Thursday, December 15, 2011

Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Giveaway! Day 6



Congratulations girlygirlhoosier52 you have won the prize for Day 5 for correctly answering White Christmas. Please email me with your name an adddress and I'll get your prize in the mail.


On the Sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six geese a laying....here's today's trivia question:


Have you sent your holiday cards yet? Sending cards in the mail has been a long standing tradition until recently (yet another area of our life where technology is taking over...lol). In what year did the post office issue its first Christmas themed stamp?



(Disclaimer: Trivia questions were taken from multiple Christmas Trivia websites and answers have not been verified for accuracy. Questions are for entertainment purposes.)

33 comments:

Debby said...

The first postage stamp for Christmas was issued in 1937 in Austria: the Rose and Signs of the Zodiac stamp. There were Christmas stamps before that. Canada issued a stamp with the Mercator map “Christmas 1898″ inscribed. But they had not been special Christmas issue.
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Maureen said...

The United States post office issued the first Christmas stamp in 1962.

Laurie G said...

I have to agree with 1962 in PA.

ShellBell said...

Great question had to look this one up...the USPS
1st Christmas stamp was issued in November 1962

Rose said...

1962
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alainala said...

In 1937, Austria issued two "Christmas greeting stamps" featuring a rose and zodiac signs...
although, The Canadian map stamp of 1898 bears an inscription "XMAS 1898",

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REGINA ROSS said...

USPS IN 1962

Anne said...

1962:

http://about.usps.com/news/state-releases/oh/2010/oh_2010_1209.htm

The USPS also makes cute stamp pins based on real specialty stamps that it sells for a couple of dollars. I've given out birthday ones and one for and to a teacher.

hcnathan said...

1962. I love learning these random facts that I usually wouldn't think twice about. This is really fun

Laney4 said...

I read that the 1937 Austria stamps did not bear a Christmas theme, so that one's out for me. It said Brazil's were "semi-postal", so that's out too. ("In 1937, two stamps were issued by Austria that were billed as "Christmas Greeting Stamps". However; neither of these stamps bore a Christmas theme. One stamp was of a zodiac sign and one stamp was a rose. Brazil issued four semi-postal stamps in 1939. Semi postal stamps are stamps that are sold above the stamp value to raise money for a cause. These stamps were definitely Christmas themed, but they were not expressly made for the Christmas holiday.")
Hungary is out for 1941 because it was semi-postal, etc. too. ("In 1941, Hungary also issued a semi postal stamp, but these stamps additional fees were meant to pay for the "soldiers' Christmas" and should not be considered Christmas stamps.")
I'm going with Hungary in 1943. ("It is widely believed that the first actual Christmas stamp was made by Hungry in 1943. It depicted a Nativity scene and it was expressly sold as a Christmas stamp.")
Yup. 1943.

bluegray said...

I'll go with 1962.

CrystalGB said...

The United States post office issued the first Christmas stamp in 1962.

Mariee said...

The United States Post Office Department issued its first Christmas stamp in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 1, 1962.

catslady said...

This was just a little tricky but I think you were going for the U.S. so I am going to also say 1962.

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Sunu said...

Just confused about which country you were asking. . . But decided it was US so the aanswer is 1962

Jennywen20 said...

The first Christmas stamp for US was 1962. First Christmas stamp ever was 1898 in Canada.

Jane said...

The first Christmas stamp was issued in 1962.

Cathy M said...

I am going with 1962.

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Cathy M said...

I am going with 1962.

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Kathryn Merkel said...

There is some disagreement about when the first Christmas stamp was issued. The first stamp to be credited as such was issued in 1898 in Canada, but the XMAS 1898 text on the card was likely to appease Queen Victoria who took offense when it was suggested the stamp be in honor of the Prince, asking what Prince? Her ruffled feathers were soothed, when a quick thinking postal official replied the Prince of Peace.

The first US Christmas stamp was not issued until 1962.

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Deborah R said...

The United States post office issued the first Christmas stamp in 1962

Sandy M said...

1962 is when the USPS issued its first Christmas Stamp.

Thanks for a terrific holiday contest.

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PhyllisC said...

I made the assumption that you meant the US post office and my answer is on November 1, 1962. But after reading other comments and just to be sure I say that in 1937, Austria issued two "Christmas greeting stamps", in 1939, Brazil issued four semi-postal stamps and in 1941 Hungary issued stamps.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Merry Christmas to all.

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Judy F said...

1962 I believe.

Tara said...

No I have not done my cards yet.

chey said...

1962 in the US

Estella said...

USPS-1962

Karen said...

in 1962 the first Christmas stamp was issued!

Jennifer Mathis said...

1962

joder said...

From what I'm reading I'm going with 1962.

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Valerie said...

1962. :) What's really mind blowing though is the stamp sold for 4 cents.

Virginia said...

In the US it way Nov 1 1962.

I have sent out a few Christmas cards this year but not many. Haven't had time to do them.

Renald said...

If we are talking about the USA .It was in Pittsburgh Penn ,Nov 1st ,1962. Merry Xmas