Pictured left-right: Mark Reasoner – President American Stamp Dealers Association, Joseph Corbett – Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President USPS, William Low – Cobalt Illustration Studios,   David Spaeth – CEO Spaeth Design and Mary–Anne Penner – Director Stamp Services, USPS

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service announced today that this year’s contemporary holiday stamps will highlight the role windows play during the holidays. The Holiday Windows Forever stamps will be issued on October 6th, providing plenty of time for mailing greeting cards. This is one of a number of holiday-themed stamps that will be issued this year.

Portraying winter nights, these elegant stamps showcase ways we observe traditions and spread cheer, letting us delight in the snow when we’re inside while also sharing our warmth and merriment with the outside world. Available in booklets of 20 with each design repeated five times, the stamps feature a candle, a wreath, a star and a lighted tree. The stamps are sure to add a dash of winter bliss to letters and cards during the year’s coldest months.

Two of the 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 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.

Forever™ Stamps United States Postal Service 2016
Forever™ Stamps United States Postal Service 2016

Art director Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, MD, designed the stamps with original artwork by William Low of Huntington, NY.

The Holiday Windows stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. These Forever® stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

First Day of Issue by USPS is 11/6/16