Global Forever: Evergreen Wreath Stamp

October 24, 2013 @USPS

Evergreen wreath global Forever stamp


Customers may purchase the $1.10 stamps in sheets of 10 at, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) at Post Offices nationwide and on eBay at

To distinguish this stamp from other Forever stamps, the shape of the international stamp is round and bears the words “Global Forever.”

Art director William J. Gicker of Washington, DC, designed the stamp. George E. Brown of Alexandria, VA, photographed the wreath, created by Alan Talley of Washington, DC.

Wreaths have an ancient history, though their exact origins are uncertain. Evidence points to the use of wreaths by pre-Christian Germanic people in Northern Europe in the fourth century. Decorated with lighted candles, their wreaths symbolized the hope that spring would come after the dark days of winter. By the 16th century, Christians in Germany used lighted wreaths during Advent, the season leading up to celebration of the Nativity of Christ. From Germany, the use of the Advent wreath spread rapidly to other areas of the Christian world.

The word “wreath” comes from the Middle English word “wrethe,” which means something twisted into a circular form. The circle symbolizes immortality, while the evergreens that traditionally make up the circle represent the continuance of life through the dark months. For Christians, the green circle of the wreath symbolizes the eternity of God and belief in eternal life through Christ.

Evergreens are still a popular component of many holiday wreaths. However, wreaths now come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. Made from plants like eucalyptus, laurel, pine boughs, and mistletoe, or from material like glass, wood, paper, and wire, wreaths can be shaped into stars, circles, squares, ovals — almost any shape is possible.

Decorations are limited only by the imagination. Some wreaths, like those that decorate the doorways of Colonial Williamsburg during the holidays, are festooned with dried flowers, okra pods, cotton bolls, and other natural material. Other wreaths have their stylistic origins in the work of 15th-century Florentine sculptor Lucca della Robbia. The della Robia wreaths are decorated with fresh fruit and flowers. Whether decorated with holly berries, ribbons, bows, small gift packages, pinecones, glass ornaments, teddy bears, or model cars, wreaths accommodate almost any style or interest.

Hung on doors or in windows during the holidays, wreaths symbolize the festive spirit that dwells within.

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First-day-of-issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at local Post Offices, at The Postal Store website at, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in larger envelopes addressed to:

Global Forever: Evergreen Wreath Stamp
380 W 33rd Street, Rm. 4032
New York, NY 10199-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, the price is 5 cents each. All orders must be postmarked by Dec. 23, 2013.

First-day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Related Products

Eight philatelic products are available for this stamp issue:

  1. 587006, Press Sheets with Die Cuts, $66 (print quantity of 2,500).
  2. 587008, Press Sheets without Die cuts, $66 (print quantity of 2,500).
  3. 587010, Keepsake (Pane & Digital Color Postmark Set), $13.95.
  4. 587016, First-Day Cover, $1.54.
  5. 587021, Digital Color Postmark, $2.25.
  6. 587030, Ceremony Program, $6.95.
  7. 587031, Stamp Deck Card, 95-cents.
  8. 587032, Stamp Deck Card with Digital Color Postmark, $2.60.

For a great selection of stamps and related collectible products, please visit the official Postal Service Store on eBay at


The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the winter holidays by issuing the first international Global Holiday stamp — the Global Forever: Evergreen Wreath stamp. The dedication took place Oct. 24 at the James A. Farley Main Post Office in New York City.


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