Arago: 1966 Christmas Issue

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1966 Christmas Issue

The 5-cent Christmas postage stamp was issued in Christmas, Michigan, on November 1, 1966.

The stamp design by Howard C. Mildner is based on a painting by Hans Memling (c. 1430-1494), Flemish master of the Renaissance. This oil painting, "Madonna and Child with Angels," is housed in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. The Madonna's gown and portions of the tapestry were printed blue by lithography. A second offset plate applied orange to the tapestry, blending with the blue to produce green. Some portions of the tapestry remained orange. The stamp then moved to the Giori press where deep brown, light brown, and red were printed.

The stamp is 0.75 by 0.87 of an inch in dimension, arranged vertically, and issued in panes of 100. 1 billion 200 million of this stamp were printed.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (October 6, 1966).


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