The Postal Service will celebrate an enduring winter tradition with the release of its Holiday Wreaths stamps Friday, Oct. 25.
Inspired by the holiday decorating traditions of early America, the four wreaths featured on the stamps are made from materials easily found during the winter months.
The stamps, available in booklets of 20, show:
- A wreath made of Aspidistra leaves that have been folded to resemble ribbons
- A wreath trimmed with cranberry red ribbons and made of gilded pine cones and magnolia pods
- A classic red and green wreath made of woodland bush ivy and red winterberries
- A wreath adorned in red and gold ribbons, and made from gilded dried hydrangea, eucalyptus, red berries and small ornaments
Laura Dowling, the artist, and Kevin Allen, who photographed the wreaths, worked with Antonio Alcalá, the art director, to create the stamps.