2011 Holiday “Forever” Stamps Now Available

Rebecca
By Rebecca October 14, 2011

2011 Holiday “Forever” Stamps Now Available

holiday stamps 300x194 2011 Holiday Forever Stamps Now AvailableWith Christmas only 73 days away, the United States Post Office is releasing for sale its 2011 Holiday Stamps. Both the Holiday Baubles and Madonna of the Candelabra by Raphael stamps are being issued as Forever stamps which make them good for one-ounce First-Class Mail postage forever.

The Holiday Baubles design is inspired by Christmas tree ornaments of the 1950s. Art Director William Gicker used illustrations by Linda Fountain of Hilton Head Island, S.C., to create the stamp art. The Madonna of the Candelabra is a circular painting and dates around 1513. It resides in the Walters Art Museum collection in Baltimore, Md.

“Last year, we sold 1.3 billion holiday stamps from October to December,” notes Stephen Kearney, executive director, Stamp Services, U.S. Postal Service. “That amounts to one in every 10 stamps we sell for the year. We hope to sell even more this year and, remember, they last forever.”

The stamps go on sale today at Post Offices nationwide, online at usps.com and by phone at 800-782-6724.


How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark
Holiday Baubles Forever Stamps

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at a local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others) and place them in larger envelopes addressed to:

Holiday Baubles Stamp
Postmaster
421 Eighth Ave., Rm. 2029B
New York, NY  10199-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes by mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by Dec. 13, 2011.

How to Order First-Day Covers
The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly “USA Philatelic” catalog. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-STAMP-24 or writing to:

Information Fulfillment
Dept. 6270
U.S. Postal Service
P.O. Box 219014
Kansas City, MO  64121-9014

Philatelic Products
There are four philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

  • 679663, First-Day Cover Set of 4, $3.52.
  • 679668, Digital Color Postmark Set of 4, $6.40.
  • 679691, Ceremony Program, $6.95.
  • 679699, Cancellation Keepsake (4 DCP w/Pane), $15.95.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark
Madonna of the Candelabra by Raphael Stamp

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at a local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others) and place them in larger envelopes addressed to:

Madonna of the Candelabra by Raphael Stamp
Postmaster
421 Eighth Ave., Rm. 2029B
New York, NY  10199-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes by mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by Dec. 13, 2011.

How to Order First-Day Covers
The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly “USA Philatelic” catalog. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-STAMP-24 or writing to:

Information Fulfillment
Dept. 6270
U.S. Postal Service
P.O. Box 219014
Kansas City, MO  64121-9014

Philatelic Products
There are four philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

  • 679561, First-Day Cover, $.88.
  • 679565, Digital Color Postmark, $1.60.
  • 679591, Ceremony Program, $6.95.
  • 679599, Cancellation Keepsake (4 DCP w/Pane), $10.95.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.


Rebecca
By Rebecca October 14, 2011
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  1. Holiday Postage Stamps October 20, 03:43

    First, I can’t believe it’s already so close to Christmas and I’m reading this almost a week after you posted it.

    Second, I’m amazed that the post office sells over a billion Christmas stamps every year. We know for sure people are still sending holiday cards!

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