Inauguration Cachet

2021 Presidential Inauguration Collectible Available through USPS Postal Store

March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — Commemorate the 59th presidential inauguration with this souvenir envelope. The No. 10 envelope features portraits of President Joseph R. Biden and Vice President Kamala D. Harris, along with an illustration of the White House.

The envelope may be purchased for $12.95 on usps.com. The item number is 882158.

Postal Products

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 844-737-7826, by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.

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Release Dates, First-Day-of-Issue Locations Announced for Upcoming 2021 Stamps

March 17, 2021

Name of Stamp

Release, Ceremony Date

City

State

Espresso Drinks*

April 9

Seattle

WA

Heritage Breeds

May 17

Mount Vernon

VA

Mallard (stamped card)*

June 1

Fargo

ND

Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII**

June 3

Los Angeles

CA

Emilio Sanchez

June 10

Miami

FL

Sun Science

June 18

Greenbelt

MD

Yogi Berra

June 24

Little Falls

NJ

Mystery Message

July 14

Washington

DC

* No ceremony
** Virtual ceremony

Local COVID-19 restrictions may require virtual first-day-of-issue ceremonies or no ceremony at all. Virtual events will be posted on the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Additional information will be provided later.

Customers may preorder and purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.

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                                    New Droids Stamps

May the 4th Be With You

New Droids Stamps Celebrate STEM Education; Available May 4

March 4, 2021

What:

Technology plays a prominent role in the “Star Wars” films, most notably with the droids. The U.S. Postal Service will recognize the loveable machines from the “Star Wars” galaxy with 10 dazzling new character-inspired Forever stamps.

These droids are a nod to the commitment of Lucasfilm and its parent company, Disney, to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning and the continued collaboration between the “Star Wars: Force for Change” philanthropic initiative and global pre-K-12 nonprofit organization FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

Greg Breeding was the designer of the stamps and pane. William Gicker was the art director.

News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtags #StarWarsDroidsStamps and #DroidsStamps

Who:

Isaac Cronkhite, Chief Logistics and Processing Operations Officer and Executive Vice President, U.S. Postal Service

Disney/Lucasfilm representative(s) to be determined

When:

Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time/8 a.m. Pacific Time

Where:

A virtual dedication ceremony will be posted on the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Please visit usps.com/starwarsdroidsstamps for details.

A pictorial postmark of the designated first-day-of-issue city, Nicasio, CA, will be available at usps.com/shopstamps.

Background:

“Star Wars” droids — the beloved mechanical characters from a galaxy far, far away — are adored worldwide for their relatable, funny, quirky and sometimes emotional personalities. And they have entertained and inspired fans for more than four decades.

“Star Wars: Force for Change” and FIRST are working together to expand access to STEM learning to inspire more young people around the world, and to help them envision a brighter, more inclusive future.

Featured in a pane of 20 stamps, and arranged in staggered, horizontal rows, the stamps vary in size and depict 10 of the more well-known droids in the “Star Wars” universe — IG-11, R2-D2, K-2SO, D-O, L3-37, BB-8, a 2-1B surgical droid, a GNK (or Gonk) power droid, C-3P0 and C1-10P, otherwise known as Chopper.

Lucasfilm, the studio that created the “Star Wars” franchise, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021.

The “Star Wars” droids-inspired stamps are being issued as Forever stamps, which will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Preorders for the Droids Forever stamps can be made online at usps.com/stamps and by phone at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), beginning April 5.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.

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                                 Hairstreak Butterfly stamp

Colorado’s Hairstreak Butterfly Featured on New Stamp for Irregularly Shaped Cards

March 1, 2021

What:

The shimmering purple of the Colorado hairstreak butterfly will be commemorated by the U.S. Postal Service as the eighth stamp in the non-machineable butterfly stamp series.

The virtual dedication event for the Colorado Hairstreak stamp is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #ColoradoHairstreakstamps.

Who:

William D. Zollars, Board of Governors, U.S. Postal Service

Dr. Paul A. Opler, Professor, Department of Agricultural Biology, Colorado State University

When:

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. EST

Where:

The virtual stamp event will be hosted on the U.S. Postal Service Facebook and Twitter pages.

RSVP:

Please visit usps.com/cohairstreakbutterfly for details of the virtual stamp dedication ceremony.

Background:

Colorado’s state insect, the vibrant Colorado hairstreak, lives among oak trees in that state and the rest of the Four Corners states — Arizona, New Mexico and Utah — as well as eastern Nevada, southern Wyoming and northern Mexico.

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                                           Chien-Shiung Wu stamp

Nuclear Physicist Chien-Shiung Wu to be Honored on a U.S. Postal Service Commemorative Forever Stamp

Feb. 1, 2021

What:

The U.S. Postal Service will honor Professor Emerita Chien-Shiung Wu, one of the most influential nuclear physicists of the 20th century, with a commemorative Forever stamp.

News of the stamp is being shared with hashtags #ChienShiungWu and #ScientificWomen.

Who:

Kristin Seaver, chief retail and delivery officer and executive vice president, U.S. Postal Service

Jada Yuan, granddaughter of honoree and reporter for The Washington Post

Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics, Columbia University

When:

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, at 11 a.m. EST

Where:

The virtual stamp event will be hosted on the U.S. Postal Service Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information, visit usps.com/chienshiungwu.

A pictorial postmark of the First Day of Issue location in New York City is available at usps.com/stamps.

Background:

One of the most influential nuclear physicists of the 20th century, professor Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) was a determined advocate for women in science and made enormous contributions to the physical sciences, altering modern physical theory forever.

During a career that spanned more than 40 years in a field dominated by men, Wu established herself as the authority on conducting precise and accurate research to test fundamental theories of physics.

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                                         Lunar new year, year of the ox stamp

New Year, New Ox

Jan. 22, 2021

What:

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the Lunar New Year with the release of the Lunar New Year: Year of the Ox Forever stamp. The Year of the Ox begins Feb. 12, 2021, and ends Jan. 31, 2022.

News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #LunarNewYear and #LunarNewYearOx. 

Who:

Luke Grossmann, senior vice president of finance and strategy, U.S. Postal Service, will serve as dedicating official.

Patrick McShane, president, Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce

Judy Hsu, evening anchor, ABC 7 Chicago

When:

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, 11 a.m. CST

Background:

The Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and USPS are teaming up to host a virtual ceremony, which will be posted to the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Please visit usps.com/lunarnewyearox for additional information. Of interest to philatelists, the designated first-day-of-issue city for the stamp is Chicago.

The Year of the Ox is second in a new series of Lunar New Year stamps introduced in 2020. The mask on the stamp design incorporates elements with symbolic meaning. Several of the patterns were created with the style of Asian textiles in mind, as well as purple flowers that represent the arrival of spring, which Lunar New Year also signals in Chinese culture. The star in the center of the ox’s head references the celestial themes of the Chinese zodiac.

The stamp is being issued in panes of 20 as a Forever stamp, which will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp with original artwork by Camille Chew.

Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the year for many Asian communities around the world.

Known as Tet in Vietnam and the Spring Festival in China and elsewhere, Lunar New Year begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice and historically marks the arrival of spring. In communities across the United States, people shop for food and other supplies, hang decorations and ceremoniously clean their homes to welcome the new year with a fresh start.

Preorders for the Year of the Ox stamps can be made online at usps.com or by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).

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              Yogi Berra stamps      Ursula K. Le Guin stamp

“It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over”

Baseball Legend Yogi Berra Appearing on Upcoming Stamps

Jan. 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — Major League Baseball All-Star Yogi Berra was widely known for his colorful comments. Today, he receives a new distinction as the U.S. Postal Service announces several additional stamps to be issued in 2021 featuring him, science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin and artist Emilio Sanchez.

Additionally, the Postal Service commemorates sun science and tap dance and issues a new 2021 postcard featuring an illustration of a mallard drake.

All stamp designs are preliminary and subject to change. Additional details, including issue dates, will be announced later.

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                                          August Wilson stamp

Playwright August Wilson Takes Center Stage on U.S. Postal Service Commemorative Forever Stamp

Jan. 13, 2021

What:

The U.S. Postal Service will honor August Wilson with a commemorative Forever stamp in the Black Heritage series.

News of the stamp is being shared with hashtags #AugustWilsonForever and #BlackHeritageStamps.

Who:

Dr. Joshua D. Colin, vice president, Delivery Operations, U.S. Postal Service

Constanza Romero, trustee of the August Wilson Trust and widow of August Wilson

Sakina Ansari, daughter of August Wilson

When:

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. EST

Where:

The virtual stamp event will be hosted on the U.S. Postal Service Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information, visit usps.com/blackheritage-augustwilson.

A pictorial postmark of the First Day of Issue location in Pittsburgh is available at usps.com/stamps.

Background:

The 44th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors playwright August Wilson (1945-2005), who brought fresh perspectives and previously unheard voices to the American stage.

Between 1982 and 2005, Wilson wrote his acclaimed American Century Cycle. This series of 10 plays includes nine set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, the neighborhood where Wilson grew up. With one play for each decade of the 20th century, including such well-known works as “Fences,” “The Piano Lesson” and “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” the American Century Cycle plays have been praised for being emotionally powerful but not sentimental, and for demonstrating Wilson’s ear for African American storytelling traditions.

The only play in the cycle not set in Pittsburgh, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” chronicles a tense 1927 recording session in Chicago that reveals truths about the exploitation of African American musicians and the tenuous nature of African American success. The film adaptation of the play was released on Netflix last month.

Wilson was one of only a handful of American playwrights to receive the Pulitzer Prize more than once. Today, he is hailed as a trailblazer for helping to bring nonmusical African American drama to the forefront of American theater.

The new Forever stamp features an oil painting of Wilson based on a 2005 photograph. Behind him, a picket fence alludes to the title “Fences.”

Art director Ethel Kessler designed this stamp with art by Tim O’Brien.

It is being issued as a Forever stamp, which will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

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        Barns stamps   Brush Rabbits stamp   Castillo de San Marcos  stamp

USPS Will Issue New 2021 Stamps for Price Change

Additional ounce, Priority Mail and Postcard Stamps Available Jan. 24

Jan. 5, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service will release three new stamps as part of 2021 price change:
Barns, a 36-cent postcard stamp; Brush Rabbit, a 20-cent additional ounce stamp; and Castillo de San Marcos, a $7.95 Priority Mail stamp. The stamps will be available beginning Sunday, Jan. 24. There will be no national first-day-of-issue ceremony for these stamps.

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                         New LOVE series stamp

2021 Begins With Love

New Forever Stamps Available Jan. 14

Jan. 4, 2021

What:

The U.S. Postal Service continues its popular Love series with a new stamp in 2021. The first stamp in the series was issued in 1973. The latest one features a colorful and lighthearted digital illustration.

News of the stamp is being shared with hashtag #LoveStamps.

Who:

USPS Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President Pritha Mehra will serve as dedicating official.

When:

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. MST

Background:

The virtual stamp event will be posted on the Postal Service Facebook and Twitter pages. Please visit usps.com/lovestamps for details of the dedication ceremony.

The first-day-of-issue location for the stamp is Loveland, CO. The city’s Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Postal Service for more than 70 years for an internationally renowned Valentine Remailing Program. Every year, more than 100,000 valentines, packaged inside larger envelopes, are sent to Loveland, where volunteers handstamp them with a Valentine’s Day verse and send them on to the intended recipients. A contest is held each year for residents to submit their designs and verses.

There are many reasons to say “I love you” and countless ways to show you care. Sending a card to a loved one or friend is a special way to declare your affection, friendship, gratitude or devotion. Today, there is renewed enthusiasm for handwritten notes that express exactly how you feel.

The playful, graphic lettering on this stamp will add color and whimsy to your mailings, making it clear that thought and care have been lavished on the message, inside and out.

Love 2021 is being issued as a Forever stamp in panes of 20. Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Preorders for the Love 2021 stamp can be made online at usps.com and by phone at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).

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Release Dates, First-Day-of-Issue Locations Announced for Three 2021 Stamps

Dec. 4, 2020

Name of Stamp

Release Date

FDOI City

State

Love 2021

Thursday, Jan. 14

Loveland

CO

Year of the Ox (Lunar New Year)

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Chicago

IL

Chien-Shiung Wu

Thursday, Feb. 11

New York

NY

Virtual stamp dedication events will be held for these stamps on the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Additional information will be provided later.

Customers may preorder and purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.

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 Love stamp    Brush Rabbit stamp     Espresso Drinks stamps

Hello, 2021

U.S. Postal Service Announces Upcoming Stamps

Nov. 17, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service today revealed several new stamps to be issued in 2021.

“A handwritten letter shows the recipient how much you care. The stamp you choose to adorn your envelope adds an extra important touch,” said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Director William Gicker. “The new 2021 stamps are designed to look beautiful on your envelopes, to be educational and to appeal to collectors and pen pals around the world. As always, the program offers a variety of subjects celebrating American culture and history, and this year, we made a special effort to include a little fun.”

The 2021 stamp program commemorates Missouri statehood, Japanese Americans who fought in World War II and Chien-Shiung Wu, one of the most influential American nuclear physicists of the 20th century. Fun issuances include Western Wear, Backyard Games, Espresso Drinks, a stamp showcasing a visual riddle, and four Message Monster stamps with self-adhesive accessories. The program also includes Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses, the last of the popular Lighthouse stamp series.

This is a partial list of the 2021 stamp program. All stamp designs are preliminary and subject to change.

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                                                  Drug Free USA Forever Stamp

Miss America 2020 Attending Postal Service Ceremony For Drug Free USA Stamp Dedication Oct. 27

Oct. 21, 2020

What:

The U.S. Postal Service joins the Drug Enforcement Administration to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse with the release of the Drug Free USA stamp. The release coincides with Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31, promoting drug abuse prevention.

