Keep Your Contemporary Christmas Collection Up-to-Date
Introduced in 1962, the Contemporary Christmas Series is one of the USPS’s longest-running stamp series, with new additions being added every year. With this convenient collection, you can get all 249 Contemporary Christmas stamps issued between 1962 and 2018 in one easy order.
America’s First Christmas Stamp
America’s first Christmas stamp, US #1205, was issued on November 1, 1962, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The stamp had come after the Post Office had received 1,000 letters every year (for several years) asking for a Christmas-themed stamp to frank their holiday mail.
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 over 860 million by the end of the year.
A Holiday Tradition That Continues Today
The popularity of that first Christmas stamp led the Post Office to continue to release new issues every year. The Contemporary Christmas Series would go onto feature images and topics relating to our modern Christmas celebrations. These include Christmas trees, Santa, holiday decorations, toys, Christmas cookies, snowmen, reindeer, wreaths, and lots more. A separate series featuring religious images, Traditional Christmas, was launched in 1966.
Over the years, the Contemporary Christmas series has included several interesting firsts, including the first US se-tenant (#1254-57), the first self-adhesive (#1552), and the first self-adhesive coil stamps with a plate number (#2799-2802).
Get an instant Contemporary Christmas Collection, complete through 2018, in one convenient order. You’ll save time and money and enjoy hours of holiday-themed stamp fun.