2021 36¢ Barns
Value: 36¢ Postcard rate (Forever)
Issue Date: January 24, 2021
First Day City: Barnesville, GA
Type of Stamp: Definitive
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 100,000,000
There is something about barns that makes every American stop and reflect for a moment. There are modern barns with elaborate designs, simple buildings that get the job done, and historic marvels that have stood the test of time. Whichever design, all barns have the strange ability to make us feel nostalgic for a simpler time.
In 2021, the United States Postal Service issued four new nondenominated stamps to satisfy the postcard rate. Each one pictures a different style of barn during one of the four seasons. There is a round barn for fall, gambrel-roofed barn for summer, forebay (or Pennsylvania) barn for spring, and Western barn for winter. Each stamp features bright colors and crisp details, making them truly striking. The original artwork for these issues was by Kim Johnson.
It is fitting that these stamps satisfied the postcard rate, as there are different types of barns all over the country. That is just the stamp design to send a postcard to a loved one telling them where you have been. And, just like the barns themselves, the stamps will stand the test of time since they are nondenominated.
Whether visiting a new place on vacation, or taking a drive through your own town, you are sure to find an old barn still standing somewhere, waiting for you to uncover its story...