A pictorial postmark of the first-day-of-issue location, Arlington, VA, is available at usps.com/shopstamps.

News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #DrugFreeStamp.

Who:

Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Postal Service

Timothy Shea, acting administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration

Gary Barksdale, chief postal inspector, U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Peggy Sapp, president, National Family Partnership

Camille Schrier, Miss America 2020

When:

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. EDT

Where:

The stamp dedication ceremony will be livestreamed on the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The ceremony will not be open to the public to remain in compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be designated space for media covering the event.

Background:

Red Ribbon Week, which takes place in schools and communities nationwide every year from Oct. 23-31, helps parents as well as teachers, business owners and neighborhood organizations promote drug abuse awareness and prevention.

Participants wear a red ribbon or red to symbolize their dedication to preventing drug abuse. The annual campaign is sponsored by the National Family Partnership.

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                                          Christmas stamp features ‘Our Lady of Guápulo’

New Christmas Stamp Features ‘Our Lady of Guápulo’

Oct. 14, 2020

What:

The U.S. Postal Service will dedicate a Christmas stamp featuring a detail of “Our Lady of Guápulo,” an 18th-century oil painting.

News of the stamps is being shared with hashtags #ReligiousStamps and #ChristmasStamps.

Who:

Angela Curtis, vice president, Retail and Post Office Operations, U.S. Postal Service

Tey Marianna Nunn, director and chief curator, Art Museum and Visual Arts Program, National Hispanic Cultural Center

When:

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. EDT

Where:

The virtual stamp event will be hosted on the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information, visit usps.com/guapulo.

A pictorial postmark of the First Day of Issue location in New York City is available at usps.com/stamps.

Background:

This Christmas stamp features a detail of “Our Lady of Guápulo.” Painted in the 18th century by an unknown artist in Cuzco, Peru, “Our Lady of Guápulo” is from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Enrobed in a pyramidal gown speckled with jewels and holding a scepter woven with roses and leaves, a crowned Virgin Mary looks down at a similarly adorned Christ Child in her left arm. A red rosary ropes across the center of her dress and down to her right.

Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp.

It is being issued as a Forever stamp, which will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

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                    Winter Scenes Forever Stamps

New Stamps Showcase Winter Scenes

Oct. 9, 2020

What:

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the beauty and serenity of the snowy winter season with the new Winter Scenes stamps.

A pictorial postmark of the first-day-of-issue location, Winter Park, FL, is available at usps.com/stamps.

News of these Forever stamps is being shared with the hashtag #WinterScenesStamps.

Who:

USPS Delivery Operations Vice President Joshua Colin will serve as dedicating official.

When:

Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, 11 a.m. EDT

Where:

The virtual stamp event will be posted on the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Please visit usps.com/winterscenes for event information.

Background:

In the United States, winter officially begins on Dec. 21 or 22. But in some parts of the country, the snow begins falling and the temperatures plummet long before the solstice. Winter is not only a season but also a state of mind.

With Winter Scenes, the 10 photographs featured on the stamps showcase the special allure of winter with iconic scenes from the Northern United States. The stamps are being issued as Forever stamps in booklets of 20.

Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps with existing images taken by various photographers.

These beautiful stamps will add brightness, color and a bit of that winter joy to cards and letters throughout the year.

Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

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                                      Kwanzaa 2020 Forever Stamp

New Stamp Celebrates Kwanzaa

Oct. 5, 2020

What:

The U.S. Postal Service announces a new stamp to celebrate Kwanzaa, which honors values and beliefs around African American heritage.

This annual holiday, which takes place over seven days from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, brings family, community and culture together for many African Americans.

A pictorial postmark of the First Day of Issuance location Nashville, TN is available at usps.com/stamps.

News of the stamp is being shared with hashtag #KwanzaaStamps.

Who:

Pritha Mehra, acting chief information officer and executive vice president, USPS

Linda Hazel Humes, adjunct assistant professor, Africana Studies Department, John Jay College  

Sanga of the Valley, musician

When:

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, at 11 a.m. EDT

Where:

A virtual stamp dedication ceremony for the Kwanzaa stamp will be posted on the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Please visit usps.com/kwanzaa for details of the event.

Background:

Kwanzaa is a festive time for rejoicing in the prospect of health, prosperity and good luck in the coming year. It is also a time for contemplation and recollection of past hardships, faced by individuals and communities, and the ways history can inform and impact future happiness.

The Kwanzaa stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp in a pane of 20. Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

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                                    New stamp celebrates Hanukkah

New Stamp Celebrates Hanukkah

Sept. 29, 2020

What:

The U.S. Postal Service announces a new stamp dedicated to the festive Jewish holiday Hanukkah.

Families come together each year to celebrate Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights. In 2020, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Dec. 10.

News of the stamp is being shared with hashtag #HanukkahStamps.

Who:

USPS Controller and Vice President Cara Greene

Union for Reform Judaism Senior Vice President Emeritus Rabbi Lennard Thal

Artist Jing Jing Tsong

When:

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at 11 a.m. EDT

Where:

A virtual stamp dedication ceremony for the Hanukkah stamp will be posted on the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Please visit usps.com/hanukkah for details of the event.

Why:

The stamp art’s colorful digital illustration shows the lighting of the hanukiah on the last evening of Hanukkah. Artist Jing Jing Tsong chose her colors intentionally to evoke Hanukkah traditions as seen through the eyes of children.

The darker blue colors in the background symbolize winter, while the brightly colored flaming candles reflect the spirit and warmth of sharing the holiday traditions.

The Hanukkah stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp in a pane of 20. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

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                                           Holiday Delights Forever stamp

Forever Stamp Provides Bold Color for the Holiday Season

Sept. 18, 2020

What:

A new Forever stamp, Holiday Delights, will be issued by the U.S. Postal Service. This stamp draws on vintage ornaments and Scandinavian folk art to create unique digital illustrations of four holiday icons.

News of the stamp is being shared with hashtags #HolidayDelightsStamp and #HolidayStamps.

Who:

Michael J. Elston, Secretary of the Board of Governors, United States Postal Service

When:

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. EDT

Where:

A virtual dedication ceremony will be posted on the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The dedication location is connected with Christmas: Frankenmuth. It is the home of Bronner’s, the largest Christmas store in the world, and is a Bavarian-rooted town with lots of holiday-related activities.

Please visit usps.com/Holidays for details of the virtual stamp dedication ceremony.

Background:

Illustrator Kirsten Ulve used a traditional palette of red, green and white, and channeled her love of Christmas, vintage ornaments and Scandinavian folk art to create unique digital illustrations of four holiday icons: a prancing reindeer with antlers; an ornament tied with a bow and ready to hang; a tree topped with a star; and a stocking holding a teddy bear and a sprig of holly. “Forever” and “USA” appear along the stamp’s edge. Art director Antonio Alcalá was the stamp designer.

