Forthcoming Forever stamps to depict Xmas window scenes

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) recently announced this year’s contemporary holiday stamps will highlight the role of windows throughout the holidays.

The Holiday Windows Forever stamps will be issued this October, providing plenty of time for mailing greeting cards. Further details will be announced soon; this is one of a series of holiday-themed stamps to be issued this year.

Portraying winter nights, the stamps showcase ways Americans observe traditions and spread cheer. 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 add a “dash of winter bliss” to letters and cards during the year’s coldest months, said USPS representatives.

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.

Art director Ethel Kessler, of Bethesda, M.D., designed the stamps with original artwork by William Low, of Huntington, N.Y.

The Holiday Windows Forever stamps will be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

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