34¢ Santa with Red Hat
Issue Date: October 10, 2001
City: Santa Claus, IN
Printed by: American Packaging Corporation for Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 10 ¾ x 11
The Santa Claus se-tenant stamps portray the familiar holiday character in chromolithographs that date from the 1880s to 1920. The designs were also featured on booklet stamps (U.S. #3541-44).
Our modern Santa Claus has his roots in ancient European customs of giving gifts on a special day in winter. Saint Nicholas, a fourth-century bishop, became the Christian figure associated with holiday gift-giving. The Dutch brought their version of St. Nicholas to America, calling him “Sinterklaas.” English settlers adopted him, pronouncing his name “Santa Claus.”