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                                         Alzheimer semipostal fundraising Forever stamp

Alzheimer’s Semipostal Fundraising Stamp Returning

Stamp Sales Resume, Oct. 5

Sept. 4, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service is resuming sale of the Alzheimer’s Semipostal fundraising stamp Oct. 5 resulting from rule changes announced in today’s Federal Register.

The Semipostal Authorization Act grants the Postal Service authority to issue and sell semipostal fundraising stamps to advance causes deemed to be “in the national public interest and appropriate.”

Before the rule change, the Postal Service was permitted to offer only one semipostal stamp of its choosing for a two-year period, in addition to any semipostal stamps mandated by Congress. The change eliminates this restriction, allowing USPS to resume the sale of the Alzheimer’s semipostal stamp, which debuted in 2017.

The Federal Register’s Sept. 4 edition has more information.

The price of the stamp includes the First-Class Mail single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase plus an amount to fund Alzheimer’s research. By law, revenue from sales of the Alzheimer’s Semipostal stamp — minus the postage paid and the reimbursement of reasonable costs incurred by the Postal Service — will be distributed to the National Institutes of Health, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Ethel Kessler served as art director for the stamp, while artist Matt Mahurin created the design.

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                                       Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor Forever stamp

U.S. Postal Service Celebrates the Arrival of the Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor Forever Stamp on Sept. 17

Sept. 2, 2020

What:

The U.S. Postal Service marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of 102 English passengers in 1620 on the Mayflower off the coast of Plymouth, MA, with the dedication of the Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor Forever stamp.

News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #MayflowerStamp.

Who:

Kristin Seaver, chief retail and delivery officer and executive vice president, U.S. Postal Service

When:

Thursday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. EDT.

Where:

The virtual stamp event will be hosted on the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information, visit usps.com/mayflower.

Background:

On Dec. 16, 1620, a ship that carried 102 English passengers completed a perilous voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from Plymouth, England, and anchored offshore of today’s Plymouth, MA. The Mayflower’s passengers would become known to us as Pilgrims, and the story of their settlement in America would inspire future generations and become part of the larger story of the nation’s founding ideals.

The Pilgrims’ story is intertwined with the story of the Wampanoag — People of the First Light — who made an alliance with the Pilgrims and forged a treaty with them that maintained relative peace for more than 50 years. The Pilgrims might not have survived their first year without the help and advice of the Wampanoag, with whom they celebrated their first harvest in the fall of 1621.

The Mayflower Compact, Plymouth Rock, Thanksgiving — all became part of the enduring legacy of this tiny band of settlers we honor on the 400th anniversary.

Artist Greg Harlin illustrated the stamp, using a combination of watercolor, gouache and acrylics, with some digital refining to convey a scene of desolate beauty at the end of the Pilgrims’ harrowing journey to an unfamiliar world.

Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp and pane.

The Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp, which will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

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                                       A new Forever stamp, 19th Amendment: Women Vote

Forever Stamp Honors Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

Aug 14, 2020

What:

A new Forever stamp, 19th Amendment: Women Vote, will be issued by the U.S. Postal Service. This stamp commemorates the centennial celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote.

News of the stamp is being shared with hashtags #WomenVoteStamps and #19thAmendmentStamps.

Who:

USPS Chief Commerce and Business Solutions Officer Jacqueline Krage Strako

Women’s Rights National Historical Park acting superintendent Andrea DeKoter

Historian Coline Jenkins-Sahlin, a descendant of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

When:

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. EDT

Where:

The virtual stamp event, part of the Women's Rights National Historical Park Equality Weekend, will be posted on the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Please visit usps.com/19thamendment for details of the virtual stamp dedication ceremony.

Background:

Inspired by historic photographs, the stamp art features a stylized illustration of suffragists marching in a parade or other public demonstration. The clothes they wear and the banners they bear display the official colors of the National Woman’s Party — purple, white and gold.

More than 70 years in the making, the 19th Amendment was added to the Constitution on Aug. 26, 1920.

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     Innovation Forever Stamps      Thank You Forever Stamps

U.S. Postal Service Premieres Two New Stamp Issuances

Stamp Show to Host Dedication Ceremonies for Innovation and Thank You Forever Stamps

Aug 12, 2020

What:

The U.S. Postal Service will dedicate stamps in two new sets, one celebrating the American spirit of innovation and the second offering expressions of thanks.

News of these Forever stamps is being shared with the hashtags #InnovationStamps and #ThankYouStamps.

Where:

Separate events for these designs will be held during the American Philatelic Society Virtual Stamp Show and will be posted on the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Please visit usps.com/innovations and usps.com/thankyou for details of the virtual stamp dedication ceremonies.

When:

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at 2 p.m. EDT

Innovation Forever Stamps

Dedicating official: Acting Chief Customer and Marketing Officer Steven Monteith

Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, at 2 p.m. EDT

Thank You Forever Stamps

Dedicating official: Chief Commerce and Business Solutions Officer Jacqueline Krage Strako

Background:

Innovation stamps feature five new stamp designs in a pane of 20, showcasing fields in which U.S. scientists and engineers have made significant contributions that have touched lives around the world.

Each stamp design features a photograph of a subject representing Computing, Biomedicine, Genome Sequencing, Robotics and Solar Technology. The word INNOVATION overlays each image in a holographic foil.

Thank You stamps will add visual appeal to notes, cards and letters of thanks to acknowledge a favor, an act of kindness, a job well done or gifts received for any occasion.

The words “Thank You” are highlighted in gold foil in cursive script. An elegant floral design swirls through and around the words. Each of the four stamps features a background color of soft maroon, muted green, grayish blue and purple.

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                           Ruth Asawa art Forever Stamps

U.S. Postal Service Honors Sculptor and Arts Education Advocate Ruth Asawa With Forever Stamps

Aug 6, 2020

What:

The U.S. Postal Service will dedicate stamps honoring pioneering Japanese American artist Ruth Asawa (1926-2013), who is perhaps best known for her intricate abstract wire sculptures.

News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtag #RuthAsawaStamps.

Who:

Sharon Owens, vice president, Pricing and Costing, U.S. Postal Service

George Takei, trustee, chair emeritus of the board of trustees and founding member, Japanese American National Museum

Jonathan Laib, director, David Zwirner

When:

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. EDT

Where:

The virtual stamp event will be hosted on the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information, visit usps.com/asawastamps.

Background:

Inspired by natural elements such as plants, snail shells, spiderwebs, insect wings and water droplets, Ruth Asawa transformed industrial material into transparent and seemingly weightless works of art that challenged traditional definitions of sculpture. When shown together, her sculptures can evoke an undersea domain, a magical upside-down world or an environment all their own. A tireless advocate of community-based arts education, she is also acclaimed for her drawings, paintings, prints and large public projects.

