1996 32c S.A. pane of 18 Skaters

# 3117a - 1996 32c S.A. pane of 18 Skaters

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US #3117a
1996 Holiday Skaters

  • Pane of 18
  • Made for vending from ATMs
  • Could be used throughout winter season

 

Stamp Category:  Commemorative, special
Set:  Contemporary Christmas
Value:   32¢, First-Class Mail rate
First Day of Issue:  October 8, 1996
First Day City:  North Pole, Alaska
Quantity Issued:  27,528,000
Printed by:  Avery Dennison
Printing Method:  Photogravure
Format:  Panes of 18 from printing cylinders of 30 panes
Perforations:  Die Cut

Why the stamp was issued:  The Skaters stamp was issued for use in automatic teller machines (ATMs).  The pane is the same size as a dollar bill.  The stamp was released in time for use on holiday mail but could be used throughout the winter.

About the stamp design:  The stamp is the work of commercial artist, Julia Talcott.  She cut colored paper to create the designs.  The images were then scanned into a computer and touched up.  Black lines were added to form outlines.
The design shows two sakers, a male in the foreground, and a female in the background.


Special design details:  [Tiny design details customer might miss if they don’t know about them, any special marks, changes from previous stamps with same design, mistakes/errors, etc.]

About the printing process:  [Go over the production process of the stamp, if known/interesting.  Go over the production process of the stamp, if known/interesting.  Go over the production process of the stamp, if known/interesting.  Go over the production process of the stamp, if known/interesting.  Go over the production process of the stamp, if known/interesting.]

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue ceremony took place at the local high school in North Pole, Alaska, a town of about 700 people located near Fairbanks.  A group of USPS officials flew there for the ceremony.  Ted Stevens, a US Senator from Alaska spoke at the program.  The Family Christmas Scenes stamps were dedicated at the same time.

About the Christmas Series: 
By the early 1960s, the US Post Office was receiving 1,000 letters a year (for several years) asking for a Christmas-themed stamp to frank their holiday mail.  The idea was approved and the US issued its first Christmas stamp on November 1, 1962.
The stamp was wildly popular, featuring popular holiday decorations of a wreath and candles.  The Post Office Department had expected there would be a great demand for the issue, so they printed 350 million stamps – the largest print run for a special stamp up to that time.  Those 350 million stamps sold out quickly, leading the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to produce more stamps – reaching over 860 million by the end of the year.
While the Christmas stamp was very popular, it wasn’t without its detractors.  Some didn’t agree with the idea of the post office issuing a stamp honoring a religious holiday.  Others wanted Christmas stamps that were more religious.  The Post Office would continue to issue Christmas stamps in the coming years that featured the National Christmas Tree, seasonal plants, and an angel in 1965. The angel was considered less controversial because angels are included in many religions, not just Christianity.
In 1966, the Post Office came up with a plan to produce Christmas stamps utilizing classic paintings of the Madonna and Child.  These stamps wouldn’t violate the separation of church and state because they were a celebration of culture.  On November 1, 1966, they issued the first US Madonna and Child stamp in Christmas, Michigan.  The stamp featured the 15th century painting, Madonna and Child with Angels, by Flemish painter Hans Memling.
That stamp was very popular and over 1.1 billion were printed.  The same design was used again the following year, however, the 1967 stamp was larger and showed more of the painting.  The stamp’s continued popularity led the Post Office to issue another traditional Christmas stamp in 1968, this time picturing the Angel Gabriel.   For the 1969 issue, they reverted back to the non-religious theme, with a stamp picturing a painting called Winter Sunday in Norway, Maine.
The Post Office made a big change in 1970.  To keep people in both camps happy, they issued one traditional Christmas stamp, picturing a classic painting of the Nativity, plus a block of four picturing Christmas toys.  That decision proved popular and they have continued to issue stamps with both traditional and contemporary Christmas themes ever since.

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US #3117a
1996 Holiday Skaters

  • Pane of 18
  • Made for vending from ATMs
  • Could be used throughout winter season

 

Stamp Category:  Commemorative, special
Set:  Contemporary Christmas
Value:   32¢, First-Class Mail rate
First Day of Issue:  October 8, 1996
First Day City:  North Pole, Alaska
Quantity Issued:  27,528,000
Printed by:  Avery Dennison
Printing Method:  Photogravure
Format:  Panes of 18 from printing cylinders of 30 panes
Perforations:  Die Cut

Why the stamp was issued:  The Skaters stamp was issued for use in automatic teller machines (ATMs).  The pane is the same size as a dollar bill.  The stamp was released in time for use on holiday mail but could be used throughout the winter.

About the stamp design:  The stamp is the work of commercial artist, Julia Talcott.  She cut colored paper to create the designs.  The images were then scanned into a computer and touched up.  Black lines were added to form outlines.
The design shows two sakers, a male in the foreground, and a female in the background.


Special design details:  [Tiny design details customer might miss if they don’t know about them, any special marks, changes from previous stamps with same design, mistakes/errors, etc.]

About the printing process:  [Go over the production process of the stamp, if known/interesting.  Go over the production process of the stamp, if known/interesting.  Go over the production process of the stamp, if known/interesting.  Go over the production process of the stamp, if known/interesting.  Go over the production process of the stamp, if known/interesting.]

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue ceremony took place at the local high school in North Pole, Alaska, a town of about 700 people located near Fairbanks.  A group of USPS officials flew there for the ceremony.  Ted Stevens, a US Senator from Alaska spoke at the program.  The Family Christmas Scenes stamps were dedicated at the same time.

About the Christmas Series: 
By the early 1960s, the US Post Office was receiving 1,000 letters a year (for several years) asking for a Christmas-themed stamp to frank their holiday mail.  The idea was approved and the US issued its first Christmas stamp on November 1, 1962.
The stamp was wildly popular, featuring popular holiday decorations of a wreath and candles.  The Post Office Department had expected there would be a great demand for the issue, so they printed 350 million stamps – the largest print run for a special stamp up to that time.  Those 350 million stamps sold out quickly, leading the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to produce more stamps – reaching over 860 million by the end of the year.
While the Christmas stamp was very popular, it wasn’t without its detractors.  Some didn’t agree with the idea of the post office issuing a stamp honoring a religious holiday.  Others wanted Christmas stamps that were more religious.  The Post Office would continue to issue Christmas stamps in the coming years that featured the National Christmas Tree, seasonal plants, and an angel in 1965. The angel was considered less controversial because angels are included in many religions, not just Christianity.
In 1966, the Post Office came up with a plan to produce Christmas stamps utilizing classic paintings of the Madonna and Child.  These stamps wouldn’t violate the separation of church and state because they were a celebration of culture.  On November 1, 1966, they issued the first US Madonna and Child stamp in Christmas, Michigan.  The stamp featured the 15th century painting, Madonna and Child with Angels, by Flemish painter Hans Memling.
That stamp was very popular and over 1.1 billion were printed.  The same design was used again the following year, however, the 1967 stamp was larger and showed more of the painting.  The stamp’s continued popularity led the Post Office to issue another traditional Christmas stamp in 1968, this time picturing the Angel Gabriel.   For the 1969 issue, they reverted back to the non-religious theme, with a stamp picturing a painting called Winter Sunday in Norway, Maine.
The Post Office made a big change in 1970.  To keep people in both camps happy, they issued one traditional Christmas stamp, picturing a classic painting of the Nativity, plus a block of four picturing Christmas toys.  That decision proved popular and they have continued to issue stamps with both traditional and contemporary Christmas themes ever since.