Stamp Announcement 16-36: Holiday Windows Stamps

Stamp Announcement 16-36: Holiday Windows Stamps

On October 6, 2016, in New York, NY, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Holiday Windows stamps (Forever® priced at 47 cents), in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps (Item 681500).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide October 6, 2016.

With four warm, inviting illustrations of winter scenes featuring windows, the Holiday Windows stamps rejoice in the simple pleasures of the season. Two stamp designs show views from the inside looking out: a single burning candle sits on a sill and a simple star ornament hangs from a hook attached to the window sash, out of sight. Two other stamp designs show views from the outside looking in: a brightly lit Christmas tree contrasts with the snowy shrubs on the other side of the glass and a snow-covered wreath hangs in front of frosted windowpanes. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with original artwork by William Low.

Initial Supply to Post Offices: Item 681500, $9.40 Holiday Windows (47-cent Forever First-Class Rate) Double-sided 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 will be available by logging on to SFS Web at https:⁄⁄ Post Offices may begin ordering stamps prior to the FDOI through SFS Web. However, offices should 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 http:⁄⁄⁄shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. 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:

Holiday Windows Stamps
Stamp Fulfillment Services
Cancellation Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Pillar 210
Kansas City, MO 64144-9998

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. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by December 6, 2016.

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 http:⁄⁄⁄shop, 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 six philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 681506, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $75.20.

n 681510*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $15.95.

n 681516*, First-Day Cover (Set of 4), $3.64.

n 681521*, Digital Color Postmark (Set of 4), $6.48.

n 681524*, Framed Art, $19.95.

n 681530*, Ceremony Program (Random single), $6.95.

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.



Holiday Windows Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail, Forever


Double-Sided Booklet of 20
(4 designs)


Holiday Celebrations

Issue Date & City:

October 6, 2016, New York, NY 10199

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


William Low, Huntington, NY


Sandra Lane⁄Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Banknote Corporation of America

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta 74

Stamps per Booklet:


Print Quantity:

500 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.77 x 1.05 in.⁄19.56 x 26.67 mm

Stamp Size (w x h):

0.91 x 1.19 in.⁄23.11 x 30.23 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.74 x 2.38 in.⁄145.87 x 60.33 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

11.49 x 9.50 in.⁄291.74 x 241.30 mm


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Plate Size:

800 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“B” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:

• Plate numbers in peel strip area
• © 2016 • USPS in peel strip area

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