2020 First-Class Forever Stamp,Our Lady of Guapulo

# 5525 - 2020 First-Class Forever Stamp - Our Lady of Guapulo

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US #5525
2020 Our Lady of Guapulo – Traditional Christmas Series

• Pictures an 18th-century painting from Cuzco, Peru, of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child
• Continues the popular Traditional Christmas Series

Stamp Category:  Commemorative
Series:  Traditional Christmas
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  October 20, 2020
First Day City:  New York, New York
Quantity Issued:  200,000,000
Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method:  Offset, Microprint
Format:  Double-Sided Booklets of 20
Tagging:  Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block Tag

Why the stamp was issued:  To commemorate the painting titled Our Lady of Guápulo and its traditional Christmas themes.

About the stamp design:  Pictures Our Lady of Guápulo, a painting by an unknown 18th century artist from Cuzco, Peru. The painting is now in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It pictured the Virgin Mary and Christ Child, both wearing crowns and adorned with jewels and regal robes.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held virtually due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The First Day of Issue Cancellation is from New York City, home of The Metropolitan Museum of Art where the original painting is housed.

About the Traditional Christmas Series:  In 1966, the Post Office issued its first Madonna and Child stamp, a 15th century painting by Flemish painter Hans Memling. The stamp was very popular and over 1.1 billion were printed. This led the Post Office to issue another traditional Christmas stamp in 1968, this time picturing the Angel Gabriel. In 1969, they went back to more contemporary holiday subjects before finally deciding in 1970 to issue one Traditional Christmas stamp and one Contemporary Christmas stamp. Their decision proved popular and they’ve continued to issue both Traditional and Contemporary Christmas stamps ever since.

History the stamp represents:  Guápulo is a city in Ecuador where, on December 30, 1696, it is said a miracle took place. That miracle was performed by the Virgin Mary (called the “Lady of the Cloud” by certain communities in Ecuador and Peru). The event became an important part of Guápulo’s culture.

In 1696, Bishop Sancho de Andrade y Figueroa had fallen ill, and the people of Guápulo traveled to nearby Quito to see him. They brought an image of the Virgin Mary (taken from the church of Guápulo) with them. As they traveled, the people prayed. Suddenly, the sky opened up and all 500 people saw the Virgin Mary appear within the clouds.

Franciscan friars later founded a sanctuary near the site in Azogues. Each year, they celebrate “Fiesta de la Virgen de la Nube” or “Feast of the Virgin of the Cloud.” The tradition was taken up by nuns in Lima, Peru, and continued to spread across Peru and Ecuador. Since then, artists throughout history have honored the Lady of the Cloud in their works.

In 2020, the USPS featured a painting of Our Lady of Guápulo on a Forever stamp. The painting was completed by an unknown artist in 18th-century Cuzco, Peru. The figures are painted in elaborate royal garments, showing just how important the Virgin Mary is to the people of Peru and Ecuador.

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US #5525
2020 Our Lady of Guapulo – Traditional Christmas Series

• Pictures an 18th-century painting from Cuzco, Peru, of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child
• Continues the popular Traditional Christmas Series

Stamp Category:  Commemorative
Series:  Traditional Christmas
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  October 20, 2020
First Day City:  New York, New York
Quantity Issued:  200,000,000
Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method:  Offset, Microprint
Format:  Double-Sided Booklets of 20
Tagging:  Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block Tag

Why the stamp was issued:  To commemorate the painting titled Our Lady of Guápulo and its traditional Christmas themes.

About the stamp design:  Pictures Our Lady of Guápulo, a painting by an unknown 18th century artist from Cuzco, Peru. The painting is now in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It pictured the Virgin Mary and Christ Child, both wearing crowns and adorned with jewels and regal robes.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held virtually due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The First Day of Issue Cancellation is from New York City, home of The Metropolitan Museum of Art where the original painting is housed.

About the Traditional Christmas Series:  In 1966, the Post Office issued its first Madonna and Child stamp, a 15th century painting by Flemish painter Hans Memling. The stamp was very popular and over 1.1 billion were printed. This led the Post Office to issue another traditional Christmas stamp in 1968, this time picturing the Angel Gabriel. In 1969, they went back to more contemporary holiday subjects before finally deciding in 1970 to issue one Traditional Christmas stamp and one Contemporary Christmas stamp. Their decision proved popular and they’ve continued to issue both Traditional and Contemporary Christmas stamps ever since.

History the stamp represents:  Guápulo is a city in Ecuador where, on December 30, 1696, it is said a miracle took place. That miracle was performed by the Virgin Mary (called the “Lady of the Cloud” by certain communities in Ecuador and Peru). The event became an important part of Guápulo’s culture.

In 1696, Bishop Sancho de Andrade y Figueroa had fallen ill, and the people of Guápulo traveled to nearby Quito to see him. They brought an image of the Virgin Mary (taken from the church of Guápulo) with them. As they traveled, the people prayed. Suddenly, the sky opened up and all 500 people saw the Virgin Mary appear within the clouds.

Franciscan friars later founded a sanctuary near the site in Azogues. Each year, they celebrate “Fiesta de la Virgen de la Nube” or “Feast of the Virgin of the Cloud.” The tradition was taken up by nuns in Lima, Peru, and continued to spread across Peru and Ecuador. Since then, artists throughout history have honored the Lady of the Cloud in their works.

In 2020, the USPS featured a painting of Our Lady of Guápulo on a Forever stamp. The painting was completed by an unknown artist in 18th-century Cuzco, Peru. The figures are painted in elaborate royal garments, showing just how important the Virgin Mary is to the people of Peru and Ecuador.