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!

Roemeni 2189 2194 gestempeld 1963 aan Dag de Stempel
Roemeni 2189 2194 gestempeld 1963 aan Dag de Stempel
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ROMANIA COVER 1963 POSTAL HISTORY RP ROMINA POSTA BUCURESTI
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MTC651 Romania cover 1963 FDC type
MTC651 Romania cover 1963 FDC type
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1963 Romania Cosmonautica Luna 4 FDC
1963 Romania Cosmonautica Luna 4 FDC
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ROMANIA VOSTOK 5 VOSTOK 6 1963
ROMANIA VOSTOK 5 VOSTOK 6 1963
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Romania 1963 Poultry set LMM 1968 Flowers MNH
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Romania 1963 Bl55 Olympics MNH 238
Romania 1963 Bl55 Olympics MNH 238
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RUMNIEN 2203 10B o 1963 Olympische Winterspiele ungez 1000x Pracht Mi 7
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Romania 1963 Santa Claus Liliput stationery cover 4
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Romania 1963 NavyShip Liliput stationery cover
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Romania 1963 MNH Mi Block 55 CTO NH Winter Olympic GamesInnsbruckImpref
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Romania 1963 MNH Sc 1597 1604 Mi 2203 2210 imperf Winter Olympic GamesInnsbruck
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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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