1992 29¢ Locomotive
- Contemporary Christmas stamps for 1992
- Issued as sheets and booklets
- Pictures antique locomotive with coal car toy
Stamp Category: Commemorative
Value: 29¢, First Class Mail rate
First Day of Issue: October 22, 1992
First Day City: Kansas City, Missouri
Quantity Issued: 125,000,000 stamps
Printed by: Ashton-Potter America, Inc.
Printing Method: Offset lithography
Format: Panes of 50
Why the stamp was issued: This stamp is part of a set of four stamps that was the Contemporary Christmas issues in 1992.
About the stamp design: The stamp art was the work of Lou Nolan. He painted his designs of four antique toys on illustration board. The locomotive was based on an illustration from a book.
Nolan’s work can be seen on several stamps in the Transportation series and other US stamps.
Special design details: To prevent counterfeiting, Ashton-Potter printed the “29” and “USA” using a special green ink that contained metallic elements. If the stamps were photocopied, the colors would have separated. In addition, each stamp has a microscopic “© 1992” included on the bottom of the boiler, in front of the large wheel. A third security feature is a small patch of magenta dots between two spokes of the large wheel.
First Day City: The First Day of Issue ceremony for the Christmas Toys stamps took place at Hallmark Cards Corporate Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.
Unusual fact about this stamp: The locomotive stamp was adapted for stamps designed to be used in ATM machines.