A new 3-cent Strawberries stamp will be available in coils of 10,000 when formally issued May 5 with a first day of issue in Acton, Massachusetts, the U.S. Postal Service said Friday. This was the first formal announcement of the new stamp from the USPS.
The first-day date coincides with the first day of the Philatelic Show (May 5-7) sponsored by the Northeastern Federation of Stamp Clubs at the Boxborough Regency Hotel and Conference Center. The show will host a first-day ceremony for the new stamp at 11 a.m.
The stamp features an illustration of three ripe, red strawberries surrounded by leaves and hulls adjacent to three smaller, green strawberries in various stages of growth. A small white flower from the strawberry plant completes the picture.
Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp using an existing illustration by John Burgoyne, the same artist for the recent Apples, Grapes, and Pears definitives.
*updated to reflect the ceremony time