2019 55¢ Holiday Wreaths – Aspidistra Wreath
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: October 25, 2019
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Type of Stamp: Definitive
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Double-sided Booklet of 20
Quantity Printed: 350,000,000
There are many different species of evergreen in the world. Some of the most well-known are pine, fir, yew, and holly. These four are the most commonly used for decorations during the holiday season. Whether for Christmas trees, garland, or wreaths, their long-lasting color brightens up any room and creates feelings of holiday cheer.
In 2019, the United States Postal Service issued four new seasonal stamps featuring holiday wreaths. Each design showcases a different style. One wreath was made from the leaves of the evergreen plant of the genus Aspidistra. While not traditionally associated with the holiday season, the striking dark green leaves of the plant create a unique wreath anyone would be proud to hang on their door. The floral artist who created the wreath was Laura Dowling. To achieve the look, she took Apidistra leaves and gently folded and tucked them into one another to resemble ribbons. The end result may only be a single color, but it is no less impressive than a glamorous multi-colored version.
Other holidays have decorations that fade by the end of the season, but this is not the case for winter decorations. Thanks to the use of evergreen plants, everyone's favorite front door wreaths stay beautiful all the way to spring.