- Set of 8 stamps
- Rate Change and 29¢ Stamps
- First time rate-change stamp was reissued with denomination
Category of Stamp: Definitive
Value: 29¢, First-Class mail rate
Reason the stamp was issued: The Flower stamp was issued as a result of a rate change for First Class letters from 25¢ to 29¢. The rate change stamp was issued to meet demand until stamps with the new rate were produced. The same tulip design was then reissued with the new denomination.
Stamps included in this set:
US#2517 – F-Rate sheet stamp produced by United States Bank Note Corporation
US #2518 – F-Rate coil stamp produced by Bureau of Engraving and Printing
US #2519 – F-Rate booklet stamp produced by Bureau of Engraving and Printing
US #2520 – F-Rate booklet stamp produced by KCS Industries, Inc.
US #2524 - 29¢ sheet stamp produced by United States Bank Note Corporation
US #2525 - 29¢ coil (rouletted perfs) produced by Stamp Venturers
US #2526 - 29¢ coil produced by Stamp Venturers
US #2427 - 29¢ booklet stamp produced by KCS Industries, Inc.
About the stamp design: Beginning in 1978, rate change stamps were marked by a letter of the alphabet. This stamp was the sixth in this progression, so it bears the letter “F.” It pictures a red tulip with a single green leaf. The design is the work of Wallace Marosek, who produced the artwork for a project when he was a student at Yale University School of Art and Architecture.
First Day City: There was no official First Day of Issue ceremony for any of these stamps.
History the stamp represents: Since 1978, the USPS has accompanied a change in rate with a non-denominated stamp on which a letter of the alphabet represents the new denomination. Prepared long in advance, the “F” stamp was ready and waiting for the 1991 rate change. Like the 1988 “E” stamp, the subject of this stamp, a single red tulip, was chosen to match the letter “F.”
For the first time in USPS history, a rate-change stamp was reissued later in the year with the first-class rate.