American Toleware Stamp Reissued at the American Stamp Dealers Association Summer Postage Stamp Show

Jun 25, 2004, 01:00 ET from U.S. Postal Service

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A first-day-of-issue ceremony
 for the reissued 5-cent American Toleware definitive postage stamp was held
 today at the American Stamp Dealers Association Summer Postage Stamp Show in
 Santa Clara, CA.  The stamp was issued in a new pane of 20 format and was
 originally issued in 2002 as the first postage stamp in the American Design
     The American Toleware stamps are available at Santa Clara Post Offices
 today and at Post Offices and Philatelic Centers nationwide June 26.
     "Two years ago when we introduced the American Design series of stamps, we
 hoped they would be a hit with customers and collectors," said David Failor,
 Executive Director of Stamp Services, U.S. Postal Service, and stamp
 dedicating official.  "Reissuing the Toleware stamp in a new pane format is
 confirmation that the series has quickly become one of the more popular in
 recent history.  It's a thrill for us to feature the unique artwork of
 America's great designers on our everyday, work-horse postage stamps."
     Joining Failor at the ceremony were Joe Savarase, Executive Vice
 President, American Stamp Dealers Association; Edward Hines, Treasurer,
 American Stamp Dealers Association; and Catherine Shearer, Postmaster, Santa
 Clara Post Office, U.S. Postal Service.
     The 5-cent definitive American Toleware stamp features artist Lou Nolan's
 painted detail of a black toleware coffeepot decorated with red flowers;
 purple forget-me-nots; and yellow, green and orange leaves, from the
 Winterthur Museum in Delaware.  Curators at Winterthur believe that it was
 manufactured in Philadelphia between 1850 and 1875.  Derry Noyes of
 Washington, DC, was the designer and art director for this stamp.
     To see the Toleware definitive stamp pane and other images from the 2004
 Stamp Program, visit the Postal Service website and view this news release at  Click on "Release Schedule" in the Collector's
     The American Design series showcases objects from various regions, eras
 and ethnic cultures that combine utility with beauty and function with form.
 It replaced the long-running Transportation series, which was issued from 1981
 through 1995.  The stamps in the American Design Series vary in denomination
 from one through ten cents.
     Toleware is japanned (varnished) or painted tinware fashioned into a
 variety of household objects, including teapots, coffeepots, cups, trays, and
 candlesticks, which are decorated with motifs such as fruits and flowers.
 Typically these designs, in colors such as deep red, green and pumpkin yellow,
 are either hand-painted or stenciled onto a black background of asphaltum -- a
 naturally occurring tar-like substance -- mixed with varnish.  Produced
 primarily in New England and Pennsylvania, American Toleware was especially
 popular during the 19th century.
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 catalog, are available by toll-free telephone order at 1 800 STAMP-24.  A wide
 selection of stamps and other philatelic items also are available at the
 Postal Store at, and
 offers beautifully framed prints of original stamp art for delivery straight
 to the home or office.
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SOURCE U.S. Postal Service