2021 First-Class Forever Stamps,Heritage Breeds

# 5583-92 - 2021 First-Class Forever Stamps - Heritage Breeds

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US #5583-92
2021 Heritage Breeds

  • Commemorates 10 different heritage breeds known for their versatility, adaptability, and unique genetics


Stamp Category: 
Commemorative
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  May 17, 2021
First Day City:  Mount Vernon, Virginia
Quantity Issued:  25,000,000
Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method:  Offset, Flexographic
Format:  Panes of 20
Tagging:  Phosphor, block tag

Why the stamps were issued:  To recognize heritage breeds and their importance in horticulture over the years.

About the stamp designs:  Each pictures a photograph of one of 10 heritage breeds:  mulefoot hog, Wyandotte chicken, milking Devon cow, Narragansett turkey, American mammoth jackstock donkey, cotton patch goose, San Clemente Island goat, American cream draft horse, Cayuga duck, and Barbados blackbelly sheep.  Photographs are by Aliza Elizarov.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held in Mount Vernon, Virginia, home of Accokeek Foundation’s Heritage Breed Livestock Conservation Program within the National Colonial Farm at Piscataway Park.  The program is home to a herd of milking Devon cows, one of the breeds pictured on the stamps.

History the stamp represents:  Heritage animals are traditional varieties established over time by our ancestors.  Breeding stock for these animals was carefully managed to produce breeds that were adapted to specific environments for specific purposes.  They are considered more hardy and require less care than many modern hybrid breeds.

In 2021, the USPS issued a set of 10 Forever stamps honoring historic heritage breeds.  Each design pictures a different animal with its common name listed below.  All of the heritage breeds shown on the stamps were established in the Americas.

Most of these heritage breeds have few animals of the original breeding stock left today.  However, there is a growing trend for farmers and enthusiasts to bring these special animals back from the brink of extinction.  The genetic weaknesses of modern hybrids have also played a role in the resurgence of more sturdy heritage breeds.  We can only hope that, with help, they will all be around for generations to come.

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US #5583-92
2021 Heritage Breeds

  • Commemorates 10 different heritage breeds known for their versatility, adaptability, and unique genetics


Stamp Category: 
Commemorative
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  May 17, 2021
First Day City:  Mount Vernon, Virginia
Quantity Issued:  25,000,000
Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method:  Offset, Flexographic
Format:  Panes of 20
Tagging:  Phosphor, block tag

Why the stamps were issued:  To recognize heritage breeds and their importance in horticulture over the years.

About the stamp designs:  Each pictures a photograph of one of 10 heritage breeds:  mulefoot hog, Wyandotte chicken, milking Devon cow, Narragansett turkey, American mammoth jackstock donkey, cotton patch goose, San Clemente Island goat, American cream draft horse, Cayuga duck, and Barbados blackbelly sheep.  Photographs are by Aliza Elizarov.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held in Mount Vernon, Virginia, home of Accokeek Foundation’s Heritage Breed Livestock Conservation Program within the National Colonial Farm at Piscataway Park.  The program is home to a herd of milking Devon cows, one of the breeds pictured on the stamps.

History the stamp represents:  Heritage animals are traditional varieties established over time by our ancestors.  Breeding stock for these animals was carefully managed to produce breeds that were adapted to specific environments for specific purposes.  They are considered more hardy and require less care than many modern hybrid breeds.

In 2021, the USPS issued a set of 10 Forever stamps honoring historic heritage breeds.  Each design pictures a different animal with its common name listed below.  All of the heritage breeds shown on the stamps were established in the Americas.

Most of these heritage breeds have few animals of the original breeding stock left today.  However, there is a growing trend for farmers and enthusiasts to bring these special animals back from the brink of extinction.  The genetic weaknesses of modern hybrids have also played a role in the resurgence of more sturdy heritage breeds.  We can only hope that, with help, they will all be around for generations to come.