Western Wear Stamps

Western Wear Stamps

Forever 58¢ | Multiple Stamp Designs

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Issue Date: 7/23/2021

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the enduring legacy of Western wear with four fun new Forever® stamps. Inspired by the clothing and gear used by working ranchers and reimagined in fun and fanciful ways, the garments and accessories of the West comprise a unique American fashion style.

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  • The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the enduring legacy of Western wear with four fun new Forever® stamps. Inspired by the clothing and gear used by working ranchers and reimagined in fun and fanciful ways, the garments and accessories of the West comprise a unique American fashion style.

    This booklet of 20 stamps features four designs illustrating iconic Western wear staples—a cowboy hat, a cowboy boot with a spur, a Western shirt, and a belt buckle featuring a longhorn head. A stippling technique, creating images using small dots of color, was used to give the illustrations a worn and gritty feel. Each image is framed by elements common to the American West and iconography of the region, including cacti, snakes, roses, and stars.

    The history of Western wear in the United States begins with the original cowboys. In the 16th century, the Spanish arrived in Mexico, bringing horses and cattle and eventually establishing ranches, which spread into what is now Texas, Arizona, and California by the early 1700s. The vaqueros who herded the cattle wore utilitarian garments that protected them from dangerous weather conditions and environmental hazards. From cowboy boots to broad-brimmed hats to shirts with double-fabric yokes, such articles became associated with the wardrobe of the American cowboy and cowgirl.

    For more than a century, the mystique of the cowboy—popularized by Wild West shows and rodeos, dime novels, Western films, and country and western music singers—has influenced American fashion, evolving with the fads and styles of the time.

    Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps with original art by Ryan Feerer.

    The Western Wear 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: 683304

  • Issue:Western Wear Stamps
    Item Number:683300
    Denomination &First-Class Mail Forever
    Type of Issue:
    Format:Double-sided Booklet of 20 (4 designs)
    Series:N/A
    Issue Date & City:July 23, 2021, Abilene, TX 79601
    Art Director:Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
    Designer:Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
    Artist:Ryan Feerer, Abilene, TX
    Modeler:Joseph Sheeran
    Manufacturing Process:Offset
    Printer:Offset
    Press Type:Muller A76
    Stamps per Booklet:20
    Print Quantity:175,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Stamp Orientation:Vertical
    Image Area (w x h):0.77 x 1.05 in./19.558 x 26.67 mm
    Stamp Size (w x h):0.91 x 1.19 in./23.114 x 30.226 mm
    Full Booklet Size (w x h):5.76 x 2.38 in./146.304 x 60.452 mm
    Colors:Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
    Plate Size:880 stamps per revolution
    Plate Number:“P” followed by four (4) single digits
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:Header: “Western Wear” Twenty First-Class Forever Stamps • USPS logo • Plate number in peel strip area • ©2020 USPS in peel strip area • Barcode
    Back:Promotional text in peel strip area

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