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!

1 Romania 1963 old Stamp MNH OG
1 Romania 1963 old Stamp MNH OG
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ROMANIA MK 1963 VGEL HHNER KKEN MAXIMUMKARTE CARTE MAXIMUM CARD MC CM d8997
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ROMANIA MK 1963 WEINTRAUBEN TRAUBE WINE GRAPE UVA CARTE MAXIMUM CARD MC CM d2469
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Romania 1963 Workers Strike 30th Anniv Railways  Oil Industry Flag 1v MNH
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Romania 1963 Delacroix Painter Artist Paintings Art People 1v MNH
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1963 Bulgaria Error shifted yellow color The flag Romania Balkan Games MNH
1963 Bulgaria Error shifted yellow color The flag Romania Balkan Games MNH
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Romania 1963 Water Sports Swimming Polo Diving Diver 7v set MNH
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S705 1963 ROMANIA SPORT EUROPEAN VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP COLLECTION 1SET MNH
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S687 1963 ROMANIA WATER SPORT SWIMMING POLO DIVING COLLECTION 1SET MNH
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Scott  1557 1963  Duck  Inscription in Dark Blue
Scott 1557 1963 Duck Inscription in Dark Blue
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Q5058 ROMANIA 1963 QUARTINA USATA N 1932 VEDI FOTO
Q5058 ROMANIA 1963 QUARTINA USATA N 1932 VEDI FOTO
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Q5061 ROMANIA 1963 QUARTINA USATA N 173 AEREA  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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