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Postal News: Snowflakes add festive look

November 4, 2015
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Post offices across America are experiencing a blizzard of new Forever stamps with the introduction of the Geometric Snowflakes Forever stamps.

Available in booklets of 20, the stamps can be purchased on:, at eBay, by calling (800) STAMP24 (782-6724) and at your local post offices.

"With these four commemorative Forever stamps we're presenting, we hope to capture the art and the science of the snowflake and preserve it forever," Fort Myers Postmaster Leroy Middleton said.

"These bright, cheerful stamps bring a whimsical splash to holiday cards, thank-you notes, invitations, greeting cards and any mailing that calls for a touch of warmth during the coldest months of the year," he continued.

The law of physics makes each snowflake unique and each of the four stamps depicts a different snowflake.

When it snows, millions of ice crystals form unique patterns that are as stunning in their complexity as they are fleeting.

Stamp designers were inspired by the different shapes. Each snowflake is drawn in one of four colors: purple, pink, green or blue.

Applying light and dark shades of color enhanced the intricate geometry of each flake and added a feeling of playfulness to the art.

Forever stamps will always be equal to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

The stamps were designed by Antonio Alcal and Leslie Badani of Alexandria, Virginia.

Phil Wiebold is a spokesman for U.S. Postal Service.



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