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Name Value
Date of Issue November 26, 2013
Year 2013
Quantity 7,000,000
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.46
Perforation or Dimension 0.91 x 1.19 in./23.11 x 30.23 mm
Issue Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (no ceremony)
Postal Administration United States

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Pane of 20 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 350,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.20
SKU: 585000
Dimension: 5.55 x 5.76 in./140.97 x 146.30 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Offset/Microprint “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored, Type III
Layout Number: “P” followed by six (6) single digits
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About Stamp

On November 26, 2013, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (no ceremony), the Postal Service™ will issue a Kwanzaa (Forever® priced at 46 cents) First-Class mail® stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide on November 26, 2013.

With bright colors and a new stylized stamp design, the U.S. Postal Service continues its tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa. This annual non-religious holiday, which takes place over seven days from December 26 to January 1, brings family, community, and culture together for many African Americans.

The stamp art features a man, woman, and child dressed in traditional, African-inspired clothing joined together in a unifying embrace. Their intertwined arms form a circle around seven candles, known as the mishumaa saba — a centerpiece of the Kwanzaa table. An open book symbolizes the holiday’s emphasis on knowledge and cultural history. The design is cast in the holiday’s primary colors of red, black, and green.

Created in 1966 by activist and scholar Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa draws on African traditions, deriving its name from the phrase “first fruits” in Swahili, a widely spoken African language. It has its origins in first harvest celebrations that occurred across the African continent in ancient and modern times. Karenga sought to synthesize and reinvent these tribal traditions as a contemporary celebration of African-American culture.

Artist R. Gregory Christie worked with art director Antonio Alcalá, who designed the stamp.

This is the fifth stamp design issued by the U.S. Postal Service in celebration of Kwanzaa. The first Kwanzaa commemorative stamp was issued in 1997. New designs were also issued in 2004, 2009, and 2011.

Kwanzaa is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 7733 (Green C)


Designer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA.
Art Director: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA.
Typographer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA.
Artist: R. Gregory Christie, Brooklyn, NY.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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