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Designs highlight Santa, river otter

USPS will release A Visit From St. Nick and Otters in Snow stamps later this year.

The Postal Service has announced two additions to its 2021 stamp lineup.

The first is Otters in Snow, a booklet of 20 stamps featuring four scenes of the alert and playful North American river otter reveling in a winter landscape.

The original illustrations were rendered in pen and ink, with watercolor in shades of brown for the otters, using black for facial features and crosshatching. The wintry background is white, with blue water, light blue and violet shadows, and black crosshatching.

Derry Noyes designed the stamps with artwork from illustrator John Burgoyne.

The second addition is A Visit From St. Nick, a booklet of 20 stamps with four designs that tell the story of Santa Claus’s visit on Christmas Eve.

In the first stamp, Santa stands on a snowy rooftop, sack slung across his back, with one leg inside the red-brick chimney; the second stamp shows Santa as he descends through the chimney, his legs dangling over the hearth; the third stamp is a close-up of a winking Santa; and the fourth stamp shows Santa in his sleigh, with four reindeer visible as they fly across the face of the full moon and into a starlit sky.

Greg Breeding designed the stamps with original art by Brad Woodard.

Release dates for the stamps will be announced later.

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