This Christmas stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service features a detail of Our Lady of Guápulo, an 18th-century oil painting.
Enrobed in a pyramidal gown speckled with jewels and holding a scepter woven with roses and leaves, a crowned Virgin Mary looks down at a similarly adorned Christ Child in her left arm. A red rosary ropes across the center of her dress and down to her right.
Painted by an unknown artist in Cuzco, Peru, Our Lady of Guápulo is from the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp.
The Our Lady of Guápulo stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp is always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
|Issue:||Our Lady of Guápulo Stamp|
|Denomination &||First-Class Mail Forever|
|Type of Issue:|
|Format:||Double-Sided Booklet of 20 (1 design)|
|Issue Date & City:||October 20, 2020, New York, NY 10199|
|Art Director:||Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA|
|Designer:||Greg Breeding, Charlotesville, VA|
|Existing Art:||Unknown, 18th c, Cuzco, Peru|
|Modeler:||Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn|
|Manufacturing Process:||Offset, Microprint|
|Printer:||Banknote Corporation of America|
|Press Type:||Alprinta 74|
|Stamps per Booklet:||20|
|Print Quantity:||200,000,000 stamps|
|Paper Type:||Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block Tag|
|Image Area (w x h):||0.77 x 1.05 in./19.558 x 26.67 mm|
|Stamp Size (w x h):||0.91 x 1.19 in./23.114 x 30.226 mm|
|Full Booklet Size (w x h):||5.743 x 2.375 in./145.872 x 60.325 mm|
|Colors:||Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Pantone 8003|
|Plate Size:||800 stamps per revolution|
|Plate Number:||“B” followed by five (5) single digits|
|Marginal Markings:||Header: CHRISTMAS Our Lady of Guápulo • Twenty First-Class Forever Stamps • USPS logo • Barcode • Plate number in peel strip area • ©2020 USPS in peel strip area • Promotional text in peel strip area|