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Something for Everyone This Coming Holiday Season

Five New 2020 Forever Stamps Announced

July 28, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The 2020 holiday season will be here before you know it. In that spirit, the U.S. Postal Service today revealed five new Forever holiday stamps. Details about the issue dates will be announced later. All images are preliminary and are subject to change prior to printing. USPS is also announcing holiday favorites from years past that will continue to be available. 

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                 Bugs Bunny Forever stampsheet

Bugs Bunny Stamps Now Available Nationwide

Forever Stamps Celebrate ’Wascally Wabbit‘ who has gleefully foiled foes and delighted cartoon audiences for 80 years.

July 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service issued the Bugs Bunny commemorative Forever stamps today, the character’s 80th birthday. The Bugs Bunny stamps were dedicated in a virtual ceremony and are now being sold at Post Office locations nationwide and online at usps.com/bugsbunny80.

“It’s a special privilege to celebrate the 80th anniversary of one of the most popular and iconic characters in history”, said dedicating official Kristin Seaver, chief information officer and executive vice president, U.S. Postal Service. “Bugs is both timeless and timely, a quick-change artist who can get out of a jam, win any battle, through his wits and clever disguises. He simply summons up whatever talent, costume or personality is needed to escape every perilous situation.”

Seaver was joined for the ceremony by Pete Browngardt, executive producer of “Looney Tunes Cartoons,” and Alex Kirwan, supervising producer of “Looney Tunes Cartoons.” The virtual stamp event can be viewed on the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

The stamp artwork was developed in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, featuring work from Warner Bros. Animation artists. The stamps show iconic moments of Bugs Bunny’s career. The Warner Bros. Animation artists also created the sketches on the back of the stamp pane. Greg Breeding was the designer, and William J. Gicker served as art director for the Postal Service.

The Bugs Bunny pane of 20 stamps will be issued as Forever stamps, meaning they will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1‑ounce price. News of the stamps is being shared on social media using the hashtags #BugsBunnyStamps and #BugsBunny80.

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                        Fruits & Vegetables Stamps

Celebrating Fruits and Vegetables

U.S. Postal Service’s New Stamps Savor the Flavor of America’s Produce

July 10, 2020

What:

The U.S. Postal Service captures the classic beauty of still-life paintings with the release of stamps featuring 10 different images of fruits and vegetables. Each stamp features a different arrangement: red and black plums, heirloom and cherry tomatoes, carrots, lemons, blueberries, red and green grapes, lettuces, strawberries, eggplants, and figs.

News about the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #FruitsandVegetablesStamps #ProduceStamps.

Who:

Isaac Cronkhite, USPS chief human resources officer and executive vice president

Nichole Greene-Jenkins, executive director of Capitol Market in Charleston, WV. The historic farmers’ market and retail establishment is built on the site of a railroad depot dating back to the late 1800’s.

When:

Friday, July 17, at 11 a.m. EDT

Where:

The virtual stamp event utilizing the historic Capitol Market as backdrop will be posted on the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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                                                     Hip Hop Forever stamps

Pump Up the Volume!

USPS and The Universal Hip Hop Museum to Host Virtual Dedication Ceremony for Hip Hop Stamps

June 25, 2020

What:

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the hip-hop movement with new Forever stamps.  

Since its inception more than four decades ago, the electrifying music, dance and art of hip-hop have profoundly influenced American and global popular culture.

This pane of 20 stamps features four elements of hip-hop: MCing (rapping), b-boying (break dancing), DJing and graffiti art. The bold, digitally tinted images on the stamps are intended to appear in motion. There are five stamps of each design. The words “Forever,” “USA,” “Hip Hop” and the name of the element featured appear across the top of each stamp. The stamps are highlighted with a vivid yellow, green, red and black color scheme. The title of the stamp issuance, printed in red and black, is centered on the top of the pane.

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps, which feature photographs by Cade Martin.

Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtag #HipHopPostageStamps.

About The Universal Hip Hop Museum

Anchored in the birthplace of hip-hop, The Universal Hip Hop Museum is the official museum of hip-hop founded by its pioneers. The museum celebrates and preserves the history of local and global hip-hop music and culture from the past, present and future. The museum was built as a space for audiences, artists and technology to converge and create unparalleled educational and entertainment experiences. Visit The [R]Evolution of Hip Hop, a sneak peek immersive journey through history as the museum gears up to officially open its doors in 2023. For more information visit www.UHHM.org

Who:

Gary Barksdale, chief postal inspector, U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Rocky Bucano, executive director, The Universal Hip Hop Museum          

Kurtis Blow, legendary hip-hop artist

When:

Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 11:00 a.m. ET

Where:

The virtual stamp event will be posted on the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

How to View:

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                                The Great Outdoors Forever stamp sheet

U.S. Postal Service Announces Virtual Dedication Ceremony for Enjoy the Great Outdoors Stamps

June 12, 2020

What:

The Postal Service celebrates the many ways we appreciate the natural world with a virtual event on Facebook and Twitter to introduce the Enjoy the Great Outdoors stamps. These Forever stamps will be released June 13 in panes of 20.

News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtag #GreatOutdoorsStamps.

These stamps will be available for purchase at Post Office locations nationwide and at usps.com/outdoors.

Who:

John M. Barger, U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors 

David Vela, deputy director, National Park Service, exercising the authority of the director

What:

The virtual stamp event will be posted on the Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

When:

Saturday, June 13, 11 a.m. EDT.

How to View:

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Dedication Ceremonies Canceled for Enjoy the Great Outdoors Forever Stamps and Hip Hop Forever Stamps

These stamps will still be available for purchase on June 13 and July 1.

May 28, 2020Hip Hop Forever Stamps

Great Outdoors Forever Stamps


The U.S. Postal Service is canceling the dedication ceremonies for the Enjoy the Great Outdoors Forever stamps and the Hip Hop Forever stamps, previously announced April 21, due to social distancing guidance during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Enjoy the Great Outdoors Forever stamps will still be available for purchase June 13, 2020, and Hip Hop Forever stamps will go on sale July 1, 2020. A follow-up announcement for the stamps will be made prior to the release date.

Customers may purchase these stamps through the Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic and at Post Office locations nationwide.

Requests for first-day-of-issue postmarks and first-day covers will be processed by:

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

United States Postal Service Announces Release Dates for Upcoming Stamps

April 21, 2020

Name of Stamp

Release Date

City

State

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Saturday, June 13

Incline Village

NV

Hip Hop

Wednesday, July 1

New York

NY

Fruits & Vegetables

Friday, July 17

Charleston

WV

Ruth Asawa

Thursday, Aug. 13

San Francisco

CA

Thank You

Friday, Aug. 21

Hartford

CT

19th Amendment: Women Vote

Wednesday, Aug. 26

Seneca Falls

NY

Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor

Thursday, Sept. 17

Plymouth

MA

Note: The Postal Service is following social distancing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health departments to determine if dedication ceremonies will be held for these stamps. The ability to hold a ceremony will depend on the federal, state and local health guidelines in place at the time.

