New U.S. Stamps – Global Silver Bells Wreath

Today the United States Postal Service issued a new stamp, Global Silver Bells Wreath. This is an International Forever stamp, currently at $1.15. The description is as follows:

In 2014, the U.S. Postal Service® celebrates the winter holidays internationally with a new Forever® stamp, Global Holiday: Silver Bells Wreath. This is the second issuance in the Global Holiday series.

An elegant wreath of silver bells graces this round holiday stamp. The circle of densely packed bells is arranged against a deep green background, with a rich red bow anchored at the top of the wreath. The words “Forever” and “USA” and the date “2014” surround the wreath in gray type. The word “Global” is highlighted in red at the bottom of the stamp.

Wreaths can be made from plants such as eucalyptus, laurel, pine boughs, and mistletoe, or materials such as metal, glass, wood, paper, or wire. They come in almost any shape or size, and ideas for decoration are virtually limitless-silver bells, flowers, fruit, berries, ribbons, bows, glass ornaments, teddy bears, model cars, candy-anything that reflects personal style.

Whatever the shape or embellishment, wreaths express the festive spirit of the holidays, and the Global Holiday: Silver Bells Wreath stamp can add the same touch of holiday joy to your cards and letters.

Issued at the $1.15 price, this Global Forever® stamp can be used to mail a one-ounce letter to any country to which First-Class Mail International® service is available. As with all Global Forever® stamps, this stamp will have a postage value equivalent to the price of a single-piece First-Class Mail International® first ounce machinable letter in effect at the time of use. To distinguish this stamp from other Forever® stamps, the shape of the international stamp is round and bears the words “Global Forever.”

Art director William J. Gicker and Michael Owens designed the stamp. Sally Andersen-Bruce photographed the wreath, which was constructed by Michael Owens. Angelica Dennis created the bow.


Niagara Falls

There are a few postcards that I have sent that have become “popular” on Postcrossing, gaining favorites by other members. I previously wrote about my Born Free Ohio postcard that was at the time my most popular with three favorites. Well, I have surpassed that with a whopping (at the time of this writing) NINE favorites! Here is the beauty:

I have to admit that this is a gorgeous postcard! I sent it to Reona in Japan. She thought it was a wonderful postcard and also appreciated the stamps I used. For this postcard, I used a combination of a few stamps to reach the postage amount for international mail. Here they are from the USPS website:

I like mixing stamps of different denominations rather than the international forever stamp. It’s large and obnoxious, and I feel like it’s boring. Plus, it’s a circle! Circles just don’t fit well on postcards.

Well anyway, I’m glad Reona enjoyed this postcard and the stamps I chose for it! I am always glad when the card I pick out works well for the recipient!!

Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.