A new booklet of Forever stamps entitled Colorful Celebrations was dedicated today at World Stamp Show-NY 2016 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The international stamp show will conclude tomorrow. The United States plays host to a sanctioned international stamp show only once every 10 years, with the next one scheduled for 2026 in Boston, MA.
The stamps feature designs based on a Mexican art form known as “papel picado,” Spanish for “pierced paper.” While the designs suggest cut paper, they actually were created digitally.
U.S. Postal Service Vice President of Pricing and Costing Sharon Owens, dedicating the new stamps, remarked on the 10 vivid and colorful designs “featuring celebratory patterns that showcase geometric shapes, flowers and birds.”
These new stamps have been printed – and will be sold – only as complete booklets of 20 stamps, priced at $9.40 (20 X $0.47). Each booklet of 20 Forever stamps includes 10 digitally-created designs with eye-popping patterns that showcase geometric shapes, flowers and birds. Each of the 10 design appears twice in each booklet of 20 stamps.
The stamp designs come in one of four colors: blue, orange, purple, and fuchsia. Papel picado, an intricate art form that was developed in Mexico, inspired artist Atzin Gaytan’s digital stamp art. Sally Andersen-Bruce designed the stamps. Derry Noyes served as the project’s art director.