Estonia

Christmas 2019
17 October 2019

Estonia: Christmas 2019, 17 October 2019. Image from Omniva.

 

Issue Date:  17.10.2019
Designer: Krista Leesi
Number: 722-17.10.19
Quantity issued: 144 000
Perforation: 13½ x 14
Printer: Joh. Enschedé
Print: offset
Sheets: 2 x 5
Size: 40.0 x 30.0 mm
Stamp zone: Domestic
Primary theme:  Christmas
Year: 2019
Stamp type: Self-adhesive

This year’s Christmas stamp is special because of the soft felt material to make your warm holiday greetings even warmer. The author of the stamp is a recognized Estonian textile designer Krista Leesi. Her work, called “Snowpattern”, won the design competition in the spring. The folk-inspired yet modern Christmas stamp will add something special to every envelope or collection.

The base material of the felt postage stamp is inspired by different folk patterns visible in traditional Estonian textile garments (mittens, belts, etc.). On the stamp, different motifs and patterns meet and mix, creating a background resembling snowflakes and providing a fun, wintery mood. The lower text line is designed similarly to traditional patterned mittens. The bright pink background, characteristic of the island of Muhu, displays a text that is designed as pixels, resembling the knitting patterns of traditional mittens. The postage stamp design includes four clean colours. One of these is the natural surface of the felt.

On the FDC envelopes, the gentle fall of motifs/patterns has developed into a blizzard that covers the entire surface.

NB! Since Christmas stamps are made of special and thicker material, then they need to be handled with special attention and care in order not to damage gentle material.

These stamps and other products can be ordered from Omniva.


Liechtenstein

Christmas 2019
11 November 2019

Liechtenstein: Christmas 2019, 11 November 2019. Images from Philatelie Liechtenstein.

Date Of Issue: 11. November 2019
Designers: Sereina Hatt, Vaduz
Stamp format: 32.5 x 32.5 mm
Perforation: 12 ½ x 12 ½
Sheet format: 146 x 208 mm
Print: 5-colour offset + gold hot-foil stamping by Gutenberg AG, Schaan
Paper: Stamp paper 180 g/m2, self-adhesive (water-soluble)

Four secular and Christian motifs adorn this year’s self-adhesive special stamps for the Christmas season. The figures depicted can still be found today on traditionally decorated Christmas trees. The “Snowman” (face value: CHF 0.85) symbolises winter and the wish for a white Christmas. This hope is also kept alive in numerous Christmas carols. The “Nutcracker” (face value: CHF 1.00) is a Christmas symbol, especially in its home country of Germany. But it also found its way into the world after the Second World War: The manufacturer of the wooden figure had to leave the Erz Mountains and move to Hanover as many American soldiers were stationed there and returned home with a nutcracker as a souvenir. The “Rocking Horse” (face value: CHF 1.50) also plays a role in many Christmas poems and songs. As this toy was only used in wealthy families for a long time due to its originally elaborate design, it became a symbol of unfulfilled wishes for poorer sections of the population. It is a well-known fact that “Angels” (face value: CHF 2.00) play an important role as heavenly messengers in the biblical Christmas story.

Liechtenstein: Christmas 2019 (maximum cards). 11 November 2019..

These stamps and other products can be ordered from Philaelie Liechtenstein or WOPA+ Stamps and Coins.


United States of America

Holiday Wreaths
25 October 2019
Freeport, Maine
Scott #5424-5427

Issue:  Holiday Wreaths Stamps
Item Number:  682400
Denomination & Type of Issue:  First-Class Mail Forever
Format:  Double-sided Booklet of 20, (4 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: October 25, 2019 Freeport, ME 04032
Art Director: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Designer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Designer: Laura Dowling, Alexandria, VA
Typographer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Photographer: Kevin Allen
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Booklet: 20
Print Quantity: 350,000,000
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block Tagged
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.542 x 21.336 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.098 x 24.892 mm
Full Booklet Size (w x h): 5.52 x 1.96 in./140.208 x 49.784 mm
Colors: Pantone 186, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Plate Size: 960 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “B” followed by five (5) single digits
Marginal Markings: Header. “Holiday Wreaths: 20 First-Class™ Forever® Stamps” • USPS logo • ©2019 USPS in peel strip area
• Barcode • Promotional text in peel strip area • Plate number in peel strip area

Scott Catalogue #’s:
5424 (55¢) Christmas Wreaths – Aspidistra Leaf Wreath
5425 (55¢) Christmas Wreaths – Wreath Made of Gilded Pine Cones and Magnolia Pods
5426 (55¢) Christmas Wreaths – Wreath Made of Gilded Hydrangea, Eucalyptus, Nandina and Ribbon
5427 (55¢) Christmas Wreaths – Wreath Made of Woodland Bush Ivy and Red Winterberry
5427a. Block of 4, #5424-5427
5427b. Convertible booklet pane of 20, 5 each #5424-5427

Inspired by the holiday decorating traditions of early America, the four wreaths featured on these stamps are classic yet contemporary. Their designs create feelings of warmth and welcome. Wreaths are often made from materials easily found during the winter months.

The ribbon leaf wreath is inspired by French floral art. Aspidistra leaves, folded and manipulated to resemble ribbons, create a long-lasting wreath.

Gilded pinecones and magnolia pods grace the wreath trimmed with cranberry red ribbon.

Red and gold ribbon adorns the wreath made from gilded dried hydrangea, eucalyptus and nandina foliage, red berries, and small ornaments.

The woodland bush ivy and red winterberry wreath presents a classic red and green palette.

Add these elegant stamps to your cards and letters to share holiday greetings with family and friends.

Antonio Alcalá served as the art director of the project and designed the stamps with floral artist Laura Dowling. Dowling designed the wreaths for the stamps, which were photographed by Kevin Allen.

The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store at 95 Main Street, Freeport, ME 04032, on Friday, October 25, 2019, at 11 a.m. ET. Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO, U.S. Postal Service, presided.

These stamps and other products can be ordered from USPS.com Postal Store.