|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 favorite tradition at the holidays, the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) is a long-lived plant native to the jungles of South America. Easy to grow indoors, the plant, which is naturally winter-blooming, has flattened stems that bloom with flowers in yellow, salmon, pink, fuchsia and white or sometimes in combinations of those colors. Though it differs slightly in appearance, the Thanksgiving cactus is a member of the same botanical genus.
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.