Sunday, August 06, 2006

More than 2 cents worth

A while back we blogged about a USPS stamp series that saluted Rio Grande Hispanic weavings. For some reason, we missed this stamp which was issued by the United States Postal Service (USPS) in 2004. About one hundred million copies of the stamp were printed originally. In January, 2005, the USPS cranked out an additional 2 billion copies – anticipating the need for 2-cent stamps when the 1st Class rate went from 37 cents to 39 cents.

The subject “squash blossom” necklace was photographed from a private collection by Peter T. Furst, anthropologist, author and photographer. The image then was painted by artist, Lou Nolan. That image was reproduced to create the stamp image.

The stamp, part of the Definite American Design series can still be purchased at Post Offices and throught he USPS web store.

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