Pears

Pears

Additional Postage 10¢

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Issue Date: 1/17/2016

In 2016, the U.S. Postal Service® issues Pears, a new ten-cent definitive stamp featuring an illustration of two brilliantly red pears

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  • 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

  • Issue:Pears
    Item Number:799300
    Denomination & Type of Issue:10-cent Denominated
    Format:Coil of 10,000 (1 design)
    Series:N/A
    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
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Processed at:Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC
    Colors:Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS Warm Gray4, PMS 7619 Red
    Stamp Orientation:Vertical
    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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