|Date of Issue||January 14, 2013|
First-Class Mail Rate
|Perforation or Dimension||0.87 x .98 in./22.09 x 24.89 mm|
|Series Time Span||2013|
|Issue Location||Kansas City, MO 64108 (No Ceremony)|
|Postal Administration||United States|
On January 14, 2013, in Kansas City, Missouri, the Postal Service™ will issue a 46-cent Kaleidoscope Flowers First-Class Mail® stamp in four designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 3,000 and a PSA coil of 10,000. The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 14, 2013.
Spring flowers, state flowers, wildflowers—these are but a few of the many botanical subjects on stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service. Flowers are among the most popular subjects for collectors and the stamp-buying public. In a modern twist on a perennial favorite, the Kaleidoscope Flowers stamps combine the allure of flowers with the impact of modern computer graphics.
The set of four stamps depicts the same contemporary flower drawing, with each stamp featuring one of four different color combinations: red and blue, green and purple, orange and violet, or pink and green. Some of the color combinations create the illusion that patterns recede or come forward, giving the stamps a dramatic visual appeal. The lines and curves of the drawing are reminiscent of a kaleidoscope flower—familiar, yet at the same time utterly distinctive.
Designed by art director Antonio Alcalá, Kaleidoscope Flowers features the work of graphic artists Petra and Nicole Kapitza.