Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and Vegetables

Forever 55¢ | Multiple Stamp Designs

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Issue Date: 7/17/2020

The U.S. Postal Service captures the classic beauty of still-life paintings in a booklet of 20 stamps featuring 10 stunning portraits of fruits and vegetables.

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  • The U.S. Postal Service captures the classic beauty of still-life paintings in a booklet of 20 stamps featuring 10 stunning portraits of fruits and vegetables.

    The artist was inspired by historical still-life traditions. He used the same classical method that artists have worked with for hundreds of years. After sketching his subject, he transferred the drawing to canvas mounted on hardboard. Working in oil, he underpainted in burnt umber and then added color, slowly building up to the desired opacity and intensity.

    The models for the paintings were real fruits and vegetables; because fresh produce has a relatively short shelf life, he also took photos of his still-life compositions to finish his work. Each stamp features a collection of one kind of fruit or vegetable: red and black plums, heirloom and cherry tomatoes, carrots, lemons, blueberries, red and green grapes, lettuces, strawberries, eggplants, and figs.

    Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps with existing art by Robert Papp.

    The Fruits & Vegetables stamp is being issued as First-Class Mail® Forever® stamp in booklets of 20. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

    Made in the USA.

    SKUs featured on this page: 682704

  • Issue:Fruits & Vegetables Stamps
    Item Number:682700
    Denomination &First-Class Mail Forever
    Type of Issue:
    Format:Double-sided Booklet of 20 (10 designs)
    Series:N/A
    Issue Date & City:July 17, 2020, Charleston, WV 25301
    Art Director:Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
    Designer:Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
    Exising Art:Robert Papp, Quakertown, PA
    Modeler:Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
    Manufacturing Process:Offset
    Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
    Press Type:Alprinta 74
    Stamps per Booklet:20
    Print Quantity:200,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Processed at:Banknote Corporation of America
    Colors:Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
    Stamp Orientation:Vertical
    Image Area (w x h):.77 x 1.05 in./ 19.558 x 26.670 mm
    Overall Size (w x h):.91 x 1.19 in./23.114 x 30.226 mm
    Full Booklet Size (w x h):5.743 x 2.375 in./145.872 x 60.325 mm
    Plate Size:800 stamps per revolution
    Plate Numbers:“B” followed by four (4) single digits in peel strip area
    Marginal Markings:Header: Fruits & Vegetables Twenty First-Class Forever Stamps • Plate number in peel strip area • ©2019 USPS in peel strip area • USPS logo • Barcode • Promotional text in peel strip area

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