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Songbirds in Snow

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue August 4, 2016
Year 2016
Quantity 150,000,000
Denomination
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.47
Perforation or Dimension 1.19 x 0.91 in.⁄30.23 x 23.11 mm
Series Songbirds in Snow
Series Time Span 2016
Issue Location Portland, OR 97208
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Double-sided Booklet of 20

Quantity Produced - 30,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.40
SKU: 681104
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
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag applied
Layout Number: “P” followed by four (4) single digits

Press Sheet With Die-cut

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $75.20
SKU: 681106

First-day Cover (set of 4)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $3.64
SKU: 681116

Digital Color Postmark (set of 4)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.48
SKU: 681121

Ceremony Program (random Single)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 681130

Framed Art (set of 4)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $40.00
SKU: 681124

Framed Art (golden-crowned Kinglet)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $10.00
SKU: 681125

Framed Art (northern Cardinal)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $10.00
SKU: 681126

Framed Art (Cedar Waxwing)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $10.00
SKU: 681127

Framed Art (red-breasted Nuthatch)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $10.00
SKU: 681128

Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (set of 4)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $15.95
SKU: 681110

About Stamp Series

On August 4, 2016, in Portland, OR, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Songbirds in Snow stamps (Forever® priced at 47 cents) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) double-sided booklet of 20 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide August 4, 2016.

The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates four songbirds that brighten cold winter days. The Songbirds in Snow stamps each features one of four birds: the golden-crowned kinglet, the cedar waxwing, the northern cardinal, and the red-breasted nuthatch. Illustrator Robert Giusti painted the original designs in acrylic on canvas board, depicting each bird perched on a snow-covered branch. He and the art director chose these four birds for their color, attractiveness, and adaptability to the small format of a postage stamp.

The cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) gets its name from its favorite winter food, cedar berries, and the red, waxy tips of some of its wing feathers. One of the few North American birds that thrives on a diet of mostly fruits, the cedar waxwing also consumes the winter fruits of juniper, mistletoe, and crabapple.

A spot of bright red against the white of a snowy tree branch signals the presence of a northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), one of winter’s most colorful and beautiful birds. Cardinals usually appear in pairs but can gather in small flocks during the winter to forage for food.

The red-breasted nuthatch (Sitta canadensis), with its distinctive call like a tiny toy horn, prepares well for the season by caching conifer seeds, its preferred winter food. Stashed in cracks and openings in tree bark, the seeds are collected by the bird as it walks headfirst down the trunk.

Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps using original illustrations by Robert Giusti.

Colors

Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Creators

Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Artist: Robert Giusti, Bridgewater, CT.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22446. Copyright: USPS.

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