Arago: 2009 Contemporary Christmas Issue

2009 Contemporary Christmas Issue

On October 8, 2009, in New York, New York, at the Mega Stamp Show, the Postal Service issued a 44-cent, Winter Holidays stamp in four designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive booklet of twenty and an automated teller machine booklet of eighteen.

Designed by Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, Arizona, the stamps celebrate the winter holiday season. The designs feature a reindeer, snowman, gingerbread man, and a toy soldier. A merry reindeer dangles a bulb ornament from his antler. Flurries of large flakes dust a snowman sporting a top hat, coal buttons, and a carrot nose. A gingerbread man is decorated for the season with green, red, and white icing, and a toy soldier smiles while standing at attention. Borders of evergreens, stars, wreaths, and holly add another holiday touch to the stamps. To create the stamps, Joseph Cudd of Greensboro, North Carolina, first sketched the designs by hand and then finished them on the computer using a graphics tablet

Banknote Corporation of America Inc. printed 1.3 billion stamps in the offset process with microprint 'USPS.'

Reference: Postal Bulletin (September 10, 2009)

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