Romanian Vegetables by Aida Tasgian-Constantinescu

Saturday, January 14, 2012

in Thematic postage stamps

Romanian Vegetables by Aida Tasgian-Constantinescu

If any stamp collecting bloggers are looking for inspiration I can highly recommend heading over to  Viridian's Postcard Blog over the weekend to check out the weekly theme for Sunday Stamps. This week's theme is “Food” with an invitation to  interpret the theme broadly. Flicking through my old childhood album of thematic stamps I happened upon these striking Romanian stamps featuring vegetables and thought they would fit the bill perfectly!

Issued on 23 March, 1963, these postally used stamps were designed by the prolific graphic artist Aida Tasgian-Constantinescu – her work is everywhere on Romanian stamps of the twentieth century, although biographical information online seems to be hard to find – and were originally part of a six stamp set featuring not only the tomatoes (35 bani), a chili pepper (40 bani) and radishes (55 bani) seen here, but also aubergines (or eggplant as it's called in the US), mild peppers and cucumber.

The simple silkscreen printing technique and limited palette actually serve these designs very well – this an eye catching set of stamps and well worth a closer look!

Romania 1963 First Woman in Space Vostock 5 and 6 Stamps and minisheet MNH
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Rumnien Briefmarken 1963 Museum fr alte Bauernhuser MiNr2222 28
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Pew M98 Romania 1963 used s s SPACE
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ROEMENIE Yt 1929 1936 gestempeld 1963
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Roemeni 2161 2165 gestempeld 1963 Vervoer
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Romania 1963 Mi 2509 2512 MNH 100 Space
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Q5630 ROMANIA 1963 QUARTINA PALLAVOLO VEDI FOTO
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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Bob Scotney January 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

It’s good to know there are stamps like this out there even if they have passed me by. I see the full set is shown among those for sale.

viridian61 January 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm

So glad you could join us today. these stamps look delicious – I’ll have a chili pepper please.

postcardy January 15, 2012 at 4:07 pm

A colorful set of familiar vegetables. We have all of those vegetables here.

VioletSky January 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm

These are very nicely defined veggies on the stamps.

Joy January 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm

I was not familiar with the artist but recognise the style of foreground and faded background image from what I remember of my Romania stamps (I will have go and have a browse now).

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day January 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

I don’t think I’ve come across vegetables on stamps before – they make great images.

Sorry to be so late visiting. I’m still playing catch-up….

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