Condition: New, Mint
Grade: Never Hinged
Size: 1-1/8" x 1-5/8" (approx.)
The scan of this stamp does not do full justice to the fine
reproduction of a 1978 photographic fine art (silver bromide) print of a bride in prayer,
captured during her wedding ceremony by photographer W. C. "Bill" Porter.
The artistamp was released in late November 2007 by The Olathe Poste on cover for
the Christmas holiday season with matching holiday greeting card by the company to it's
customers. A quantity of 854 stamp/card combinations were mailed, postmarked
November 30, 2007, to U.S. addressees. A follow-up mailing to foreign customer addresses
(31 covers) occured on December 3, 2007 utilizing a pictorial Mailer's (MPP) postmark for
the season. The collectible covers bearing the Bride In Prayer stamp can be
authenticated with these two cancellation dates postmarked at Olathe, Colorado, USA.
Those collectors fortunate enough to have one of the U.S. first day covers in their
possession will note that the Bride In Prayer stamp is placed in the upper right hand
corner of the A7 envelope and "cancelled" with a special, holiday postmark
bearing the words "Season's Greetings" in large letters. While it would
appear that this decorative artistamp was used illegally to pay for services rendered by
the USPS as a First Class Mail piece, the observant will notice upon closer inspecton that
the postmark itself specifies that the postage fees for transit and delivery of the
company's 2007 Christmas card mailing was actually paid for under their Standard Mail
(bulk rate) Olathe, Colorado permit (permit number 5).
These collectible stamps are produced in the highest quality and in the time-honored
tradition of fine philatelic collectibles, in full color on archival quality
dry-gummed (moisture activated adhesive) paper.
Printed and perforated (U.S. Std. 12-67 ga.) in the
United States of America
The Olathe Poste, Olathe, Colorado
shown is representative of overall appearance of all the stamps available through this
offer. Centering may vary from stamp to stamp.
Artistamp - Topical - Religious
- Photography - Black & White - Art -
Christmas - Philately - Cinderella