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|
|Denomination &||First-Class Mail Forever|
|Type of Issue:|
|Format:||Double-sided Booklet of 20 (10 designs)|
|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|
|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|
|Processed at:||Banknote Corporation of America|
|Colors:||Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black|
|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|
The Postal Store® ships all in-stock orders with USPS Tracking™. Please allow 5 - 7 business days for in-stock items to be shipped.
If your order contains pre- or back-ordered items, those items will ship separately when all pre- or back-ordered items in your order become available.
To view your order status and tracking information, sign in to your USPS.com account, go to "Activity History", and select your Order#.
The Postal Store® cannot accept orders for shipment outside the United States, but we do ship to APO/FPO/DPO addresses and U.S. territories. Learn More
Stamp and Philatelic Orders
All stamp and philatelic orders are charged a $1.30 Handling Fee on domestic orders of up to $50.00, and $1.80 if the order is greater than $50.00. These handling fees apply only to the portion of the order total that includes stamp or philatelic products.
A retail item is any product that does not include a stamp or a form of postage. If your order contains retail items, a shipping charge will be added to the order based on the weight of the retail items and the ship to ZIP code. All in-stock retail products will ship within 5 - 7 business days.
Personalized Stamped Stationery
All Personalized Stamped Stationery products are charged a flat Priority Mail rate depending on how many boxes are ordered as specified in the PSE Shipping Charges table, and should be shipped within 5 - 7 business days.
Free Shipping Supplies
Free shipping supplies from The Postal Store Shipping Supply site are mailed Parcel Select® Ground and are shipped within 2 - 8 business days. For your convenience all orders will contain a carrier release endorsement "Leave if No Response". This will allow your postal carrier to leave your expedited packaging supply order if you are not available to receive the delivery.
Expedited Shipping Supplies
Orders of our Flat Rate Expedited Shipping Supplies are fulfilled by your local Post Office. If your local Post Office is unable to fulfill your order of Flat Rate Expedited Shipping Supplies within 1 - 2 business days, your order will be fulfilled by our distribution center within 2 - 8 business days.
The file or page you requested could not be found. The link you followed may be expired or broken. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.