The Postal Service today begins delivering the 2010 holiday season when it issues four new Forever stamps and a single stamp featuring a musical angel during ceremonies at the American Stamp Dealers Association Mega Stamp Show in New York City.
Decorating with evergreens during the winter holiday season is a popular tradition. The Postal Service kicks off the winter celebrations by issuing Holiday Evergreens, featuring images of the foliage and cones of four different conifers: ponderosa pine, eastern red cedar, blue spruce and balsam fir.
The Holiday Evergreens, in addition to the Forever stamp bearing an image of the Liberty Bell, are valid forever, literally, for 1-ounce First-Class Mail cards and letters regardless of when the stamps are purchased or used, and no matter how prices may change in the future.
Today also marks the debut of the Angel with Lute stamp. This stamp features a fresco painted around the year 1480 by Italian Renaissance artist Melozzo da Forli depicting an angel clad in red and green strumming a lute.
Several stamp choices are now available this holiday season. In addition to the new Holiday Evergreens and Angel with Lute stamps, customers can purchase the 44-cent Madonna and Child, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Eid stamps online at usps.com, by telephone at 800-STAMP-24 and at local Post Offices.