In mid-December. the Postal Service™ will issue a Kwanzaa (Forever® priced at 46 cents) First-Class mail® stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 585000).
The stamp will go on sale nationwide on November 26, 2013, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This new stamp design from the U.S. Postal Service® celebrates the annual non-religious holiday of Kwanzaa, which takes place over seven days from December 26 to January 1. Kwanzaa derives its name from the phrase “first fruits” in Swahili, a widely spoken African language. Created in 1966, the holiday honors African-American family, community, and culture. The stamp art features a stylized depiction of a man, woman, and child dressed in traditional, African-inspired clothing joined together in a unifying embrace. The seven candles, known as the mishumaa saba, are a centerpiece of the Kwanzaa table. An open book symbolizes the holiday’s emphasis on knowledge and cultural history. The bold colors in the stamp art represent the colors of the Kwanzaa flag – green for growth, red for blood, and black for the African people. Artist R. Gregory Christie worked with art director Antonio Alcalá, who designed the stamp.
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Press Sheet without Die cuts, (print quantity of 1,000)
Keepsake (Pane and Digital Color Postmark Set)
Digital Color Postmark
Stamp Deck Card
Stamp Deck Card with Digital Color Postmark
For information on the technical details of the 2013 Kwanzaa stamp, please go to the Postal Bulletin related to the timeframe the stamp was issued.
On November 19, 2013, in New York, New York, the Postal Service™ will issue a Hanukkah (Forever® priced at 46 cents) First-Class mail® stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 583000).
The stamp will go on sale nationwide November 19, 2013.
Celebrated by Jews around the world, Hanukkah, the joyous Festival of Lights, spans eight nights and days of remembrance and ritual. In 2013, Hanukkah begins at sundown on November 27. The stamp art is a photograph of a contemporary forged-iron menorah created by Vermont blacksmith, Steven Bronstein. Nine lighted white beeswax candles top each of the branches. “Hanukkah” (the Hebrew word for “dedication”) is spelled out across the top of the stamp in yellow letters. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp and George E. Brown was the photogapher.