USPS Holiday Stamps Make Shipping, Shopping Simple in 2010
2010-11-12 · By Barbara Holbrook
The U.S. Postal Service is getting into the holiday spirit with holiday stamps, cards, packing materials, collectible gifts and more. Post offices from Anchorage to Ashtabula and Honolulu to Houston are showing signs of the season. Building on the wildly successful advertising campaign, A Simpler Way to Ship, touting flat-rate shipping, the Postal Service offers its customers A Simpler Way to Holiday this season.
“We know our customers want more time with their friends and families during the holidays and less time shipping gifts,” said Tim Healy, vice president, Retail Products and Services. “We are highlighting the products and services that make holidays less stressful, less hectic — and yes, simpler — for our customers.”
To kick off the holiday season, the U.S. Postal Service issued four, new forever stamps for the 2010 holiday season as well as a single stamp featuring a musical angel.
“With these wonderful new stamps in hand, you will be ready for the upcoming holidays — and we’ll be ready to deliver your messages of peace and joy across America,” said Maura Robinson, Postal Service vice president, Pricing. “Both the new Holiday Evergreens Forever stamps and the Angel with Lute commemorative issue will be available nationwide.”
USPS Holiday Evergreens Forever Stamps
Decorating with evergreens during the winter holiday season is a popular and appealing tradition. These beautiful new stamps feature close-up views of the foliage and cones of four different conifers: ponderosa pine, eastern red cedar, blue spruce and balsam fir.
The artist, the late Ned Seidler, was a gifted painter of nature subjects. When painting flora, he frequently used cuttings from plants and trees in his own yard as reference.
USPS Angel with Lute Single Stamp
For the holiday season, angels represent peace on earth. This stamp features an angel playing a lute, an image from a fresco painted around the year 1480 by Italian Renaissance artist, Melozzo da Forli, for the apse of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Rome. It radiates serenity and dignity, along with compassion, while the lute points to harmony and song.
Also, available now at Post Offices are 44-cent Madonna and Child, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Eid stamps this holiday season.
Holiday Shipping & Shopping With USPS
Along with festive seasonal signage promoting flat-rate shipping, free package pickup and the new holiday Evergreens Forever stamps, select post offices and usps.com/shop are carrying a wide variety of products perfect for holiday gift giving, gift wrapping and gift sending, including:
- Holiday greeting cards — sold individually or in packs of 5 and 20.
- Evergreens note cards — set includes eight blank cards, envelopes and eight Evergreens Forever stamps.
- ReadyPost holiday mailing boxes and bubble mailers — great for shipping or wrapping.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — DVD of the classic holiday special. Share the magic of this family tradition. Customers who purchase the DVD and postage for the Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box at the same time will save $2 off the DVD price.
- Let it Snow — CD features 11 holiday classics from well-known artists including Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles. Customers who purchase the CD and postage for the Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box at the same time will save $2 off the CD price.
- 2010 Stamp Yearbook — 64-page, hardcover book includes colorful stamp images, illustrations and photographs, plus 65 collectible stamps.
- The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps, 37th Edition — fully illustrated, four-color guide provides comprehensive information about every U.S. stamp issued from 1847 to 2010.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.