Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Road-Winter by Currier & Ives

A 10-cent Currier and Ives Christmas stamp was one of three holiday stamps issued by the United States Postal Service in 1974. The stamp is based on a Currier and Ives print entitled "The Road-Winter." Here it is on a Colorano Silk maximum card.

Currier and Ives was a American printmaking firm based in New York City from 1834–1907. It was headed by Nathaniel Currier (1813–1888) and James Merritt Ives (1824–1895).  The company produced many hand colored black and white lithographs based on paintings by fine artists. Lithographic prints could be reproduced quickly and inexpensively. The prints were advertised as "colored engravings for the people." (source: Wikipedia)

The postcard below is a reproduction of "The Road-Winter" from an original Currier and Ives print. This postcard was published by Hallmark.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps at Viridian's Postcard Blog


  1. They were certainly prolific.
    That horse seems to be racing!

  2. How nice! I'm glad to see design of Christmas stamps issued before I was born! :D Thank you for sharing this.

  3. This is a great stamp which I am pleased to have in my collection, The 1970s seems to have been a good time for Christmas stamps.

  4. I was on the road for Thanksgiving and it was snowy like this, and birds flying in formation above too! The mode of transport had changed considerably however.
    Thank you for participating.

  5. Can't beat Currier and Ives for beautiful scenery. Love that maxi-card!

  6. Such a beautiful maximum card! And I love the detail, those birds flying - which I didn't notice until Viridian's comment! Although there's no snow around here yet, we see a lot of birds traveling now, too. I love the idea that stamps and postcards like this one connect time, bridge more than a century.

  7. The stamp is so beautiful. I wonder why Christmas stamps in the past were so wonderful!


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