25 October 2019
Issue: Holiday Wreaths Stamps
Item Number: 682400
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Double-sided Booklet of 20, (4 designs)
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.