|Date of Issue||February 14, 2014|
First-Class Mail Forever
|Perforation or Dimension||0.91 x 1.19 in./23.11 x 30.22 mm|
|Series Time Span||2014|
|Issue Location||Little Rock, AR 72202 (APS AmeriStamp Expo 2014) (Field Event)|
|Postal Administration||United States|
A native of South America, the amaryllis (Hippeastrum) produces 2-to-3-foot stalks topped by large single or double trumpet-shaped flowers in colors that include red, salmon, orange, pink, rose and white. There also are varieties that are striped or multicolored, usually combining white with shades of pink or red. The amaryllis is a dramatic potted plant and can be “forced” — a process that mimics the plant’s natural growth cycle indoors causing it to bloom in winter rather than in spring when planted outside.
On February 14, 2014, in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the American Philatelic Society AmeriStamp Expo 2014, Statehouse Convention Center, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue Winter Flowers First-Class Mail® stamps (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in four designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide February 14, 2014.
These self-adhesive stamps are being issued in books of 20.
With the Winter Flowers Stamps, the U.S. Postal Service continues its tradition of issuing stamps that present beautiful, floral-themed art.
Each of these four stamps depicts a close-up view of one plant—(clockwise from upper left) amaryllis, cyclamen, Christmas cactus, or paperwhite—with detailed and colorful renderings of its blossom and foliage.
These winter-blooming flowers are popular potted plants, especially during the holidays when people enjoy them as gifts or as festive decorations. Just as these flowers brighten our dark winter days, these stamps will add a decorative and cheerful note to all your correspondence.
Art director Ethel Kessler designed the Winter Flowers stamps, which feature art by William Low.
The Winter Flowers stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps in books of 20. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.