#1205 – 1962 4c Christmas Wreath and Candles

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U.S. #1205
1962 4¢ Wreathes and Candles
Contemporary Christmas
 
Issue Date: November 1, 1962
City: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Quantity: 861,970,000
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Giori Press
Perforations:  11
Color: Green and red
 
U.S. #1205 was the first U.S. stamp specifically celebrating Christmas. A Christmas theme had been requested for years. At the dedication ceremony, Postmaster General J. Edward Day announced it would be the first of a series of stamps to commemorate the holiday.
 
The Post Office Department expected strong demand, and printed 350 million stamps – the most ever at the time for a special issue. But demand was far greater than they anticipated, and by the end of 1962, over 800 million stamps had been printed and distributed.
 
The issuing of a stamp honoring a religious holiday drew controversy, as some people felt it was a conflict involving separation of church and state. There were some legal actions taken to block the release of the stamp, but they all failed.
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U.S. #1205
1962 4¢ Wreathes and Candles
Contemporary Christmas
 
Issue Date: November 1, 1962
City: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Quantity: 861,970,000
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Giori Press
Perforations:  11
Color: Green and red
 
U.S. #1205 was the first U.S. stamp specifically celebrating Christmas. A Christmas theme had been requested for years. At the dedication ceremony, Postmaster General J. Edward Day announced it would be the first of a series of stamps to commemorate the holiday.
 
The Post Office Department expected strong demand, and printed 350 million stamps – the most ever at the time for a special issue. But demand was far greater than they anticipated, and by the end of 1962, over 800 million stamps had been printed and distributed.
 
The issuing of a stamp honoring a religious holiday drew controversy, as some people felt it was a conflict involving separation of church and state. There were some legal actions taken to block the release of the stamp, but they all failed.