On October 21, 2010, in New York, New York, at the Mega Stamp Show, the Postal Service™ will issue a 44-cent, Holiday Evergreens (Forever) special stamp in four designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps (Item 679700) and an automated teller machine (ATM) sheetlet of 18 stamps (Item 575000). Designed by Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, Virginia, the stamp goes on sale nationwide October 21, 2010.
Decorating with evergreens during the winter holiday season is a popular and appealing tradition. In 2010, the U.S. Postal Service® joins in the winter celebrations by issuing Holiday Evergreens (Forever), beautiful new stamps that feature closeup views of the foilage and cones of four different conifers: ponderosa pine, eastern red cedar, blue spruce, and balsam fir.
The artist, the late Ned Seidler, was a gifted painter of nature subjects. When painting flora, he frequently used cuttings from plants and trees in his own yard as reference. He may have taken the same approach in working on this project.
Denomination & Type of Issue:
October 21, 2010, New York, NY 10199 (Mega Stamp Show)
Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 1805 (Red)
Header: “Holiday Evergreens FOREVER®” • Twenty First-Class self-adhesive stamps • Four different designs • © 2009 USPS in peel strip area • Barcode 679700