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Big Bend

Big Bend

Priority Mail Stamp

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Issue Date: 1/18/2020

With this Priority Mail® stamp, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the remote and stunningly varied Big Bend region. River, mountain, and desert ecosystems coexist in its vast expanses.

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  • With this Priority Mail® stamp, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the remote and stunningly varied Big Bend region. River, mountain, and desert ecosystems coexist in its vast expanses.

    The stamp art depicts one of the Big Bend’s iconic scenes: the Rio Grande flowing between the sheer limestone cliffs of Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. Seen from the canyon’s shadowy depths, a slice of vivid blue sky and towering clouds hint at the Big Bend’s immensity.

    The Big Bend is named for the Rio Grande’s sudden left turn that makes the right-angled “V” in the contour of West Texas at the U.S.–Mexico border. The region is cradled within this “big bend” where a visitor finds rare solitude, endless beauty, and some of the nation’s best stargazing.

    Summer temperatures often reach 115°F but—defying stereotypical notions of the term “desert”— the forbidding land suddenly bursts with colorful blossoms after a rain. Wildlife of surprising variety includes more than 400 bird species, 1,200 plant species, and mammals including the black bear (Ursus americanus), the mountain lion (Puma concolor), and the bristly, pig-like javelina (Pecari tajacu).

    Designed by art director Greg Breeding, the stamp features a digital illustration created by Dan Cosgrove.

    Made in the USA

    SKUs featured on this page: 120804

  • Issue:Big Bend Stamp
    Item Number:120800
    Denomination &
    Type of Issue:$7.75 Priority Mail Rate
    Format:Pane of 4 (1 design)
    Series:N/A
    Issue Date & City:January 18, 2019, Big Bend National Park, TX 79834
    Art Director:Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
    Designer:Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
    Typographer:Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
    Artist:Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, IL
    Modeler:Joseph Sheeran
    Manufacturing Process:Offset, Microprint
    Printer:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
    Press Type:Muller A76
    Stamps per Pane:4
    Print Quantity:6,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Processed at:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
    Colors:Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
    Stamp Orientation:Horizontal
    Image Area (w x h):1.42 x 1.085 in/36.068 x 27.559 mm
    Overall Size (w x h):1.56 x 1.225 in/39.624 x 31.115 mm
    Full Pane Size (w x h):4.12 x 3.45 in/104.648 x 87.63 mm
    Plate Size:120 stamps per revolution
    Plate Numbers:“P” followed by four (4) single digits
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:Plate number in two corners of pane
    Back:©2019 USPS • USPS logo • Four barcodes (120800) • Plate position diagram (5) • Promotional text

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