This is a special 26-3/4 x 18-inch commemorative giclee print of 2008’s 41–cent Lunar New Year: Year of the Rat stamp.
On January 9, 2008, in San Francisco, California, the Postal Service issued a 41–cent, Celebrating Lunar New Year: Year of the Rat commemorative stamp, designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland.
In observance of the Lunar New Year holiday, the U.S. Postal Service® introduced a new series of Lunar New Year stamps beginning in 2008. The series will continue through 2019 with stamps issued consecutively to celebrate the Year of the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar.
Ethel Kessler worked on the new series with illustrator Kam Mak of Brooklyn, New York, and chose festive red lanterns that are common decoration at such celebrations where they are frequently hung in rows. Kessler also incorporated elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps designed by Clarence Lee of Honolulu, Hawaii, who created paper–cut designs for all of the twelve animals associated with the Chinese lunar calendar as well as the caligraphic Chinese characters drawn by Lau Bun, also of Honolulu.
Made in the USA.
SKUs featured on this page: 841871
26-3/4 in x 18 in Giclée
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