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Sparkling Holidays stamps arrive Oct. 11

The Sparkling Holidays stamps
The Sparkling Holidays stamps will feature Haddon Sundlom paintings created for Coca-Cola advertisements.

The Postal Service will release its Sparkling Holidays stamps Thursday, Oct. 11.

The stamps feature four images of Santa Claus created for Coca-Cola holiday advertisements that ran from the 1940s-1960s.

Additionally, USPS will offer a souvenir sheet with a semi-jumbo stamp as part of a wider scene that depicts Santa standing by a fireplace and holding a book that lists good boys and girls.

The images were created by famed commercial artist Haddon Sundblom, who is credited with refining the modern image of Santa as a smiling, rosy-cheeked, grandfatherly man in a red suit.

The stamps, which will be sold in booklets of 20, will be available at Post Offices and The souvenir sheet is available at

Sparkling Holidays is one of several new seasonal stamps from USPS this year.

Other offerings include Global: Poinsettia, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Madonna and Child by Bachiacca.

Also available this year, while supplies last: Diwali and Eid Greetings, as well as Nativity, Christmas Carols, Florentine Madonna and Child and previous Hanukkah and Kwanzaa releases.

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