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!

Rumnien 1963 Tag der Briefmarke 15 Weltpostkongress UPUC 2197
Rumnien 1963 Tag der Briefmarke 15 Weltpostkongress UPUC 2197
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Rumnien 1963 Tag der Briefmarke 15 Weltpostkongress UPUC 1975
Rumnien 1963 Tag der Briefmarke 15 Weltpostkongress UPUC 1975
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x1963 Romania Sc 1562 66 Delacroix Stanislavski Giuseppe 25 x full Set of 5 q35
x1963 Romania Sc 1562 66 Delacroix Stanislavski Giuseppe 25 x full Set of 5 q35
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1963 Romania Post Stamp Day Mi 2189 2194 Bk54 MNH
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DEP1 Romania Romania No 1916 22 1963 MNH
DEP1 Romania Romania No 1916 22 1963 MNH
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Rare Superb MNH stamps RSR Romania Issues 1963  1968  1981  Birds
Rare Superb MNH stamps RSR Romania Issues 1963 1968 1981 Birds
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Rumnien Sammlung 1963 6 Ausgaben postfrisch
Rumnien Sammlung 1963 6 Ausgaben postfrisch
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ROMANIA 1963 Innsbruck Olympics Ice hockey Sports Stadium m s Imperf MNH
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Romania 1963 Fruits Food Crops Grapes Pears Strawberry Plums Cherries Peaches 8v
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Romania 1963 Olympic Sports Hockey Skiing Biathlon Shooting Skating Bobsled MNH
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1963 FDC GREECE 11TH WORLD JAMBOREE
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ROMANIA1963 Winter Olympic Games Min Sheet SGMS3077 fine used
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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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