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!

1963 Domestic PoultryHenRoosterDuckGooseTom TurkeyRomaniaMi2145CV9MNH
1963 Domestic PoultryHenRoosterDuckGooseTom TurkeyRomaniaMi2145CV9MNH
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1963 BeesSilkwormSilkButterflyAbejaAbeilleBieneSeideRomania221413MNH
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Roumanie 1963 Animaux Basse cour 188 Yvert n 1908  1915 oblitr used
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Romania 1963 Mi 2184 2188 Nuovo  100 Pallavolo
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Romania 1963 Mi 2195 2202 Nuovo  100 Giochi Olimpici
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1963 the Three RsReduceReuseRecyclingChildrenMetalIndustryRomaniacard 1
1963 the Three RsReduceReuseRecyclingChildrenMetalIndustryRomaniacard 1
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Rumnien 1963 Tiere Vogelhuser 188 Yvert n1908 Rechts 1915 Werte Used
Rumnien 1963 Tiere Vogelhuser 188 Yvert n1908 Rechts 1915 Werte Used
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Romania 1963 Animali Cortile 188 Yvert N 1908 a 1915 MNH Usato
Romania 1963 Animali Cortile 188 Yvert N 1908 a 1915 MNH Usato
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Romania 1963 Animals Farmyard 188 Yvert N 1908 to 1915 MNH Used
Romania 1963 Animals Farmyard 188 Yvert N 1908 to 1915 MNH Used
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Rumania 1963 Animales Corral 188 Yvert N 1908 de 1915 MNH Usado
Rumania 1963 Animales Corral 188 Yvert N 1908 de 1915 MNH Usado
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38997 ROMANIA 1963 CTO Space S S Cosmonauts
38997 ROMANIA 1963 CTO Space S S Cosmonauts
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Romania 1963 Olympic Sports Hockey Skiing Biathlon Shooting Skating Bobsled NH 2
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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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