The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates four of winter’s winged beauties with the Birds in Winter Forever® stamps: the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus), the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), the blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata), and the red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus).
The stamp art features four striking designs that highlight the handsome plumage of these resident birds. The vivid contrast with the bright flashes of color found in the digital rendering of each bird evokes the drab feeling of winter with the stark white backgrounds. A limited palette and simplified shapes give the art a bold, fresh look.
In the dead of winter, when trees have shed their leaves and snow has blanketed the ground, the lively sights and sounds of resident birds can be a welcome relief. For serious birders or casual nature lovers alike, spotting these beautiful creatures in backyards, parks, and forests is a treat during the year’s coldest months.
Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps with original artwork by Nadia Taylor.
The Birds in Winter stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps in booklets of 20. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
Made in the USA.
SKUs featured on this page: 681904
|Issue:||Birds in Winter Stamps|
|Denomination & Type of Issue:||First-Class Mail Forever|
|Format:||Double-Sided Booklet of 20 (4 designs)|
|Issue Date & City:||September 22, 2018, Quechee, VT 05059|
|Art Director:||Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA|
|Designer:||Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA|
|Typographer:||Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA|
|Artist:||Nadia Taylor, London|
|Modeler:||Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn|
|Printer:||Banknote Corporation of America|
|Press Type:||Alprinta 74|
|Stamps per Booklet:||20|
|Print Quantity:||400,000,000 stamps|
|Paper Type:||Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block Tag|
|Processed at:||Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC|
|Image Area (w x h):||.77 x 1.05 in./19.558 x 26.67 mm|
|Stamp Size (w x h):||.91 x 1.19 in./23.114 x 30.226 mm|
|Full Booklet Size (w x h):||5.743 x 2.375 in./145.872 x 60.325 mm|
|Colors:||Cool Gray 7, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black|
|Plate Size:||800 stamps per revolution|
|Plate Numbers:||“B” followed by five (5) single digits|
|Marginal Markings:||Header: “Birds in Winter Chickadee, Cardinal, Blue Jay, & Woodpecker” 20 First-Class Forever Stamps • USPS logo • Barcode • Plate number in peel strip area • ©2017 USPS in peel strip area • Promotional text in peel strip area|
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