Stamp Announcement 14-42: Winter Fun Stamps

Stamp Announcement 14-42: Winter Fun Stamp


On October 23, 2014, in New York, NY, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Winter Fun stamps (Forever® First-Class Mail® priced at 49-cents) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps (Item 689800).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide October 23, 2014.

With four playful designs, Winter Fun stamps celebrate some of the season’s most enjoyable activities: ice-skating, making snow angels, building snowmen, and bird-watching. The art for the ice skaters stamp was painted with acrylic on plywood with a dry brush technique to give the illustration a textured, folk-art feel. The art for the other three stamps was hand-sketched and then digitally manipulated. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps using existing illustrations by Janet Atkinson (ice-skating), Jing Jing Tsong (building snowmen and making snow angels), and Christine Roy (bird-watching).

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Initial Supply to Post Offices Item 689800, $9.80, Winter Fun First Class Mail (Forever priced at 49 cents) PSA Booklet of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic push distribution are available by logging on to SFS Web at Post Offices will be able to order these stamps prior to the FDOI through SFS Web. However, offices should first check the website noted above to determine the amount they will receive on their automatic push distribution.

How to Order the 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 their local Post Office, 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 a larger envelope addressed to:

Winter Fun
Special Events Coordinator
380 West 33rd Street, Room 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, customers have to pay five cents each. All orders must be postmarked by December 22, 2014.

How to Order 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

Philatelic Products

There are seven philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 689806, Press Sheet with Die cuts, $58.80
(print quantity 1,000).

n 689808, Press Sheet without Die cuts, $58.80
(print quantity 1,000).

n 689810*, Keepsake (Booklet and Digital Color Postmark, Set of 4), $16.95.

n 689816*, First-Day Cover, Set of 4, $3.72.

n 689821*, Digital Color Postmark, Set of 4, $6.56.

n 689830*, Ceremony Program (random stamp), $6.95.

n 689831*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.



Winter Fun Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Double-sided booklet of 20
(4 designs)


Holiday Celebrations

Issue Date & City:

October 23, 2014, New York,
NY 10199

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


CCL Label, Inc.

Manufacturing Process:





CCL Label, Inc.

Printed at:

Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Booklet:


Print Quantity:

400 Million Stamps

Paper Type:

UPM Raflatac

Adhesive Type:

Pressure-sensitive adhesive

Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.77 x 1.05 in./19.56 x 26.68 mm

Stamp Size (w x h):

0.91 x 1.19 in./23.11 x 30.23 mm

Full Booklet Size (w x h):

5.75 x 2.38 in./146.05 x 60.45 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

5.75 x 14.28 in./ 146.05 x 362.71 mm


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black

Plate Size:

120 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“C” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:

Title printed on tab side • Plate numbers in peel strip area • © 2014
• USPS logo • Barcode