Holiday Elves Stamps

Holiday Elves Stamps

Forever 60¢ | Multiple Stamp Designs

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Issue Date: 9/15/2022

Whimsical elves bring smiles to the holidays with four new se tenant stamps from the U.S. Postal Service.

The stamp art features an original digital illustration of four elves preparing treats and toys for holiday gift giving.

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  • Whimsical elves bring smiles to the holidays with four new se tenant stamps from the U.S. Postal Service.

    The stamp art features an original digital illustration of four elves preparing treats and toys for holiday gift giving. The artist first sketched his design and then created the final illustration digitally. Working with a simple color palette of red, white, and shades of green and brown, he evokes the holiday spirit in the playful, happy scene.

    Like many beloved yet relatively modern holiday traditions—including Santa Claus himself—elves did not become a well-established part of the holidays in the United States until the 19th century.

    Published in 1823, the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas”—better known as “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”—refers to Santa as “a jolly old elf,” but there is no mention of other elves. Louisa May Alcott might have been the first to mention Santa’s helpers, in an unpublished story collection called Christmas Elves in 1855, but few details of the lost work are known. In 1857, Harper’s Weekly published the poem “The Wonders of Santa Claus” that specifically referred to elves helping Santa create all the gifts he delivers to good children during the holidays. The 1873 Christmas issue of Godey’s Lady’s Book, a popular magazine, pictured Santa Claus, surrounded by elves and toys, preparing for the big day.

    In the 20th century, Norman Rockwell, Haddon Sundblom, and other artists featured elves in some of their popular seasonal illustrations. Holiday Elves were pictured as tiny, pointy-eared, jolly creatures, usually dressed in stocking caps and festive outfits and always busy with chores for Santa—just as we envision them today.

    Don Clark was the stamp designer and artist. Antonio Alcalá was the art director.

    The Holiday Elves 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: 683904

  • Issue:Holiday Elves Stamps
    Item Number:683900
    Denomination &First-Class Mail Forever
    Type of Issue:
    Format:Double-sided Booklet of 20 (4 designs)
    Issue Date & City:September 15, 2022, North Pole, AK 99705
    Art Director:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
    Designer:Don Clark, Maple Valley, WA
    Artist:Don Clark, Maple Valley, WA
    Modeler:Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn
    Manufacturing Process:Offset
    Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
    Press Type:Alprinta 74
    Stamps per Booklet:20
    Print Quantity:600,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block Tagged
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Stamp Orientation:Vertical
    Image Area (w x h):0.77 x 1.05 in./19.558 x 26.67 mm
    Stamp Size (w x h):0.91 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:Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Pantone 5483
    Plate Size:800 stamps per revolution
    Plate Number:“B” followed by five (5) single digits
    Marginal Markings:Header: Holiday Elves, 20 First-Class Forever Stamps • USPS Logo • ©2022 USPS • Barcode • Plate number in peel strip area • Promotional text in peel strip area

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