|Date of Issue||October 1, 2013|
Presorted Standard (Non-denominated)
|Perforation or Dimension||0.98 x 0.87 in./24.89 x 22.09 mm|
|Series Time Span||2013|
|Issue Location||Weston, MO 64098 (No Ceremony)|
|Postal Administration||United States|
On October 1, 2013, in Weston, Missouri, the Postal Service™ will issue the Snowflakes presorted standard non-denominated stamp (priced @ 10 cents) in five designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 10,000 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide October 1, 2013.
Let it snow! This holiday season the U.S. Postal Service issues five festive snowflake stamps at the Presorted Standard rate for bulk mail users.
The five stamps each feature a photograph of a different snowflake. Although they are all the same type of snowflake — stellar dendrites, with six branching, treelike arms — each of the five looks entirely different. Each snowflake is set against a background of colors that fade from white at the bottom to icy blues and purples at the tops. Along the bottom of each stamp are the words “Presorted Standard.”
Even though photographer Kenneth Libbrecht works in cold conditions outdoors, he has to move quickly to capture the shape of fallen snowflakes before they melt. Using a paintbrush, he transfers the snowflakes from a cardboard collecting surface to a glass slide that is inserted into a high-resolution microscope. He snaps his photographs with a digital camera attached to the microscope.
Winter is long. Brighten it up by using the beautiful, ethereal Snowflakes stamps for the holidays and beyond.
William J. Gicker was the art director. Jennifer Arnold designed the stamps using existing photographs by Libbrecht.
The Snowflakes stamps are being issued at the Presorted Standard rate in self-adhesive coils of 10,000.