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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 5, 2016

Holiday windows shine on new Forever stamps

Oct 12, 2016

NEW YORK CITY — A new booklet of Forever stamps entitled Holiday Windows was dedicated Thursday, making it clear that the holidays are right around the corner. The festive holiday contemporary stamps represent one of the major issues for the 2016 holiday mailing season.

The dedication ceremony took place at the American Stamp Dealers’ Association Fall Postage Stamp Show at the New York Hilton in New York City.

“These new stamps will help people celebrate the holidays with style – whether applied to letters, cards or packages, they will welcome recipients with greetings and good cheer,” Postal Service Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett noted. “It’s our hope that these inviting stamps will help customers connect with the festive spirit of the season.”

Corbett was the dedicating official, and Mary-Anne Penner, director of Stamp Services for the Postal Service, was the master of ceremonies for the event.

The new stamps have been printed – and will be sold – only as complete booklets of 20 stamps, priced at $9.40. The booklets feature four designs that each appears five times.

The stamps reflect the simple pleasures of the wintry holiday season and feature a candle, a wreath, a star and a lighted tree. The stamps show the tranquil calm of a winter evening after the snow has fallen and the sun has set. Whether you enjoy viewing a peaceful scene from a cozy spot indoors or feeling a chill on your face outside, these brief moments make this time of year special.

Two designs show views from the inside looking out: a single burning candle sits on a window sill; and a simple star ornament hangs in a window.

Two other designs show views from the outside looking in: a brightly lit indoor Christmas tree contrasts with the snowy shrubs outside; and a snow-covered wreath hangs in front of a frosted window. Art director Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland, designed the stamps with original artwork by William Low of Huntington, New York.

Featuring snowy winter nights, these stamps demonstrate how windows everywhere play a role in the celebration of the holidays. People can delight in the snow when they are inside, and can share their warmth and happiness with the outside world through simple panes of glass. Conveying both the joyful and the reverent spirit of the holiday season, the stamps show the ways people observe traditions and spread cheer.

The Holiday Windows stamps are being issued as Forever stamps. The Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price. Customers can purchase these and other holiday stamps at their local Post Office, usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724.

Customers have 60 days to obtain first-day-of-issue postmarks by mail. They can purchase the stamps at local Post Offices, online or by phone as described above. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others and place them in envelopes addressed to: Holiday Windows Stamps, Stamp Fulfillment Services, Cancellation Services, 8300 NE Underground Drive, Pillar 210, Kansas City, MO 64144-9998.

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by Dec. 6.

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