Saturday, July 11, 2015

stamps: summer harvest

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Every summer, some of America's favorite foods are in season. The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates a few of those favorites with four new stamps. Vintage produce advertising, including 19th-and early20th- century crate labels, seed packets and catalogs inspired these stamp designs. 

After America's railroads linked the East and West Coasts in the 1870's growers in agricultural areas could ship their products to locations across the country. To distinguish their wares from other producers, growers commissioned special crate labels from printing houses that employed some of the day's best graphic artists. The artists created designs that featured clever slogans and unusual styles, though the art did not necessarily relate to the produce inside.

Summer Harvest will be issued in a booklet format as Forever® stamps.

You can read more about the Summer Harvest stamps here.

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