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Santa and Sleigh

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue October 13, 2012
Year 2012
Quantity 187,500,000
Denomination
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.45
Perforation or Dimension 1.19 x 0.91 in./30.23 x 23.11 mm
Series Santa and Sleigh
Series Time Span 2012
Issue Location New York, NY 10199 (Mega Stamp Show)
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Double-sided Booklet of 20 (4 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 37,500,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.00
SKU: 679800
Dimension: 2.38 x 5.76 in./60.45 x 146.30 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Offset, Microprint, “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored, Type III
Layout Number: “P” followed by four (4) single digits

Uncut Press Sheet (without Die Cut)

Quantity Produced - 5,000
Original Purchase Price: $90.00
SKU: 679884

Uncut Press Sheet (mini-sheet) Without Die Cut

Quantity Produced - 5,000
Original Purchase Price: $27.00
SKU: 679886

First-day Cover Set of 4

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $3.56
SKU: 679863

Digital Color Postmark Set of 4

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.40
SKU: 679868

Ceremony Program (random Single)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 679891

Letters to Santa Children’s Book

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $9.99
SKU: 679872

Letters to Santa Holiday Ornament

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $14.99
SKU: 891213

Cancellation Keepsake (dcp Set of 4 W/pane)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $15.95
SKU: 679899

About Stamp Series

On October 13, 2012, in New York, NY, at the Mega Stamp Show, the Postal Service™ will issue the Santa and Sleigh First-Class Mail® stamps (Forever® stamp, priced at 45 cents) in four designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide October 13, 2012.

These cheerful stamps portray Santa Claus flying through the air in his sleigh. With a cargo of toys and gifts produced in his workshop by elves, he lands on the rooftop of house after house and slides down the chimney to leave presents for girls and boys of all ages. That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it.

Santa’s annual journey is joyfully captured in this block of four holiday stamps, with two rows of two stamps each presenting a “classic” image of Santa and his reindeer circling around snow-covered rooftops.

Though his roots go much further back, the modern Santa Claus, the giver of gifts, captured the American imagination in the Revolutionary War era. At that time, understandably critical of English traditions, people looked to the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas for cultural cues and seasonal inspiration. Since then, Santa has become more popular, and is today beloved by millions of children who write him letters, track his progress on the Internet, and leave him milk and cookies as tokens of their esteem.

To their cards and letters and yours, these stamps will add a dash of holiday merriment. Double-check your mailing list so you don’t forget anyone nice!

Artist Paul Rogers worked with art director Howard Paine to create this block of four holiday stamps. These computer-generated images were originally drawn in pencil on paper.

The Santa and Sleigh stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Colors

Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Creators

Designer: Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA.
Typographer: Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA.
Art Director: Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA.
Artist: Paul Rogers, Pasadena, CA.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22345. Copyright: USPS.

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