1991 19c Hot-Air Balloon,bklt pane of 10

# 2530a - 1991 19c Hot-Air Balloon,bklt pane of 10

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US #2530a
1991 Hot-Air Balloon

  • Booklet Pane of 10
  • Part of the short-lived Mini-Scapes series
  • Covered the Postcard rate

Category of Stamp:  Definitive
Set: 
Mini-scapes
Value: 
19¢, Postcard rate
First Day of Issue: 
May 17, 1991
First Day City: 
Denver, Colorado
Quantity Issued: 
37,513,800
Printed by: 
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method:
Photogravure
Format: 
Booklet – 2 panes of 10, from printing cylinders of 480 subjects (20 across, 24 down)
Perforations: 
10

Reason the stamp was issued:  This stamp was issued shortly after the Postcard rate was increased from 15¢ to 19¢.  It was intended for use by vacationers sending postcards to friends and family.  The stamp was a colorful alternative to other definitives available at the time.

About the stamp design:  Pierre Mion is the artist behind the Hot-Air Balloon stamp.  He was asked to submit sketches for new postcard stamps.  A hot-air balloon in flight was one of the suggested topics.  After his sketch was accepted, Mion created a gouache (opaque watercolor) painting showing the balloon from above.

First Day City:  The stamp was issued during Rompex 91, a stamp show in Denver, Colorado.  Though there was no official US Postal Service ceremony, the organizers held their own complete with an actual hot-air balloon.

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US #2530a
1991 Hot-Air Balloon

  • Booklet Pane of 10
  • Part of the short-lived Mini-Scapes series
  • Covered the Postcard rate

Category of Stamp:  Definitive
Set: 
Mini-scapes
Value: 
19¢, Postcard rate
First Day of Issue: 
May 17, 1991
First Day City: 
Denver, Colorado
Quantity Issued: 
37,513,800
Printed by: 
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method:
Photogravure
Format: 
Booklet – 2 panes of 10, from printing cylinders of 480 subjects (20 across, 24 down)
Perforations: 
10

Reason the stamp was issued:  This stamp was issued shortly after the Postcard rate was increased from 15¢ to 19¢.  It was intended for use by vacationers sending postcards to friends and family.  The stamp was a colorful alternative to other definitives available at the time.

About the stamp design:  Pierre Mion is the artist behind the Hot-Air Balloon stamp.  He was asked to submit sketches for new postcard stamps.  A hot-air balloon in flight was one of the suggested topics.  After his sketch was accepted, Mion created a gouache (opaque watercolor) painting showing the balloon from above.

First Day City:  The stamp was issued during Rompex 91, a stamp show in Denver, Colorado.  Though there was no official US Postal Service ceremony, the organizers held their own complete with an actual hot-air balloon.