- Previously issued as a non-denominated stamp
- Same design was printed in three formats by different companies
Category of Stamp: Definitive
Value: 29¢, First-Class Mail rate
First Day of Issue: March 3, 1992
First Day City: Rochester, New York
Quantity Issued: 150,000,000
Printed by: Stamp Venturers
Printing Method/Format: Photogravure, on cylinders of 429 stamps (13 across, 33 down). Distributed as coils of 3,000
Reason the stamp was issued: This coil stamp was issued following a rate change in 1991. It was sold in coils of 3,000 for use by business machines that applied stamps to envelopes or cards.
About the stamp design: The red tulip against a yellow background was first used for non-denominated stamps when rate changes were put in place. The design was the work of Wallace Marosek, who created the paintings while he was an art student at Yale University.
First Day City: Rochester, New York, is nicknamed the Flower City, so it was an appropriate spot for the First Day of Issue of this and all denominated Flower stamps.
Unusual thing about this stamp: The design for this stamp was first used in 1991 on an “F” rate change stamp. That stamp was issued in sheet, coil, and booklet formats and was produced by three different printers. When the new rate was set at 29¢, the tulip design was again used for these new stamps. They were also printed as sheets, booklets, and coils.