Red Fox

This 40-cent stamp features a red fox. Sold in panes of 20 and in self-adhesive coils of 3,000 and 10,000, the stamp is intended for use by bulk mailers for items such as circulars, newsletters, and catalogs. It can also be used by customers who enjoy using a variety of stamps on their envelopes and packages.

The stamp art features a pencil-and-watercolor illustration—the handsome face of a red fox from preexisting artwork by wildlife illustrator Dugald Stermer (1936–2011). His penciled calligraphy on the stamp indicates the animal’s common name and its scientific classification, Vulpes vulpes.

Intelligent and highly adaptable, the red fox is well known to Americans coast to coast, including much of Alaska—absent only from Hawai‘i and parts of the Southwest. Foxes are found not only in woodlands and open country, but also in suburbs and cities. Versatile omnivores, they hunt rodents, birds, fish, insects, and invertebrates, and also eat nuts, roots, berries, and more. The fox’s large ears and keen senses are invaluable for pursuing prey.

The red fox is named for its most common rusty coloration, which includes darker forelegs and white fur both on the animal’s underside and on the tip of its bushy tail. Some individuals are gray or white.

The fox vixen gives birth to several helpless young as winter turns to spring. The kits emerge from their underground den after several weeks of parental care. By autumn, the kits will be fully grown.

Red foxes are versatile omnivores, hunting rodents, birds, fish, insects and invertebrates. They also eat nuts, roots, berries, and more. The fox’s large ears and keen senses are invaluable for pursuing prey.

Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.

Product Specification:
Issue:Red Fox Stamp
Item Number:122100
Denomination &40-cent Denominated, Mail-use
Type of Issue:
Format:Pane of 20 (1 design)
Issue Date & City:January 5, 2023, Fox, AR 72051
Designer:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Art Director:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Artist:Dugald Stermer
Modeler:Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process:Offset, Microprint
Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
Press Type:Gallus RCS
Stamps per Pane:20
Print Quantity:10,000,000 stamps
Paper Type:Phosphor, Block Tag
Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
Colors:Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Pantone 4745
Stamp Orientation:Vertical
Image Area (w x h):0.73 x 0.84 in./18.542 x 21.336 mm
Overall Size (w x h):0.87 x 0.98 in./22.098 x 24.892 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h):5.35 x 4.93 in./135.89 x 125.222 mm
Plate Size:160 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers:“B” followed by five (5) single digits
Marginal Markings:
Front:Plate numbers in four corners of pane
Back:©2022 USPS • USPS logo • Two barcodes (122100) • Plate position diagram (8) • Promotional text
Back:© 1998 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (553000) Breast Cancer proceeds explanation • Promotional text
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