What do Saint Nick and President William Howard Taft have in common this holiday season? Both are featured on new holiday ornaments that are being sold in select Post Offices, in the USA Philatelic catalog and on usps.com/store
“We expect these ornaments to be extremely popular this year — especially among collectors,” said Steven Mills, USPS manager, Retail Products. “The holidays represent that time of year when shoppers look for something unique to send to friends and loved ones. These ornaments can be bought and mailed in one simple trip to the Post Office.”
The Letters to Santa Holiday Ornament features a metal image of the 2012 Santa and Sleigh Forever stamps and celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Postal Service’s Letters to Santa program. It sells for $14.99.
The 2012 White House Holiday Ornament honors President William Howard Taft who introduced the automobile to the White House in 1909.
The ornament depicts President and Mrs. Taft driving in the White Motor Company’s Model M car en route to deliver Christmas presents. The ornament is highly polished brass with a coating of nickel finished in 24k gold.
Both ornaments were manufactured by ChemArt of Lincoln, Rhode Island.
A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is claimed to be the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation — 151 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes.