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U.S. Postal Service to Issue Classic Santa Stamps this Christmas

Art Features Images from 1950s Coca-Cola Ads

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PRNewswie-USNewswire
June 26, 2018

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It's beginning to look like a classic Christmas! This October, the Postal Service will ring in the 2018 holiday season with four Sparkling Holidays stamps featuring character-rich close-ups of Santa Claus.

The Santa images are from Haddon Sundblom paintings created for The Coca-Cola Company holiday advertisements that ran from the 1940s through the early 1960s. Sundblom, a famed commercial artist, depicted a rosy-cheeked, smiling, grandfatherly man in a red suit that came to embody the very essence of "Santa." 

The Sparkling Holidays stamps will be issued as Forever stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Additional details will be announced before the stamps' release.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

SOURCE: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-postal-service-to-issue-classic-santa-stamps-this-christmas-300672388.html

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Santa Bill Reiller

Can not wait to get them at my Post Office.  Going to look good on my Christmas Cards!!!

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Eileen Strom

NICE!!

Will be getting those for my Christmas Cards and more...

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Santa Bruce Geron

These will be very popular this year.

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SCSanta

I am keeping an eye out for pre-order information. I did this last year. These will be first on my list for 2018.

I always buy enough so I can have Christmas stamps throughout the year whenever I am sending out something 'from Santa'...even in the summer.

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Santa G

Wow, would anyone be willing to buy some for me and post them down under.

i can send you some money PayPal to cover the cost.

😀

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Eileen Strom
2 hours ago, Santa G said:

Wow, would anyone be willing to buy some for me and post them down under.

i can send you some money PayPal to cover the cost.

😀

If I can get some I will let you know!

 

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Santa G

Thanks Eileen 😀

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Schwindy

Thank you @Michael Rielly

     I really like the look and I'll be picking some up for this thing I do. It's really cool and the group has a Christmas Card exchange! You may have heard about it! :santa_rolleyes:

And of course I'd use them for the other few friends I ******* 
Kathy has!

Great tip thanks for sharing!

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KrisKringleIV

Awesome, can't wait to get some, a Great Tool for letters from Santa :)

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SantaJoe

Years ago, I made custom stamps with my own image as the stamp. Don't recall the service, but sure it could be Googled.

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On 6/28/2018 at 4:18 PM, SantaJoe said:

Years ago, I made custom stamps with my own image as the stamp. Don't recall the service, but sure it could be Googled.

I found this directly from the USPS website, saying that this is an authorized 3rd party vendor.  You just upload your photo and they will create the stamps and ship them to you.

https://photo.stamps.com/Store/?source=si10985886

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On 6/28/2018 at 5:48 PM, SantaJoe said:

Years ago, I made custom stamps with my own image as the stamp. Don't recall the service, but sure it could be Googled.

Thank you, Santa Joe for the idea.

For those of us in Canada, here's a link to Canada Post's custom photo postage stamp service.

 

https://www.picturepostage.ca

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cgtmc

Best looking Christmas stamps in years.

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Santa Johnathan

Looking forward to these stamps! I will certainly be stocking up! 

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Grandpa Gus

Just so everyone knows, these stamps are due to be in your local Post Office around the third week of October. You can also watch for them to come out on the USPS.com web site. You can order them there with your credit card and the mail man will bring them to your mail box, no extra charge. Hope this helps.

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Eileen Strom

...right now I am SOOOO not happy with the postal service!!!  :ranting:

The package that I sent out to Santa Steve Fletcher in Maryland last Tuesday (24th)  with his silk embroidered vest and 2 white on white snowflake shirts, that was supposed to be delivered last Thursday, arrived today....damaged and EMPTY!!

Yep, that's correct...there was nothing in it! The box was somewhat squashed and the end completely torn open...USPS stickers are stuck on it that say "Received in Damaged Condition.  initials_____ " (with no initials), and "Received Unsealed  initials ____" (again with no initials).

Meanwhile, I received a tracking notice from USPS on the thing a few mins before Steve got one stating the package was delivered, stating that the package was on its way to the next facility!   Not its being delivered or out for delivery (empty), but that it is still on its way to some USPS facility somewhere...

 

Needless to say a claim is going to be filed and hopefully the items are in a lost and found bin someplace, but otherwise I will be having to naturally remake all 3 items for him.

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Grandpa Gus

Eileen, I just want to say I'm sorry to hear of your package at the P.O. As some one who knows about the workings there, I regret to say that the chances of recalling your lost items is not good unless there was an additional address inside with them. Again sorry.

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TexasSanta

Was the package insured?

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Steelwheels

How would I find out if the USPS is doing a press release or anything from the Westward Look Resort here in Tucson? The local S.A.N.T.A. group meets there regularly and it seems fitting given the focus. It’d be really cool if a Santa from here in Tucson could participate. Would the local PostMaster be the person to contact? Is it way too late, being two months away?

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Eileen Strom
3 hours ago, Steelwheels said:

How would I find out if the USPS is doing a press release or anything from the Westward Look Resort here in Tucson? The local S.A.N.T.A. group meets there regularly and it seems fitting given the focus. It’d be really cool if a Santa from here in Tucson could participate. Would the local PostMaster be the person to contact? Is it way too late, being two months away?

I would have no idea what local areas might or might not do for it, but it couldn't hurt to ask your local postmaster if there are any plans for it. I don't recall great fan fare for other stamps coming out (Christmas ones anyway) other than the initial announcements. When the Rudolph and Charlie Brown ones came out years back, there wasn't anything here locally for either.

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Steelwheels
13 hours ago, Eileen Strom said:

I would have no idea what local areas might or might not do for it, but it couldn't hurt to ask your local postmaster if there are any plans for it. I don't recall great fan fare for other stamps coming out (Christmas ones anyway) other than the initial announcements. When the Rudolph and Charlie Brown ones came out years back, there wasn't anything here locally for either.

I just thought that since Sundblom did all those Ads here in Tucson from the Westward Look that maybe they’d do something. I’ve even corresponded with Soncy who was one of the child models in some of the paintings. I’d be so cool to have her come out too!

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Eileen Strom

Ordered mine and @Santa G 's this morning.

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SCSanta

Placed my pre-order for 7 books just a few minutes ago. Best looking stamps in a while...didn't want to run short.

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