U.S. # 3127b
1997 32¢ Flowering Pineapple
Issue Date: March 3, 1997
City: Washington, D.C.
Printed By: Stamp Venturers
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: 10.8 X10.3 (die cut)
These stamps picture botanical illustrations by German artist Maria Sibylla Merian, who lived from 1647 to 1717. They feature a flowering pineapple with two varieties of cockroaches and a citron fruit with a moth in different stages of metamorphosis – the larva, pupa, and adult – and a beetle.
The stamps were issued during National Women’s History month. The subjects of the stamps are from a collection of hand-colored, engraved plates the artist created while studying in Surinam for two years. The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., now houses the 70 plates.