CIRCUS SOUVENIR SHEET
On December 10, 2014, in Baraboo, WI, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue a Circus souvenir sheet, available as single mint souvenir sheets exclusively in the 2014 Stamp Yearbook.
The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the joy of the big top with Circus, an individual mint souvenir sheet available exclusively as a bonus in the 2014 Stamp Yearbook. The issuance features a $1 stamp showcasing an iconic vintage circus poster and two identical 50-cent circus wagon 1900s stamps illustrated by Susan Sanford, which are new versions of a design originally issued in 1990. Made by the Strobridge Lithographing Company, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey poster features a clown tipping his cap and gesturing toward the circus. The circus wagon stamps showcase an illustration of the type of decorated wagon that routinely rolled into cities across America more than a century ago. Art director Jennifer Arnold designed the Circus souvenir sheet with selvage colors of red and gold, often used in circus imagery. The shape of the selvage is reminiscent of an ornately decorated circus wagon.
Circus Souvenir Sheet, uncut press sheet, (print quantity 10,000)
Circus Souvenir Sheet FDC (full pane)
For information on the technical details of the 2014 Circus Souvenir Sheet, please go to the Postal Bulletin related to the timeframe the stamp was issued.
WINTER FUN ATM
On October 23, 2014, in New York, NY, the U.S. Postal Service® issued the Winter Fun ATM stamps, in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) automated teller machine (ATM) booklet of 18 stamps (Item 588600).
The stamp went on sale October 23, 2014.
With four playful designs, Winter Fun stamps celebrate some of the season’s most enjoyable activities: ice-skating, making snow angels, building snowmen, and bird-watching. The art for the ice skaters stamp was painted with acrylic on plywood with a dry brush technique to give the illustration a textured, folk-art feel. The art for the other three stamps were hand-sketched and then digitally manipulated. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps using existing illustrations by Janet Atkinson (ice-skating), Jing Jing Tsong (building snowmen and making snow angels), and Christine Roy (bird-watching).