U.S. Postal Service Launches Year of the Ram Stamp

Posted on February 18, 2015

Year of the Ram Forever stamp

The U.S. Postal Service has launched its Year of the Ram Forever stamp. The stamp celebrates the Lunar New Year. It is the eight entry in a series of stamps celebrating the Lunar New Year.

The stamp was launched at the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco, Calif. The stamp shows a a wooden candy tray known as a chuen-hop or Tray of Togetherness. Art director Ethel Kessler worked on the stamp with illustrator Kam Mak. Mak grew up in New York City's Chinatown. The artwork was originally created using oil paints.

Mak said in a statement, "One of my favorite Lunar New Year pastimes was to raid my grandmother's tray of togetherness with all of the wonderful treats inside. She would remind my sisters and I to save some for the visiting guests. People born under the Year of the Ram are artistically talented and have an appreciation for the fine arts. The artwork depicting the beautifully hand-lacquered tray of togetherness with the intricate inlay of flowers and bird, express these traits vividly."

The Chinese New Year - or Lunar New Year - begins on Feb. 19, 2015. People born in the Year of the Ram are linked with shyness, creativity and wisdom. There is a controversy with some saying it is the Year of the Goat or Year of the Sheep.

Photo: U.S. Postal Service