Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The first Christmas stamp

According to several on-line sources, the first postage stamps for Christmas were issued in 1937 by Austria.

They are referred to in the Stanley Gibbons catalogue as "Christmas Greeting" stamps. Shown above, they feature a rose and zodiac signs.

Canada issued a stamp in 1898 which had Christmas written on it, but it was not specifically a Christmas issue. It was actually issued to mark the inauguration of the Imperial Penny Postage rate.

The first US Christmas stamp was issued in 1962.

For more on Christmas stamps, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM