|Date of Issue||September 22, 2018|
First-Class Mail Forever
|Perforation or Dimension||.91 x 1.19 in./23.114 x 30.226 mm|
|Series||Birds in Winter|
|Series Time Span||2018|
|Issue Location||Quechee, VT 05059|
|Postal Administration||United States|
On September 22, 2018, in Quechee, VT, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Birds in Winter stamps (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive booklet of 20 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide September 22, 2018.
The Birds in Winter stamps celebrate four of winter‘s winged beauties:
The stamp art highlights the handsome plumage of resident birds often spotted throughout the year‘s coldest months. Evoking the drab feeling of winter with the stark white backgrounds, stamp artist Nadia Taylor hoped to create a vivid contrast with the bright flashes of color found in the digital rendering of each bird. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps.
The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates four of winter’s winged beauties with the Birds in Winter Forever® stamps: the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus), the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), the blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata), and the red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus).
The stamp art features four striking designs that highlight the handsome plumage of these resident birds. The vivid contrast with the bright flashes of color found in the digital rendering of each bird evokes the drab feeling of winter with the stark white backgrounds. A limited palette and simplified shapes give the art a bold, fresh look.
In the dead of winter, when trees have shed their leaves and snow has blanketed the ground, the lively sights and sounds of resident birds can be a welcome relief. For serious birders or casual nature lovers alike, spotting these beautiful creatures in backyards, parks, and forests is a treat during the year’s coldest months.
Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps with original artwork by Nadia Taylor.
The Birds in Winter stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps in booklets of 20. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.