Strawberries

Strawberries

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Issue Date: 5/5/2017

The U.S. Postal Service® introduces Strawberries, a new 3-cent stamp for 2017.

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  • The U.S. Postal Service® introduces Strawberries, a new 3-cent stamp for 2017. The stamp will be sold in coils of 3,000 or 10,000.

    The stamp features a pen, ink, and watercolor illustration of three ripe, red strawberries surrounded by leaves and hulls and three smaller, green strawberries in various stages of growth. A small white flower from the strawberry plant completes the picture.

    Species of strawberry are native to temperate regions around the world, but the garden strawberry we know today—Fragaria x ananassa—is likely a hybrid of two species native to the Americas, Fragaria virginiana and Fragaria chiloensis.

    Native to North America, Fragaria virginiana, introduced into Europe in the 1600s, produces prolific numbers of aromatic but small berries. A century later, Fragaria chiloensis was brought to Europe from the New World; this species of strawberry, native to the west coasts of the Americas, produces large berries about the size of a walnut. The plants grew side-by-side in French gardens until the two species had cross-pollinated—by accident rather than design. Some of the resulting plants produced abundant numbers of large berries and were likely the ancestors of our modern garden strawberry, Fragaria x ananassa.

    By the mid-1800s, strawberries were a successful and established agricultural crop in the United States. They now grow in every state in the U.S., led by California, which produced 2.79 billion pounds of strawberries in 2015.

    Botanically, what we think of as the "fruit" of the strawberry is not actually the fruit. The luscious red edible part of the plant is the enlarged receptacle of the flower. The tiny "seeds" that dot the surface of the strawberry—approximately 200 on each berry—are the fruit. Called an achene, this small, dry fruit carries the plant’s seed inside.

    Art director Derry Noyes designed this stamp with an existing illustration by John Burgoyne.

    Made in the USA.

    SKUs featured on this page: 760304, 750104

  • Issue:Strawberries Stamp
    Item Number:760300
    Denomination & Type of Issue:3-cent Denominated, Mail Use
    Format:Coil of 10,000 (1 design)
    Series:N/A
    Issue Date & City:May 5, 2017, Acton, MA 01720
    Art Director:Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
    Designer:Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
    Typographer:Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
    Existing Photos:John Burgoyne, West Barnstable, MA
    Modeler:Joseph Sheeran
    Manufacturing Process:Offset, Microprint
    Printer:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
    Printed at:Williamsville, NY
    Press Type:Muller A76
    Stamps per Coil:10000
    Print Quantity:200,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Nonphosphored Type III
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Processed at:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
    Colors:Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
    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:594 stamps per revolution
    Plate Numbers:“P” followed by four (4) single digits
    Coil Number Frequency:Plate numbers every 27th stamp below stamp image

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