J6001 / Scott 5556
Chinese New Year
Year of the Ox
Realism is the main objective of this individually hand painted cover. An observant farmer keeps an attentive eye on his young water buffalo. The large animal will slowly wander as it grazes on abundant grasses. Small hills covered with vegetation arise from a nearby lake. Watercolors provide the opportunity to coordinate colors from the stamp using blue for the farmer's jacket and red for his pants.
A first day of issue bullseye postmark ties the new stamp to the envelope. Now ready is Year of the Ox. Collins #J6001 at $16.50.