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Name Value
Date of Issue August 21, 2014
Year 2014
Quantity 160,000,000
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.49
Perforation or Dimension 0.91 x 1.19 in./23.11 x 30.22 mm
Issue Location Hartford, CT 06101
Postal Administration United States

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Double-sided Booklet of 20 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 8,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.80
SKU: 688600
Dimension: 5.74 x 2.38 in./145.80 x 60.45 mm
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America/SSP
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Printing Process: Offset/Microprint “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive adhesive
Paper: Phosphor Tagged, Overall
Layout Number: “S” followed by four (4) single digits
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Original Purchase Price: $0.93
SKU: 688617
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About Stamp

On August 21, 2014, in Hartford, CT, the U.S. Postal Service® will reissue the Poinsettia (Forever® priced at 49 cents) First-Class Mail® stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide August 21, 2014.

The U.S. Postal Service® continues its tradition of issuing classic holiday stamps with this bright and cheerful rendering of America's favorite holiday flower, the poinsettia.

The stamp art depicts the rich red and vibrant green leaves surrounding the flower—the cluster of small, rather modest cup-shaped structures in the center. The red “petals” that we think of as the flower are actually modified leaves called bracts. A potted poinsettia was used as art reference.

While considered by the ancient Aztecs to be a symbol of purity, the poinsettia today symbolizes good cheer. The gift of a poinsettia is said to bring with it wishes of laughter and celebration.

Found on everything from wrapping paper to holiday jewelry, the poinsettia says “Christmas” more than any other flower. The stamp art's vibrant red—America's favorite poinsettia color—adds a decorative and celebratory note to cards and letters during the holidays.

William Low painted the stamp art. Ethel Kessler was the art director.

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


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Art Director: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Designer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Typographer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Artist: William Low, Huntington, NY.
Modeler: Donald Woo.

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