Happy Birthday Stamps

Happy Birthday Stamps

Forever 58¢

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Issue Date: 9/9/2021

This Happy Birthday stamp conveys exuberant greetings by calling to mind the childhood excitement of a birthday party.

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  • This Happy Birthday stamp conveys exuberant greetings by calling to mind the childhood excitement of a birthday party.

    In the digital illustration featured on the stamp, the word “HAPPY” appears most prominently in all capital letters, with each of the five letters inspired by a different party decoration: a red and green piñata, an orange and yellow striped birthday hat, a red piece of frosted cake, a green birthday candle, and an orange balloon sculpture. The word “BIRTHDAY” appears below it in blue, with “Forever” and “USA” centered in smaller red lettering at the bottom. Surrounding all of the design elements is a flurry of multicolored ribbons and confetti.

    The celebration of birthdays in the United States has its origins in a wide array of cultural traditions. Some ancient civilizations observed the birthdays of prominent figures or celebrated rites of passage, and well-wishes and gifts have long been associated with bringing about good fortune. Folklorists and historians claim to see the origins of birthday parties in older practices that resemble our customs, such as candles on a cake, which existed in some form in both ancient Greece and early modern Germany. When we gather to sing, brighten our spirits with candles, and make a wish, these deeply rooted rituals connect us to loved ones and invite everyone to share in the birthday fun.

    This stamp was designed by Lisa Catalone Castro and Rodolfo Castro, with artwork by Rodolfo Castro. Ethel Kessler served as art director.

    The Happy Birthday stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp is always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

    Made in the USA

    SKUs featured on this page: 577704

  • Issue:Happy Birthday Stamp
    Item Number:577700
    Denomination &First-Class Mail Forever
    Type of Issue:
    Format:Pane of 20 (1 design)
    Series:N/A
    Issue Date & City:September 9, 2021, Toast, NC 27049
    Art Director:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Designer:Lisa Catalone Castro, Bethesda, MD
    Designer:Rodolfo Castro, Bethesda, MD
    Illustrator:Rodolfo Castro, Bethesda, MD
    Modeler:Joseph Sheeran
    Manufacturing Process:Offset, Microprint
    Printer:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
    Press Type:Muller A76
    Stamps per Pane:20
    Print Quantity:50,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Colors:Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
    Stamp Orientation:Horizontal
    Image Area (w x h):1.05 x 0.77 in. / 26.67 x 19.558 mm
    Overall Size (w x h):1.19 x 0.91 in. / 30.226 x 23.114 mm
    Full Pane Size (w x h):5.76 x 5.55 in. / 146.304 x 140.97 mm
    Plate Size:320 stamps per revolution
    Plate Number:“P” followed by four (4) single digits in four corners
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:Plate number in four corners
    Back:©2020 USPS • USPS logo • Two barcodes (577700) • Plate position diagram (8) • Promotional text

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