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September 1, 2022

U.S. Postal Service issues two new stamps. One on Elephants, the other on Christmas.

• Elephants Stamp

US Postal Service

Photo: Elephants star on Forever Stamps on World Elephant Day.

The U.S. Postal Service celebrated the majestic, playful, and highly intelligent elephant with a first-day-of-issue stamp ceremony.

“We love elephants because of their physical characteristics, social intelligence, capacity for empathy, self-awareness, teamwork, and because they share so many of our best qualities,” said Jeffery Adams, USPS corporate communications vice president, who served as the dedicated official. “What a pleasure it is to honor these magnificent creatures on World Elephant Day with a beautiful Forever stamp.”

According to USPS, the stamp’s fanciful digital illustration of an elephant and its young calf depicts the affectionate nature of the beloved animals. Two stylized plants and a bright orange sun add whimsy and color to this lighthearted stamp. In the upper left-hand corner, the word “Forever” is in black, and the letters “USA” are in gray. The booklet cover details the adult elephant, with a green plant and orange sun to the left. Artis Rafael López created the original art and designed the stamp.

• Christmas Stamp

US Postal Service

Photo: U.S. Postal Service announces new Christmas Forever postage stamps.

The U.S. Postal Service is dedicating a new Christmas stamp featuring “Virgin and Child,” an oil-on-panel painting from the first half of the 16th century by an unidentified Florentine artist known as “the Master of Scandicci Lamentation.”

“The painting depicts the Virgin Mary gazing downward at the infant Christ, one of her arms holding him protectively at his waist, the other tenderly touching his arm, while the Christ child turns his head to look out of the frame to the left,” USPS explained.

The 16th-century painting “Virgin and Child” is part of the Robert Dawson Evans Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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