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Cosmos Seed Packet

Vintage Seed Packets

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue April 5, 2013
Year 2013
Quantity 40,000,000
Denomination
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.46
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

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Layouts

Booklet of 20 (10 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 20,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.20
SKU: 688500
Dimension: 2.38 x 5.75 in./60.45 x 146.05 mm
Printer: Avery Dennison (AVR)
Printed at: AVR, Clinton, SC
Printing Process: Gravure
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Prephosphored, Type II
Layout Number: “V” followed by five (5) single digits

First-day Cover Set of 10

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $9.00
SKU: 688516

Digital Color Postmark Set of 10

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $16.10
SKU: 688521

Keepsake (booklet & Digital Color Postmark Random)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $10.95
SKU: 688510

Notecards

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $15.95
SKU: 688523

About Stamp Series

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.

Colors

Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, 9 (Warm Gray), 1685 (Red Brown)

Creators

Designer: Antonio Alcala\u00B4, Alexandria, VA.
Art Director: Antonio Alcala\u00B4, Alexandria, VA.
Typographer: Antonio Alcala\u00B4, Alexandria, VA.
Engraver: WRE.
Modeler: Avery Dennison, Designed and Engineered Solutions.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22359. Copyright: USPS.

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