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02 April 2020

Garden Corsage

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Technical Specifications:

Issue: Garden Corsage Stamp
Item Number: 585900
Denomination & Type of Issue: 2-Ounce Rate, Non-denominated, Mail Use
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Series: N/A
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: 45,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.05 x 0.77 in./26.67 x 19.558 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 1.19 x 0.91 in./30.226 x 23.114 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 5.76 x 5.55 in./146.304 x 140.97 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 (585900) • ©2019 USPS • USPS logo • Promotional text

From the USPS announcement on 22 October 2019:

The Postal Service introduces Garden Corsage, a new 2-ounce stamp. This stamp can accommodate the weight of heavy invitations for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and other celebrations, oversize greeting cards for all occasions, and mailings such as small gifts that require extra postage. The stamp features a photograph of a corsage containing a spray of peach roses and a pink ranunculus, accented with deep-pink heather and seeded eucalyptus. A cream-colored lace ribbon entwines the flowers. Garden Corsage is similar in design to the Contemporary Boutonniere Forever stamp, and the two form a natural pair. The corsage was 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 Garden Corsage stamp (Non-denominated priced at the 2-ounce rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 585900). The stamp will go on sale nationwide April 2, 2020, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.

The United States Postal Service introduces Garden Corsage, a new 2-ounce stamp for all of life’s special moments. This stamp can accommodate the weight of:

Heavy invitations for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and other celebrations;
Oversize greeting cards for all occasions; and
Mailing small gifts that require extra postage.
The stamp art features a photograph of a corsage containing a spray of peach roses and a pink ranunculus, accented with deep-pink heather and seeded eucalyptus. A cream-colored lace ribbon entwines the flowers. Garden Corsage is similar in design to the Contemporary Boutonniere Forever stamp, and the two form a natural pair. The corsage 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 – Garden Corsage 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.

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