The History of Holiday Postage Stamps

This week we are taking a look back in time to explore the history of the holiday themed postage stamps in America. The U.S. Post Office Department issued its first Christmas stamp in Pittsburg, PA on November 1, 1962. Postmaster General J.Edward Day announced at the stamp dedication ceremony that the stamp would be the first in a series of Christmas stamps. The red and green 4-cent stamps featured a wreath, two candles, and the words “Christmas 1962.” The initial printing of the stamp, 350 million, quickly sold out, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing worked round-the-clock to print more. By the end of 1962, 1 billion stamps had been printed and distributed.

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