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33-cent Coral Pink Rose

In conjunction with the Americover ‘99 show in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Postal Service issued the 33-cent multicolored Coral Pink Rose (Scott 3052) self-adhesive definitive on August 30, 1999. Issued as a vending booklet of fifteen and a convertible booklet of twenty, the stamp incorporated a “1999” year date in the lower left corner below the design.

The pink, green, and black stamp was designed by Ned Seidler, printed for Sennett Security Products by American Packaging Corporation on a Roromec 3000 ES gravure press and perforated 11.5 x 11.5 on two, three, or four sides, with die-cut simulated perforations on a Comco Custom rotary die cutter. The convertible booklet was formatted seven across by three down, including a label; the vending booklet was formatted in panes of four, six, and five. Both were gravure printed from cylinders of 360 subjects.

The convertible booklet has one group of three cylinder numbers preceded by the letter ‘S’ on the second peel-off selvage strip. The vending booklet has one group of three cylinder numbers preceded by the letter ‘S’ on the back cover below the bar code.

On April 7, 2000, the Postal Service issued the 33-cent multicolored Coral Pink Rose (Scott 3052E) self-adhesive definitive in a third format—a double-sided convertible booklet of twenty—at the Postage Stamp Mega-Event in New York City. The stamp incorporated a “2000” year date in the lower left corner below the design.

The green, pink, and black stamp was printed for Sennett Security Products by American Packaging Corporation on a Roromec 3000 ES gravure press and perforated 10.75 x 10.5 on two or three sides, with die-cut simulated perforations on a Comco Custom rotary die cutter. The convertible booklet was formatted two across by four down, plus the booklet cover; two across by six down on the other side plus two horizontal peel-off strips. It was gravure printed from cylinders of 288 subjects for the cover side, 432 subjects for the other side. The booklet has one group of three cylinder numbers preceded by the letter ‘S’ on one of the peel-off selvage strips.

Roses had previously been depicted on a 1978 booklet pane (Scott 1737), 1981 se-tenant Flowers block of four (Scott 1876), 1982 International Peace Garden commemorative (Scott 2014) and State Birds and Flowers pane (Scott 1962, 1967, 1984, and 1986), the 25-cent Love stamp (Scott 2378) and 45-cent Love stamp (Scott 2379), and the earlier red, pink, and yellow Rose stamps (Scott 2490, 2492, 3049, and 3054) of the Flora and Fauna series.

A rose is a flowering shrub (genus Rosa), and the flower of this shrub. There are more than a hundred species of wild roses, all from the northern hemisphere and mostly from temperate regions. The species form a group of generally thorny shrubs or climbers, and sometimes trailing plants, reaching 6.5–16.5 feet tall.

The flowers typically have five petals, usually white or pink; in a few species yellow or red.

The Rose is the state flower of Iowa (Wild Prairie Rose, 1897), New York (Rose, 1955) and Oklahoma (Oklahoma Rose, 2004) and the official floral emblem of Georgia (Cherokee Rose, 1916) and North Dakota (Wild Prairie Rose, 1907).

References:

Linn’s U.S. Stamp Yearbook 1999

Linn’s U.S. Stamp Yearbook 2000

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

NETSTATE.com (http://www.netstate.com/states/tables/st_flowers.htm)


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