The United States Postal Service is going back to the garden for its next set of forever stamps.
The Fruits and Vegetables set of 10 non-denominated stamps will be issued July 17 in a double-sided pane of 20, which the Postal Service identifies as a booklet.
Charleston, W.Va., has been selected as the official first-day city for this issue, but no public first-day ceremony has been announced. The Postal Service has canceled plans for several stamp ceremonies this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Fruits and Vegetable stamps were designed by U.S. Post art director Derry Noyes using 10 oil-on-canvas paintings by artist Robert Papp of Bucks County, Pa.
The Postal Service has often turned to items from the garden as individual stamp subjects, and it has depicted produce and garden flowers on many of its definitive stamps issued in recent years.
Since 2016 the Postal Service has issued small-denomination definitive stamps with a different fruit as the central subject of each issue: 1¢ Albemarle Pippin apple coil stamps, 2¢ Meyer Lemons coil, 3¢ Strawberries coil, 5¢ Pinot Noir Grapes stamps in coils and sheets and 10¢ Red Pears stamps in coils and sheets.
In 2015 the Postal Service issued a set of four Summer Harvest forever stamps that also feature fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, which appear in the new set as well.
Chili peppers, beans, sunflowers and seeds, squashes, and corn are depicted on the Crops of the Americas set issued in 2006 in coils, folded pane booklets, and double-sided panes.
The Postal Service has also revealed the artwork for two pictorial first-day cancels for the new Fruits and Vegetable definitives.
The black postmark shows simple line drawings of a fig, a lemon, a strawberry, and a carrot.
Eight different produce items are shown on the color postmark, including a couple (a pepper and a pair of radishes) that are not depicted on the new stamps.
The Postal Service captures the classic beauty of still-life paintings in a booklet of 20 stamps featuring 10 different portraits of fruits and vegetables.
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