1965 Christmas Stamp - 5 Cent Angel with Trumpet1965 was the fourth year that the US Postal Service issued a Christmas stamp. This 1965 Christmas stamp has a left-facing flying angel with a long thin trumpet. She has long wings and her feet are out behind her. Above it says 5c US Postage in red, and below it says CHRISTMAS in red. There is a plain white background.
This stamp is based on an actual item - an 1840 sheet-iron-and-copper weather vane originally on top of the People's Methodist Church in Newburyport, Massachusetts. In 2001 that original weathervane was sold to a private collector and is occasionally on exhibit at museums. The vane on top of the People's Methodist Church now is a replica of that original.
The image of the weathervane on the stamp is a watercolor by Lucille Gloria Chabot, which she made in 1937. That watercolor is now at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
The image is called the "Angel with Trumpet" by the USPS.
This is the Scott Catalogue #1276 Stamp. The stamp was issued on Nov. 2, 1965.
This stamp is reasonably common, and a mint copy is worth 40 cents.
Here are my images of this beautiful Christmas stamp!
The cancellation stamp on this third stamp reads "strike back at cancer - give - American Cancer Society"
1965 was a very special year for Walter, the man who collected these stamps, for it was the year his grandson Bob was born. This was the year when gas was 24 cents a gallon, you could buy a new home for just over $13,000, and Lyndon B. Johnson was president.
Because I have many copies of many of my stamps, feel free to contact me if you have an interest or swapping or buying one of these. I am quite happy to share my love of stamping with others!
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