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            Boutonniere Forever StampCorsage Forever Stamp

Save the Date: Boutonniere and Corsage Stamps Arrive in April

New Stamps Perfect for Mailing Wedding and Other Invitations

Mar. 2, 2020

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service introduces two stamps for many of life’s special moments. The Contemporary Boutonniere Forever stamp and the Garden Corsage 2-ounce stamp form a natural pair.

The first-day-of-issue event for these stamps is free and open to the public. News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtags #BoutonniereStamp and #CorsageStamp.

Who:

David E. Williams, chief operating officer and executive vice president, U.S. Postal Service

When:

Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 11 a.m. ET

Where:

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

6220 Old LaGrange Road

Crestwood, KY 40014

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/boutonnierecorsage.

Background:

These new stamps reflect the organic style popular for today’s floral designs. Photographs of a boutonniere and corsage were used as the artwork for these chic stamps.

The Contemporary Boutonniere stamp is well suited for RSVP envelopes included inside wedding invitations. It is also a perfect touch for thank-you notes and announcements, in addition to regular correspondence. The 2-ounce Garden Corsage stamp can accommodate the weight of heavy invitations, oversize greeting cards, and mailings that require extra postage.

The flower arrangements in both of these designs create beautiful botanical presentations.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.

                   Maine Statehood Forever Stamp

U.S. Postal Service to Issue Maine Statehood Forever Stamp March 15

Feb. 24, 2020

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 200th anniversary of Maine statehood with a new Forever stamp. Maine became the 23rd state on March 15, 1820.

The picturesque rocky coastline of Maine has long inspired the imagination of writers and artists. American painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967) was among the many prominent artists who sought the tranquility of the state’s coastal towns during the summer. His painting “Sea at Ogunquit” (1914) captures the rugged beauty so characteristic of Maine and is being represented on the stamp, which art director Derry Noyes designed.

The stamp dedication event will be part of the Maine Statehood Day Ceremony activities. 

Who:

Michael J. Elston, Secretary of the Board of Governors, U.S. Postal Service

Janet Mills, Governor, State of Maine

Matthew Dunlap, Secretary of State, Maine

When:

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 1 p.m. EDT

Where:

Augusta Armory

179 Western Ave.

Augusta, ME 04330

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/mainestatehood.

Background:

Maine celebrates its bicentennial in 2020, but its history of human habitation dates back some 12,000 years to the earliest Native Americans, who are now part of the Wabanaki Confederacy. During the Colonial period, Maine territory was disputed between Massachusetts Bay Colony and French Acadia, who sought allies among and warred against Native Americans. Following the Revolutionary War and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, the District of Maine remained part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Maine became an independent state on March 15, 1820. Portland, the state’s largest city then and now, served as the capital until 1827 when the seat of government moved to Augusta, a more geographically central location.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.

              Wild Orchids Forever Stamp

U.S. Postal Service to Issue Wild Orchids Forever Stamp Feb. 21

Jan. 21, 2020

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the beauty of Wild Orchids with stamps of flowers that grow in the United States. The stamp art highlights photos taken by photographer Jim Fowler. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps.

Each stamp features a photograph of one of these nine species: Cypripedium californicum, Hexalectris spicata, Cypripedium reginae, Spiranthes odorata, Triphora trianthophoros, Platanthera grandiflora, Cyrtopodium polyphyllum, Calopogon tuberosus, and Platanthera leucophaea. Within the booklet, each stamp design is featured twice. The Wild Orchids stamps will be issued with 10 stamp designs in booklets of 20 and coils of 3,000 and 10,000.

The stamp dedication ceremony is free and open to the public. News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtags #OrchidStamps and #FlowerStamps.

Who:

Jakki Krage Strako, U.S. Postal Service chief customer and marketing officer and executive vice president

When:

Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, 11 a.m. EST

Where:

The American Orchid Society Library at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10901 Old Cutler Road

Coral Gables, FL 33156

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/wildorchids.

Background:

Orchids are beloved by plant experts and casual flower lovers alike for their gorgeous colors, unusual look and delicate features.

Part of the largest family of plants on Earth, orchids grow in many climates and thrive under a variety of conditions. There are more than 30,000 species of wild orchids in the world, with more than 100 species native to North America.

Many orchids native to North America are endangered or threatened, making sightings in their natural environment increasingly rare. These striking flowers are native to damp woodlands and numerous organizations across the country are working to preserve their habitats. Orchids also thrive in cultivated gardens or as houseplants.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.

               Let's Celebrate Forever stamp

A New Stamp to Celebrate

U.S. Postal Service Says “Let’s Celebrate!” with Forever Stamp

Jan. 16, 2020

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What:

In February 2020, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Let’s Celebrate! stamp for any joyous occasion. Whether celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, a new job or retirement, this stamp will help mark the occasion.

News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #CelebrationStamp.

Who:

Janice Walker, vice president, Corporate Communications, U.S. Postal Service

When:

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, 1 p.m. Mountain Time

Where:

Aripex 2020 Stamp Show

Mesa Convention Center

263 North Center Street

Mesa, AZ 85201-6628

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/celebrationstamps.

Background:

Like a burst of confetti, Let’s Celebrate! adds an extra dash of color to celebratory greeting cards, invitations and gift-bearing envelopes and packages.

The Let’s Celebrate! stamp features colorful circles in varying sizes arranged in a random pattern. The letters in “celebrate,” cast in a dark green hue, appear inside several brightly colored circles. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.

Let’s Celebrate! is being issued as a Forever stamp, which will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic catalog or at Post Office locations nationwide.

                           Golfer Arnold Palmer Forever stamp

Legendary Golfer Arnold Palmer to be Honored With Stamp at PGA Tour Tournament Event

Jan. 15, 2020

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service will dedicate a stamp honoring golfer Arnold Palmer (1929–2016), who rose from humble beginnings to become a champion.

The stamp dedication ceremony at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard is open to ticketholders. Limited tickets are available for philatelic media available upon request. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #ArnoldPalmerForever.

For more information, visit usps.com/arnoldpalmer.

Who:

The Honorable Roman Martinez IV, U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors

When:

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 11:15 a.m. EST

Where:

Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard

Bay Hill Club & Lodge

9000 Bay Hill Blvd.

Orlando, FL 32819

Background:

The U.S. Postal Service will dedicate a stamp honoring golfer Arnold Palmer (1929–2016), who rose from humble beginnings to become a champion. With drive and charisma, he helped transform a game once seen as a pastime for the elite into a sport enjoyed by the masses.

During a nearly decade-long period beginning in 1958, Palmer led the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) Tour in yearly money winnings four times; won the Vardon Trophy, awarded to the player with the lowest scoring average, four times; and twice earned PGA Player of the Year honors. In 1964, he won his seventh and final major. The six U.S. Ryder Cup teams of which he was a member won the biennial international competition. He captained the team twice, first as a player in 1963, then in 1975. Overall, Palmer won 62 PGA Tour events, the fifth-most of all time, and 92 tournaments worldwide.

The stamp features James Drake’s action photograph of Palmer at the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD. Palmer’s name appears in the top left corner and the words “Forever” and “USA” are printed along the bottom of the left edge.
Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.
The Arnold Palmer stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp, which will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Postal Products:

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.

U.S. Postal Service to Issue New Presorted Star and Global Stamps

Dec. 30, 2019

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today revealed two additions to the 2020 stamp program: Presorted Star, a convenient stamp for large-volume mailers, and Chrysanthemum (Global), an international rate stamp.

Presort Star stamp

Presorted Star
In 2020, the Postal Service will offer the Presorted Star stamp, sold in self-adhesive coils of 3,000 and 10,000, intended for use by business mailers. This new stamp celebrates the beloved American Stars and Stripes by focusing on its vital components. The asymmetrical design includes one large white star, two white and three red stripes, and a brilliant blue background, as well as lettering and three small stars in gold. Greg Breeding was the art director and Matthew Pamer was the designer for the stamp. It will be issued Feb. 3. No dedication event is planned.

Chrysanthemum Global stamp

Chrysanthemum (Global)
Chrysanthemum is a new Global Forever international rate stamp that can be used to mail a 1-ounce letter to any country where First-Class Mail International service is available. The stamp is round and features a photograph of a pink chrysanthemum on a white background. Taken from above, the photograph highlights the intricate beauty of the bloom. The art director was William J. Gicker. Greg Breeding designed the stamp with an existing photograph by Hong Vo. This stamp will be issued April 24 in Burlingame, CA. Details about the dedication event will be announced at a later date.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.

Information on ordering first-day-of-issue postmarks and covers is at usps.com/shop.

                    Gwen Ifill Black Heritage Forever stamp

U.S. Postal Service Issuing Gwen Ifill Black Heritage Forever Stamp Jan. 30

Dec. 23, 2019

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What:

The 43rd stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Gwen Ifill, one of the nation’s most esteemed journalists. The stamp art features a photo of Ifill taken in 2008 by photographer Robert Severi. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

The Gwen Ifill stamp will be issued in panes of 20.

The stamp dedication ceremony is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #GwenIfillForever and #BlackHeritageStamps.

Who:

Ronald A. Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General, U.S. Postal Service and Dedicating Official

When:

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, at 11 a.m. EST

Where:

Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church

1518 M Street NW

Washington, DC 20005

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/gwenifillblackheritage.

Background:

Gwen Ifill was among the first African Americans to hold prominent positions in both broadcast and print journalism.

After graduating from college in 1977, Ifill worked at The Boston Herald American, The Baltimore Evening Sun, The Washington Post and The New York Times. In 1994, she took a broadcast job at NBC, where she covered politics in the DC bureau. Five years later, she joined PBS; she became the senior political correspondent for“The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”and moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” — the first woman and first African American to moderate a major television news-analysis show.

In 2013, she became co-anchor of the “PBS NewsHour,”part of the first all-female team to anchor a national nightly news program. Ifill died in 2016.

Among Ifill’s honors were the Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award (2006), Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center’s Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism (2009) and induction into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame (2012). In 2015, she was awarded the Fourth Estate Award by the National Press Club. She received numerous honorary degrees and served on the boards of the News Literacy Project and the Committee to Protect Journalists, which renamed its Press Freedom Award in her honor.

The 2016 John Chancellor Award was posthumously awarded to Ifill by the Columbia Journalism School. In 2017, the Washington Press Club Foundation and the “PBS NewsHour” created a journalism fellowship named for Ifill. Her alma mater, Simmons University, opened the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities in 2018.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.

                  Made of Hearts Love Forever stamp

Love Stamp is Made of Hearts

Dec. 20, 2019

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What:

Made of Hearts, the latest stamp in the U.S. Postal Service’s Love series, will be issued next month in time for Valentine’s Day. The Forever stamp features horizontal lines of red and pink hearts on a white background.

The first-day-of-issue event for the Made of Hearts Forever stamp is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #LoveStamps.

Who:

David E. Williams, chief operating officer and executive vice president, U.S. Postal Service

When:

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at 11 a.m. CST

Where:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

501 St Jude Place

Memphis, TN 38105

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/lovestamps.

Background:

These new stamps from the U.S. Postal Service will deliver your message in style. Hearts are used to signify more than romantic or eternal love. Hearts are universally understood to symbolize devotion, affection and love.

While issued for use at Valentine’s Day, these stamps need no special holiday. This stamp is just right for thank-you notes, get well cards or any occasion when love is the perfect message.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.

U.S. Postal Service to Issue New Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express Stamps

Big Bend and Grand Island Ice Caves Featured on Stamps

Dec. 12, 2019

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today revealed two additions to the 2020 Stamp Program: Big Bend and Grand Island Ice Caves. Both stamps will be released on Saturday Jan. 18, 2020. There will be no national first-day-of-issue ceremony for these stamps. Details on obtaining first-day-of-issue cancellations will be announced in a future Postal Bulletin issue.

These stamps are a convenient way for customers to pay for Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express Flat Rate shipping with a single stamp. Priority Mail is a fast domestic service that includes flat rate shipping in one, two or three business days based on where your package starts and where it’s being sent. Priority Mail Express is the fastest domestic service, with limited exceptions; available 365 days a year, with a money-back guarantee and delivery shipping to most U.S. addresses, including PO Boxes.

Big Bend Priority Mail stamp

Big Bend

With this Priority Mail stamp, the Postal Service celebrates the beauty of the Big Bend region in West Texas, where river, mountain and desert ecosystems coexist in its vast expanses. The stamp art depicts the Rio Grande flowing between the sheer limestone cliffs of Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.


Priority Mail Express Grand Island Ice Caves stamp

Grand Island Ice Caves

With this new Priority Mail Express stamp, the Postal Service celebrates the winter beauty of the Grand Island Ice Caves in Lake Superior. Located near Munising on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Grand Island is marked by massive sandstone bluffs. Impressive in any season, the bluffs are especially dramatic in winter when lake water seeps into the crevices and caverns, forming magnificent ice curtains and icicles that hang like stalactites from ceilings. The stamp art features a colorful illustration of how one of these ever-changing ice caves might appear from the inside looking out toward the west at sunset. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.

Information on ordering first-day-of-issue postmarks and covers is at usps.com/shop.

                         Lunar New Year - Year of the Rat stamp

Stamp of New Beginnings

USPS to Issue Lunar New Year Forever Stamp Celebrating Year of the Rat

Dec. 11, 2019

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the Lunar New Year with the release of the Year of the Rat Forever stamp. The Year of the Rat begins Jan. 25, 2020, and ends Feb. 11, 2021.

