02 April 2020
United States: Contemporary Boutonniere, 2 April 2020. Images from Stamp News Now and eBay.
Issue: Contemporary Boutonniere Stamp
Item Number: 572300
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Issue Date & City: April 2, 2020, Crestwood, KY 40014
Art Director: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Designer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Typographer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Photographer Renée Comet, Washington, DC
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 200,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.77 x 1.05 in./19.558 x 26.67 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.91 x 1.19 in./23.114 x 30.226 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 5.55 x 5.76 in./140.97 x 146.304 mm
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS Cool Gray 7 C
Plate Size: 320 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by five (5) single digits in four corners
Marginal Markings: Plate position diagram (8) • 2 Barcodes (572300) • ©2019 USPS • USPS logo • Promotional text
From the USPS announcement on 22 October 2019:
Contemporary Boutonniere is a new Forever stamp similar in design to the new 2-ounce Garden Corsage stamp. It can be used for wedding RSVP cards and is also perfect for party invitations, thank-you notes, announcements, birthday cards, Father’s Day cards and other occasions when a beautiful stamp is fitting. The stamp features a photograph of an arrangement of a burgundy mini-cymbidium orchid bloom, a succulent and a touch of green hydrangea, accented with loops of variegated lily grass. These materials are on trend for today’s modern designs, as arranged by floral designer Carol Caggiano and photographed by Renée Comet. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.
This stamp was scheduled to be issued on Thursday, 2 April 2020 at the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, Kentucky. On 23 March, it was announced that the first day of issue dedication ceremony had been cancelled due to the Coronavirus COVID-19.
From the Postal Bulletin dated 27 February 2020:
On April 2, 2020, in Crestwood, KY, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Contemporary Boutonniere stamp (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 572300). The stamp will go on sale nationwide April 2, 2020, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.
Contemporary Boutonniere is similar in design to the 2-ounce Garden Corsage stamp, and can be used for:
Wedding RSVP cards and party invitations;
Thank-you notes and announcements;
Father‘s Day cards, or any occasion when a beautiful stamp is needed.
The stamp art features a photograph of a burgundy mini-cymbidium orchid bloom, a succulent, and a touch of green hydrangea, accented with loops of variegated lily grass. Each of these materials are right on trend for today’s modern designs. The boutonniere was arranged by floral designer Carol Caggiano, and photographed by Renée Comet. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.
No automatic distribution to post offices.
How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark:
Customers have 120 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™ or at The Postal Store® website at usps.com/shop. They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:
FDOI – Contemporary Boutonniere Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service™ will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by August 2, 2020.