Otters in Snow Stamps

Otters in Snow Stamps

Forever 58¢ | Multiple Stamp Designs

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Issue Date: 10/12/2021

Otters in Snow, a new booklet of 20 stamps from the U.S. Postal Service, features four different scenes of the alert and playful North American river otter reveling in winter's white landscape.

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  • Otters in Snow, a new booklet of 20 stamps from the U.S. Postal Service, features four different scenes of the alert and playful North American river otter reveling in winter's white landscape.

    With original illustrations rendered in pen and ink with watercolor, the stamps are arranged in blocks of four. From upper left and moving clockwise, they depict an otter poking its head—seen in three-quarters profile—from the surface of an icy body of water; an otter sliding on its back, tail first, down a snowbank; an otter chest-deep in a snow drift, facing the viewer; and another otter sliding down a snowbank. In the stationary poses, snow clings to the otters’ fur. In the views showing motion, small snowballs race the otters downhill.

    A denizen of riparian areas throughout most of the United States and Canada, this elegantly long and sleek mammal (Lontra canadensis) is designed for life in and around the water. Besides webbed feet, it has a muscular tail, about 40 percent of its entire body length, that powers it in swimming and diving. Otters may look a bit awkward when walking, but they are nothing but graceful as they twist and loop through the water, slide down snowbanks, or frolic in the fluffy white stuff. When they glide across ice to get to an opening and dive into the water below, it is because they depend on river creatures for their winter diet. We may shiver at the thought, but their dense double-layered coats insulate them against the winter cold and keep them from freezing.

    Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps with artwork from illustrator John Burgoyne. The Otters in Snow stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.

    Made in the USA.

    SKUs featured on this page: 683504

  • Issue:Otters in Snow Stamps
    Item Number:683500
    Denomination &First-Class Mail Forever
    Type of Issue:
    Format:Double-sided Booklet of 20 (4 designs)
    Series:N/A
    Issue Date & City:October 12, 2021, Otter, MT 59062
    Art Director:Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
    Designer:Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
    Illustrator:John Burgoyne, West Barnstable, MA
    Modeler:Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
    Manufacturing Process:Offset
    Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
    Press Type:Alprinta 74
    Stamps per Booklet:20
    Print Quantity:300,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block Tag
    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 4261
    Plate Size:800 stamps per revolution
    Plate Number:“B” followed by five (5) single digits
    Marginal Markings:Header: OTTERS in SNOW • Twenty First-Class Forever Stamps • USPS logo • Barcode • Plate number in peel strip area • ©2021 USPS in peel strip area • Promotional text in peel strip area

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