|Date of Issue||April 5, 2013|
First-Class Mail Forever
|Perforation or Dimension||1.19 x 0.91 in./30.23 x 23.11 mm|
|Series||Vintage Seed Packets|
|Series Time Span||2013|
|Issue Location||Oaks, PA 19456 (The Philadelphia National Stamp Exhibition)|
|Postal Administration||United States|
On April 5, 2013, in Oaks, Pennsylvania at The Philadelphia National Stamp Exhibition, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, at 11:00 a.m., the Postal Service™ will issue Vintage Seed Packets First-Class Mail® stamps (Forever® priced at 46 cents) in ten designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide April 5, 2013.
Flowers are among the most popular subjects on stamps, and the U.S. Postal Service continues its tradition of beautiful issuances with Vintage Seed Packets.
From hand-tinted lithographs in the early 1800s to modern photography, images of floral perfection have adorned flower seed packets for more than a hundred years. The stamp art features ten photographs of antique seed packets (printed between 1910 to 1920), cropped to highlight their beautiful floral detail.
Each of the stamps depicts the colorful blossoms of one kind of flower—cosmos, digitalis, pinks, primrose, calendula, aster, linum, alyssum, phlox, and zinnia. Above each illustration in bold capital letters is the name of the flower depicted.
Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the booklet.
The Vintage Seed Packets stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps.