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
http://www.usps.com/shop. 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.
Current U.S. stamps and stationery, as well as a free comprehensive
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 http://www.usps.com/shop, and http://www.postalartgallery.com
offers beautifully framed prints of original stamp art for delivery straight
to the home or office.
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neighbors and businesses by mail. An independent federal agency, the Postal
Service makes deliveries to about 141 million addresses every day and is the
only service provider to deliver to every address in the nation. The Postal
Service receives no taxpayer dollars for routine operations, but derives its
operating revenues solely from the sale of postage, products and services.
With annual revenues of more than $68 billion, it is the world's leading
provider of mail and delivery services, offering some of the most affordable
postage rates in the world. Moreover, today's postage rates will remain
stable until at least 2006. The U.S. Postal Service delivers more than 46
percent of the world's mail volume -- some 202 billion letters,
advertisements, periodicals and packages a year -- and serves seven million
customers each day at its 38,000 retail locations nationwide.
SOURCE U.S. Postal Service