Some of us like to purchase special Christmas stamps to use on our mail during the holiday season.
In what year did the U.S. Postal System issue its first Christmas Stamp?
The Post Office had issued stamps that conveyed a holiday spirit for a while such as a Forest Conservation stamp that showed a deer in the woods or one showing a green tree resembling a fir. Customers had been requesting a specific Christmas stamp for many years. The decision to print one encountered some controversy, especially from groups concerned about maintaining the separation of church and state. But the United States Post Office issued its first Christmas stamp in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 1, 1962.
Anticipating a huge demand for the new Christmas stamp, the Department ordered 350 million printed – the largest number produced for a special stamp until that time. The green and red four-cent stamps featured a wreath, two candles, and the words “Christmas 1962”. The initial supply sold out quickly, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing began working around the clock to print more. By the end 1962 one billion of the stamps had been printed and distributed.
The Postal Service recognized other special holidays when it issued its first Hanukkah stamp in 1996, followed in 1997 by its first Kwanzaa stamp, and in 2001 by the Eid stamp.
NET CHECK IN’s:
Tonight we had a total of 30 people check into the Net and, of those, 2 had the correct answer to the Trivia Question.
- Louie – AD6UP
- Bob – KJ6UVT
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