Jack-O’-Lantern Stamps Debut September 29 in Anoka, Minnesota

Jack-O’-Lantern Stamps
Jack-O’-Lantern Stamps.

The U.S. Postal Service will issued its first-ever official Halloween stamps  in appropriate holiday style September 29 in Anoka, Minnesota and nationwide. The northern suburb of the Twin Cities has celebrated Halloween as a community since before 1920, and in 1937 became the self-proclaimed “Halloween Capital of the World.” The town supports major decorating contests, a Pumpkin Bowl football game, a charity Orange Tie Ball, and a large parade.

The first-day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Anoka City Hall, River Plaza, 2015 First Ave North, Anoka, Minnesota. The event is free and open to the public.

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Nativity Stamp November 3 Nationwide

Nativity forever stamp
Nativity forever stamp

The United States Nativity forever stamp will be issued November 3 nationwide. The first-day-of-issue ceremony is at 12:15 p.m. at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

The stamp art depicts a peaceful yet powerful image of the Holy Family silhouetted against the dawn sky. The baby Jesus lies in a straw-filled manger in the center of the picture with Mary kneeling to the right and Joseph standing to the left holding a lantern with a bright star over the scene. Illustrator Nancy Stahl worked under the art direction of Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, Virginia, to create the stamp image.

New Hanukkah Stamp Debuts Nov. 1

Hanukkah forever stamp
Hanukkah forever stamp

The United States Hanukkah forever stamp will be issued nationwide November 1. The first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, 333 S.W. Fourth Ave., Boca Raton, Florida.

The new Hanukkah stamp features a warm, elegant illustration of a holiday menorah in the window of a home. Artist William Low added visual interest to the scene by highlighting the contrast between the hot candle flames and the cool snow, the vertical candles and the horizontal window frame, and the dark menorah with brightly lit candles. Ethel Kessler was the art director.

New Madonna and Child Stamp Oct. 18

United States Florentine Madonna and Child forever stamp.
United States Florentine Madonna and Child forever stamp.

The United States Florentine Madonna and Child forever stamp will be issued October 18 nationwide. The first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place at noon at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C. (across from Union Station).

This Christmas stamp features a detail of Madonna and Child, a 15th-century tempra-on-panel painting in the Widener Collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The painting is dated to circa 1470, and its anonymous artist is known only as “a Follower of Fra Filippo Lippi and Pesellino.” William Gicker of Washington, D.C., was the art director for the stamp.

2017 U.S. Stamps Announced

[USPS press release]

What do Love, skywriting, Year of the Rooster, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture all have in common? They are among the subjects of the U.S. Postal Service’s 2017 Stamp program announced today.

For more than 130 years, the Postal Service stamp program has celebrated the people, events and cultural milestones that are unique to United States history. The 2017 stamp subjects are in keeping with this rich tradition.

“The Postal Service is thrilled to provide this sneak preview of a few subjects of our 2017 program as we continue offering exciting new topics on stamps that will have wide appeal to stamp enthusiasts in America and abroad,” said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Executive Director Mary-Anne Penner. “Stamps are miniature works of art that tell America’s story; this is only the beginning as we will announce more subjects going forward.”

Here’s a glimpse of the 2017 stamp program [click images to see more]: