Stamps are the story of us, and what a powerful story they each tell. America's greatest people, places and moments are memorialized here, honored in the art and story of limited edition stamps.
Here, Heritage is our Hero™.
Summer Harvest Forever® Stamps celebrate some of America’s favorite summer produce-corn, tomatoes, cantaloupes, and watermelons. The bold and bright designs are reminiscent of 19th and 20th-century produce crate labels.
First day of issue: July 11, 2015 Sacramento, CA
The Summer Harvest Stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price, which is $0.49.
These artistic labels evolved from a simple need: to identify the produce inside wooden crates. The vibrant images quickly became an advertising tool for growers in the competitive agricultural market.
Growers commissioned printing houses with some of the day’s best graphic artists to produce the labels, which featured clever slogans and unusual styles. Even today, vintage crate labels are highly sought after collectibles due to their unique designs.