In 2016, the U.S. Postal Service® issues Pears, a new ten-cent definitive stamp featuring an illustration of two brilliantly red pears.
Pears (genus Pyrus) are one of the world’s oldest cultivated fruits. They grow on medium-sized, long-lived, flowering trees that generally produce fruit in their fourth to sixth year of growth. Thousands of varieties-in hues of green, yellow, red, and brown-are grown throughout the world.
Pear trees, like apple trees, can surprise their growers with “sport” branches (also referred to as spontaneous mutations) that bear fruit differing in appearance from the anticipated produce. Thus, a tree producing green pears may spontaneously sport a branch of red pears. Other red pears are the result of hybridizing, or crossbreeding two different varieties.
Harvested when mature-the fruit snaps off the branch when lifted-pears ripen at room temperature. Testing for ripeness is simple: Press gently at the base of the stem; if you feel a slight give, your pear is ripe.
Pears are among the most popular fruits in the world, and for good reason. These low-calorie treats provide a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. Great snacks eaten fresh out of hand, and perhaps over a sink so the juice drips there, pears can be poached, baked, sliced into salads, and star on a cheese plate.
Art director Derry Noyes designed this stamp with an existing illustration by John Burgoyne.
Made in the USA
SKUs featured on this page: 799304, 750304
|Denomination & Type of Issue:||10-cent Denominated|
|Format:||Coil of 10,000 (1 design)|
|Issue Date & City:||January 17, 2016, Washington, DC 20066|
|Art Director:||Derry Noyes, Washington, DC|
|Designer:||Derry Noyes, Washington, DC|
|Typographer:||Derry Noyes, Washington, DC|
|Existing Art:||John Burgoyne, West Barnstable, MA|
|Modeler:||Michelle Finn/Sandra Lane|
|Manufacturing Process:||Offset, Microprint|
|Printer:||Banknote Corporation of America|
|Printed at:||Browns Summit, NC|
|Press Type:||Alprinta 74|
|Stamps per Coil:||10000|
|Print Quantity:||200,000,000 stamps|
|Paper Type:||Nonphosphored Type III|
|Processed at:||Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC|
|Colors:||Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS Warm Gray4, PMS 7619 Red|
|Image Area (w x h):||0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm|
|Stamp Size (w x h):||0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm|
|Plate Size:||540 stamps per revolution|
|Plate Numbers:||“S” followed by six (6) single digits|
|Coil Number Frequency:||Plate numbers every 27th stamp below stamp image|
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