x h):0.84 x 0.73 in./21.336 x 18.542 mm
    Stamp Size (w x h):0.98 x 0.87 in./24.892 x 22.098 mm
    Plate Size:768 stamps per revolution
    Plate Number:"B" followed by four (4) single digits
    Coil Number Frequency:Plate number every 32nd stamp below stamp image

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