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On July 8, 1995, the U.S. Postal Service released two new stamps -- one showing two peaches and one showing a pear -- with first day of issue ceremonies held at the American Topical Association's 1995 show in Reno, Nev. The stamps were issued as self-adhesives in booklet and coil formats, as well as regular gum in booklet format. The stamps were not commemorating peaches and pears; rather, they are what the Postal Service terms "definitive stamps" -- that is, they are regular stamps printed in great quantities, available for long periods of time, and are designed to carry the mail rather than commemorate something. In this case, the peach and pear images were used to reflects an Americana theme.
Although the peach stamp had no specific connection to Georgia, three months before the stamp's release, Gov. Zell Miller signed legislation designating the peach as the official state fruit of Georgia.
For more information on Georgia peaches, click here.
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