Arago: 1974 Christmas Issue

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1974 Christmas Issue

In 1974 three Christmas stamps were issued to celebrate the holiday season.

The 10-cent Currier and Ives Christmas stamp was first placed on sale at New York City on October 23, 1974. The stamp, designed by Seven Dohanos, is based on a Currier and Ives print entitled "The Road Winter." It was issued in sheets of fifty, with an initial printing of 850 million.

The 10-cent Angel Christmas stamp was first placed on sale at New York City on October 23, 1974. The stamp, designed by Bradbury Thompson, features a detail from the Perussis altarpiece in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. It was issued in sheets of fifty, with an initial printing of 850 million.

The 10-cent Peace on Earth pre-canceled Christmas stamp was first placed on sale at New York City on November 15, 1974. This issue was the first US postage stamp printed with pressure-sensitive adhesive paper. Robert W. Bode designed the stamp, which was printed in sheets of fifty, with an initial printing of 325 million.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (September 12, 1974).

Kloetzel, James E., ed. 2008 Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps & Covers. 86th ed. Sidney, Ohio: Scott Publishing Co., 2007.


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