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State and County Fairs

State and County Fairs

Forever 55¢ | Multiple Stamp Designs

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Issue Date: 7/25/2019

Celebrate the fun of America's state and county fairs with four se-tenant stamps from the U.S. Postal Service®. Annual events that families and communities anticipate with enthusiasm, state and county fairs provide social and educational value with opportunities to learn, teach, socialize—and to have lots of fun.

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  • Celebrate the fun of America's state and county fairs with four se-tenant stamps from the U.S. Postal Service®. Annual events that families and communities anticipate with enthusiasm, state and county fairs provide social and educational value with opportunities to learn, teach, socialize—and to have lots of fun.

    The four colorful stamps were designed to work together as a panorama of familiar, traditional fair activities, while each stamp also works as an individual picture. The style of the stamp art is whimsical, meant to evoke a nostalgic feeling for America’s fairs past and present.

    Long before there were extension services or schools of agriculture, America’s fairs were organized to educate farm families in the agricultural, mechanical, and domestic arts. Fairs gave farmers the opportunity to learn new techniques for improving their farms, including the introduction of better implements and equipment to enhance agricultural production.

    Even at the earliest fairs, the educational mission was enlivened by competitions for “best” or “biggest” in various categories. Today, these educational competitions are among the most popular events at the fair. Competitors eagerly vie to produce the best in baked goods or the most perfect—and largest—example of a particular fruit, vegetable, or flower. Competitive livestock exhibitions display the hard work and discipline that go into raising farm animals. A lucky few proudly display the ribbons their efforts have won.

    Today's fairgoers appreciate the importance of finding sources of locally produced food. Fairs provide opportunities for consumers to connect with farmers, identify local suppliers of organic food, or learn about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) groups, where consumers can buy shares in a local farmer’s seasonal produce and products.

    The art director was Greg Breeding. Mike Ryan designed the stamps using original art by Mick Wiggins.

    The State and County Fairs stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

    Made in the USA.

    SKUs featured on this page: 479304

  • Issue:State and County Fairs Stamps
    Item Number:479300
    Denomination & Type of Issue:First-Class Mail Forever
    Format:Pane of 20 (4 designs)
    Series:N/A
    Issue Date & City:July 25, 2019, Minot, ND 58701
    Art Director:Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
    Designer:Mike Ryan, Charlottesville, VA
    Typographer:Mike Ryan, Charlottesville, VA
    Artist:Mick Wiggins, Little Rock, AR
    Modeler:Joseph Sheeran
    Manufacturing Process:Offset
    Printer:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
    Press Type:Muller A76
    Stamps per Pane:20
    Print Quantity:40,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Processed at:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
    Stamp Orientation:Vertical
    Image Area (w x h):0.73 x 1.05 in./18.542 x 26.67 mm
    Stamp Size (w x h):0.91 x 1.19 in./23.114 x 30.226 mm
    Full Pane Size (w x h):4.875 x 8.5 in./123.825 x 215.9 mm
    Press Sheet Size (w x h):14.875 x 25.75 in./ 377.825 x 654.05 mm
    Colors:Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
    Plate Size:300 stamps per revolution
    Plate Number:“P” followed by four (4) single digits
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:Header: State and County Fairs • Plate number bottom two corners
    Back:©2018 USPS • USPS logo • two barcodes (479300) • Promotional text • Plate position diagram

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