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32-cent Pear

A 32-cent multicolored Pear definitive was issued on July 8, 1995, se-tenant in a checkerboard pattern with a stamp depicting two peaches. It was issued at Topex-Nevpex ’95 in Reno, Nevada. The stamps were issued in two formats: a pane of self-adhesives (convertible booklet) and a conventional booklet with water-activated stamps.

Ned Seidler designed the stamp. The magenta, yellow, cyan, black and line blue booklet stamp (Scott 2488) was printed on the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) seven-color Andreotti gravure press (601) and distributed in two panes of ten, five Pear and five Peach stamps per pane with the two designs se-tenant vertically and horizontally. Gravure printing cylinders with 480 subjects were used to print the stamp. One group of five cylinder numbers appears on each pane binding stub; wide or narrow cross-register lines appear on some stubs. The stamp was perforated 11 x 10 on the Goebel booklet machine stroke perforator.

The yellow, magenta, cyan, black and dark blue self-adhesive stamp (Scott 2492) was also designed by Ned Seidler, printed by Avery Dennison Security Printing on a Dai Nippon Kiko 8-color gravure press and die-cut in a serpentine fashion on a Comco Commander die cutter. Panes of twenty-one (twenty stamps and one non-stamp) were distributed, arranged vertically three across by seven down. Gravure printing cylinders of ten panes, five across and four down were used. Coil stamps (Scott 2495A), or strips, were printed from gravure cylinders of four hundred subjects and sold in rolls of 5,000 or strips of twenty. One set of five cylinder numbers preceded by the letter ‘V’ appears on the first selvage strip in the convertible booklet and below the design on every 20th coil stamp. The booklet stamp exists with serpentine die-cut perforations on one side, two side, three sides, and four sides. The coil stamp has vertical serpentine die-cut perforations.

On the booklet stamps the ‘1995’ year date printed below the bottom frame line is black and is only about one-half the size of the blue year data on the self-adhesive stamps.

The European Pear (Pyrus communis) is a species of pear native to central and eastern Europe and southwest Asia. The European Pear is one of the most important fruits of temperate regions, being the species from which most orchard pear cultivars grown in Europe, North America, and Australia are developed.

They are medium sized trees, reaching 33-56 feet tall, often with a tall, narrow crown. The flowers are white, rarely tinted yellow or pink, 0.8-1.5 inches in diameter, and have five petals. The pear fruit in some cultivated forms can grow to 7 inches long and 3 inches broad. European Pears are picked when the fruit matures but before they are ripe.

References:

Linn’s U.S. Stamp Yearbook 1995

Scott 2005 Specialized Catalogue of U.S. Stamps and Covers


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