20¢ Santa Claus
Issue Date: October 28, 1983
City: Santa Claus, IN
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Photogravure
Designed by John Berkley, this Christmas stamp shows a close-up view of that pudgy, jolly old elf with the twinkle in his eye – Santa Claus. However, this familiar concept of St. Nicholas is an American creation, first designed by cartoonist Thomas Nast. Previously, artists had depicted Santa Claus as a thin, serious-looking man who used one horse - instead of eight tiny reindeer - to travel on Christmas Eve.