U.S. # 4765a
2013 46¢ Wedding Bouquet Imperforate
Marriage is considered sacred around the globe, but wedding traditions vary greatly across different cultures. Mexican couples are lassoed by a white ribbon or rosary during their wedding ceremony to symbolize their union. Among the Mohawk Nation’s Akwesasne people, elder siblings do a special dance in a pig trough if a younger sibling marries first.
In China, the bride and groom serve tea to both sets of parents before the wedding, which is usually held on the half-hour so their life together begins on an upswing. After the wedding, the bride serves tea to her new in-laws. Eggs, sweets, and money – representing fertility, a happy life together, and financial success – are common wedding themes in India. Ducks and geese are symbols in Korea because both species mate for life and represent fidelity. Russian brides and grooms race each other to a special carpet they stand on while reciting their vows. According to tradition, whoever reaches it first will be the head of the household.
Many American brides incorporate personal touches into their wedding ceremony to make their day special and unique. But saying “Yes, I do” is the highlight of almost every joyous union.
As with the “Where Dreams Blossom” Wedding Bouquet stamp, the “Yes I Do” Heart of Roses stamp was designed by Ethel Kessler using an illustration by Michael Osborne. This stylized heart stamp, with “Yes I Do” nestled within the colorful flowers, paid the rate for wedding invitations (which are often heavier than regular envelopes as they include reply cards and more) and other oversize cards.
Value: 66¢ 2-ounce first-class letter rate
Issued: April 11, 2013
First Day City: New York, NY
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Ashton Potter
Method: Photogravure printing in sheets of 180 in 9 panes of 20
The U.S.P.S. has been issuing Wedding stamps since 2004. The stamps always feature images of love, romance, and wedding traditions. These include bouquets, hearts, rings, and cakes.
Scarce Modern Imperforates
The modern imperforate stamps are one of the hottest stories around. In 2012, the U.S. Postal Service released some issues as press sheets. The sheets with die cut perforations were issued in limited quantities.
To the surprise of many collectors, officials then issued a small number of press sheets without perforations. The uncut sheets were only available in Kansas City, Missouri, yet most sold out immediately. In an instant, the imperforate stamp sheets became modern rarities. For example, only 75,000 Baseball All-Star se-tenant sheets were issued compared to 118,000 Bugs Bunny sheets with the 10th stamp imperforate.
In a controversial move, the editors of Scott Catalogue announced they would not list or give numbers to these stamps because they did not fit Scott guidelines. This decision was strongly debated since the imperforate stamps are valid for postage. They eventually decided to give the stamps minor numbers and have continued issuing imperforates in the years since.
Because they were issued in such limited quantities, these scarce modern imperforates can be difficult to find. Luckily Mystic purchased a small number of each imperforate stamp issued so you can add these modern rarities to your collection. Be one of the lucky few – order today.