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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamps — pre-order now

rudolph the red-nosed ReindeerGet ’em fast: Pre-order now: The U.S.P.S. is paying homage to the 1964 classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — the longest running, highest rated holiday special in TV history — with four commemorative stamps depicting some of the most-loved characters. The stamps are available for pre-order — Pam and I just nabbed ours. The stamps will be released on November 6, 2014 — and we bet they sell out in a flash!
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From the USPS website:

On the evening of December 6, 1964, families sat down to watch a new TV show for the first time: an animated special called Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It featured the voice of Burl Ives as Sam, a singing snowman, who narrates the tale of a misfit reindeer who finds his own special way to shine. The hour-long show went on to become not only the longest-running and highest-rated Christmas special in TV history, but also a beloved holiday tradition.

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Rudolph and his friends now bring their own brand of joy and nostalgia to four holiday stamps. The stamp artwork features still frames from the special, which was produced by Rankin/Bass using stop-motion animation. In this type of production, moveable models are photographed against backgrounds, giving the images their distinctive look. Rudolph, Santa, and the Abominable Snowman all star on stamps of their own, while a fourth stamp features Hermey, the elf who dreams of becoming a dentist, touching Rudolph’s glowing red nose.

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In order to create the special, new characters (including the Abominable Snowman and Hermey) were added to those featured in the poem written by Robert L. May and the song written by Johnny Marks.

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In addition to the Rudolph song, the special also contains five of composer Johnny Marks’s previous songs and seven new songs that include “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Silver and Gold,” “Jingle, Jingle, Jingle,” “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year,” “There’s Always Tomorrow” and “We’re a Couple of Misfits.”

And as for Rudolph, the star of the show? As the millions of fans of the classic animated special know, he went down in history!

Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps. The Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

All elements under license to Character Arts LLC. Made in the USA. Issue Date: November 6, 2014

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 Which of these stamps is your favorite, readers?
Pam says that Bumble is lookin’ awful cute!

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  1. Judy H. says:

    What a wonderful surprise this morning…my favorite Christmas TV friends. I LOVE this show. I loved watching it with my sisters when we were kids, then with my own children and now with my grandchildren. (btw, I was a grandmother at 47). Rudolph is my fave stamp…without him, there’s no show, tight? I love the way his bright reds nose honks a little when it lights up. Christmas shows for kids in the 2000s ???? If there are any, they can’t hold a candle to the oldies but goodies!

  2. Grama Robin says:

    Holly Jolly Christmas is one of my all time favorite songs! I bought a group of hundreds of vintage Xmas cards 2 years ago, and I’m still sending them out. These stamps will be great for that, and for invitations to our annual Xmas party. We throw a party to show off our 1926 house filled with vintage Xmas stuff, and our 1959 camper filled with MCM Xmas stuff! Thanks for the heads up. Santa is always my favorite!

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