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Earthscapes - Satellite Images

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue October 1, 2012
Year 2012
Quantity 2,666,666
Denomination
First-Class Mail® Forever Commemorative
Denomination Value $0.45
Perforation or Dimension 1.224 x 1.224 in./31.09 x 31.09 mm
Series Earthscapes - Satellite Images
Series Time Span 2012
Issue Location Greenbelt, MD 20770
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Pane of 15 (15 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 2,666,666
Original Purchase Price: $6.75
SKU: 470100
Dimension: 7.25 x 5.51 in./184.15 x 139.95 mm
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America, Inc./SSP
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Printing Process: Offset/Microprint “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Phosphor Tagged
Layout Number: “S” followed by five (5) single digits

Uncut Press Sheet (without Die Cut)

Quantity Produced - 2,500
Original Purchase Price: $60.75
SKU: 470184

First-day Cover (full Pane)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $9.25
SKU: 470162

First-day Cancelled (full Pane)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $9.25
SKU: 470164

First-day Cover Set of 15

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $13.35
SKU: 470163

Digital Color Postmark Set of 15

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $24.00
SKU: 470168

Ceremony Program (random Single)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 470191

Jigsaw Puzzle

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $17.95
SKU: 470177

Stamp Deck Card

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.95
SKU: 470192

Stamp Deck Card W/dcp (random Single)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.95
SKU: 470194

Commemorative Stamp Panel

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $16.95
SKU: 470197

Cancellation Keepsake (random Dcp W/pane)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $8.95
SKU: 470199

About Stamp

A Massachusetts cranberry bog holds a bounty of ripe red fruit. During the fall harvest, growers flood bogs, then mechanically churn the water to dislodge cranberries from their low-lying vines. They round up the floating fruit with booms, and convey it to receiving stations for cleaning. Photo by Steve Dunwell of Boston, MA near Carber.

About Stamp Series

On October 1, 2012, in Greenbelt, MD, the Postal Service™ will issue Earthscapes commemorative stamps (Forever® stamp, priced at 45 cents) in 15 designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 15 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide October 1, 2012.

This Earthscapes issuance offers stamp customers an opportunity to see the world in a new way. This stamp pane presents examples of three categories of earthscapes: natural, agricultural, and urban. The photographs were all created high above the planet’s surface, either snapped by “eyes in the sky” — satellites orbiting the Earth — or carefully composed by photographers in aircraft.

In the top row, we fly over America’s stunning wilderness. While a volcanic eruption scars the forests of Washington State, fog drifts over the timeless sandstone towers of Utah’s Monument Valley. In Alaska, a wide stripe that looks like a highway is actually a glacier, an immense conveyer belt of ice. At its base, jagged white shards resembling broken glass are really icebergs, bobbing in a lake.

The stamps in the center row may look like abstract art, but they show five products being gathered, grown, or harvested: salt, timber, grain, cherries, and cranberries. Center-pivot irrigation systems create the beguiling play of geometric shapes in the middle stamp — although bystanders on the ground might see only sprinklers in fields of wheat, alfalfa, corn, and soybeans.

In the bottom row, urban life takes center stage. Highways corkscrew around themselves and neat subdivisions sport tiny blue pools. It’s our familiar world, shrunken into miniature — and seen with the new eyes that a fresh perspective can bring.

From the power and glory of nature to the interaction of people with the land — in both agricultural and urban settings — each stamp, within its limited amount of space, represents only a fragment of a geographical area, which may or may not be typical of a particular region.

Art director Howard E. Paine designed this educational and visually rich pane of stamps.

The Earthscapes stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Colors

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 2728 (Blue)

Creators

Designer: Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA.
Art Director: Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA.
Typographer: Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA.
Modeler: Donald Woo.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22345. Copyright: USPS.

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