Are You Missing the FIRST Contemporary Christmas Stamps?
If so, this is your chance to own America’s very first Christmas stamp. Plus, you’ll get the other Contemporary Christmas stamps issued in the 1960s, which includes another important first – the first US se-tenant!
Do you know the story behind U.S. Christmas stamps?
By the early 1960s, the US Post Office was receiving 1,000 letters a year asking for a Christmas-themed stamp to frank their holiday mail. The Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee supported the idea and recommended a Christmas stamp, which was officially announced in May 1962.
America’s first Christmas stamp was then issued on November 1, 1962, at a special ceremony in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the dedication ceremony, Postmaster General Day said this stamp would be the first in a new series of Christmas stamps. The Post Office 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 one billion by the end of the year.
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.
True to the postmaster general’s word, this was the first stamp in an annual series that continues to this day. The series is now known as Contemporary Christmas, with images and topics relating to our modern Christmas celebrations. These whimsical stamps stir up the nostalgia of holidays past, and will make great additions to your collection. Send for yours now.
Includes US # 1205, 1240, 1254-57, 1276, and 1384