The stamp features a rat mask that calls to mind the elaborately decorated masks used in the dragon dance, a hallmark of Lunar New Year parades. The mask is mostly blue, which is said to be one of the lucky colors for individuals born during the Year of the Rat, and incorporates elements with symbolic meaning. Several of the patterns were created with the style of Asian textiles, and the circle in the center of the rat’s head represents the new moon on which the Lunar New Year begins. The yellow motif atop the rat’s head, similar to a crown, highlights the importance of the animal’s position as the first of the 12 zodiac animal signs associated with the lunar calendar. A pop of red, another lucky color, ties the design to other common celebratory decorations.

News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #LunarNewYear.

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp with original artwork by Camille Chew.

Who:

Luke Grossmann, senior vice president of finance and strategy, stamp ceremony’s dedicating official, U.S. Postal Service.

When:

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, 11 a.m. PST

Where:

Lunar New Year Festival 2020 in Monterey Park

Garvey Avenue, between Garfield and Alhambra avenues

Monterey Park, CA 91754

RSVP:

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not necessary.

Background:

Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the year for many Asian communities around the world and is primarily celebrated by people of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan, Mongolian, Malaysian and Filipino heritage.

Known as Tet in Vietnam and the Spring Festival in China and elsewhere, Lunar New Year begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice and historically marks the arrival of spring. In communities across the United States, people shop for food and other supplies, hang decorations and ceremonially clean their homes and streets to welcome the new year with a fresh start. Filled with symbolic meaning, the colors red and gold appear everywhere during this auspicious time of year. Red is considered very lucky, while gold is said to bring wealth.

Postal Products:

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide. Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1‑ounce price. Information on ordering first-day-of-issue postmarks and covers is at usps.com/shopstamps under “Collectors.”

Dates, Locations for 2020 Stamp Releases, Dedication Ceremonies

Dec. 10, 2019

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Name of Stamp

Release, Ceremony Date

City

State

Lunar New Year: Year of the Rat

Saturday, Jan. 11

Monterey Park

CA

Love: Made of Hearts

Thursday, Jan. 23

Memphis

TN

Black Heritage: Gwen Ifill

Thursday, Jan. 30

Washington

DC

Let’s Celebrate!

Friday, Feb. 14

Mesa

AZ

Wild Orchids

Friday, Feb. 21

Coral Gables

FL

Maine Statehood

Saturday, March 14

Augusta

ME

Contemporary Boutonniere & Garden Corsage

Thursday, April 2

Crestwood

KY

Earth Day

Saturday, April 18

Denver

CO

American Gardens

Wednesday, May 13

Winterthur

DE

Voices of the Harlem Renaissance

Thursday, May 21

New York

NY

Additional information about the availability of these stamps and dedication ceremonies will be provided later.

               Healing PTSD Semipostal Fundraising Stamp

U.S. Postal Service Issuing Healing PTSD Semipostal Stamp Dec. 2

Nov. 18, 2019

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What:

With this semipostal stamp, the U.S. Postal Service will raise funds to help treat those impacted by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The stamp features a photo illustration of a green plant sprouting from the ground, which is covered in fallen leaves. The image is intended to symbolize the PTSD healing process, growth and hope. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Mark Laita.

The stamp dedication ceremony is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #HealingPTSDStamp and #semipostalStamps.

Who:

Hon. David C. Williams, Vice Chairman, Board of Governors, U.S. Postal Service and Dedicating Official

Koby J. Langley, Senior Vice President, American Red Cross

Chuck Denny, Founder, The American Veteran Foundation

Dan Miller, Wounded Warriors Project

Donald Tyson, President, Charlotte Chapter, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Dr. Paula Schnurr, Executive Director, National Center for PTSD

Maureen O’Boyle, Primetime News Anchor, WBTV, Charlotte, NC, and Emcee

When:

Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. EST

Where:

McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square

345 N. College Street

Charlotte, NC 28202

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/ptsd.

Background:

Tens of millions of Americans will experience PTSD in their lifetimes. Today, the nation is increasingly dedicated to compassionately treating this mental health issue.

Many kinds of trauma can lead people to experience persistent symptoms such as intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and difficulty sleeping. Depression, anxiety, and fear can also occur. Though these symptoms may initially interrupt one’s daily life, for most people they typically dissipate over time. However, if these problems continue for more than a month, PTSD may have developed. Symptoms associated with the disorder often can be broken down into four categories: avoidance, hyperarousal, increased negative beliefs and feelings, and reliving.

The two most common treatments for PTSD are medication and psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy. The disorder cuts across demographic lines, though women are at a greater risk than men. Women are more than twice as likely as men to suffer PTSD at some point in their lives.

Sold at a price of 65 cents per First-Class stamp, the PTSD stamp is a semipostal. The price of a semipostal stamp pays for the First-Class single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase plus an amount to fund causes that have been determined to be in the national public interest. By law, revenue from sales (minus postage and the reasonable reimbursement of costs to the Postal Service) is to be transferred to a selected executive agency or agencies. Net proceeds from this stamp will be distributed to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which oversees the National Center for PTSD.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.

   Lunar New Year: Year of the Rat stamp   Made of Hearts stamp   Arnold Palmer stamp

2020 Forever Stamp Program Offers Something for Everyone

Love, Arnold Palmer, Hip Hop and Earth Day Among Subjects Featured

Oct. 22, 2019

WASHINGTON — With 2020 rapidly approaching, the U.S. Postal Service today revealed several of the new Forever stamps and others to be issued next year.

Since 1847, the Postal Service stamp program has celebrated the people, events and cultural milestones unique to the history of the United States. The 2020 stamp subjects continue this rich tradition. The stamp designs being shown today are preliminary and subject to change.

“These miniature works of art offer something for everyone interested in American history and culture,” said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Acting Executive Director William Gicker. “From notable figures such as golf legend Arnold Palmer and esteemed journalist Gwen Ifill to the cultural phenomenon of hip hop to a celebration of the great outdoors, this program is wide-ranging and adds to the history of our great nation as recorded through the U.S. stamp program.”

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         Holiday Wreaths Adorn Forever Stamps

Holiday Wreaths Featured on Postage Stamps

Oct. 7, 2019

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service ushers in the holiday season with four new stamps in a booklet of 20 featuring festive wreaths. Displayed on a door, in a window, or over a mantel, wreaths are symbols of joy and celebration, inviting the spirit of the season to enter the home

The first-day-of-issue event for the Holiday Wreaths Forever stamps is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #HolidayStamps.

Who:

Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO, U.S. Postal Service

When:

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 at 11 a.m. ET

Where:

L.L. Bean Flagship Store

95 Main Street

Freeport, ME 04032

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to rsvp at: www.usps.com/holidaystamps.

Why:

Inspired by the holiday decorating traditions of early America, the four wreaths featured on these stamps are classic yet contemporary. Their designs create feelings of warmth and welcome. Wreaths are often made from materials easily found during the winter months.

The ribbon leaf wreath is inspired by French floral art. Aspidistra leaves, folded and manipulated to resemble ribbons, create a long-lasting wreath.

Gilded pinecones and magnolia pods grace the wreath trimmed with cranberry red ribbon.

Red and gold ribbon adorns the wreath made from gilded dried hydrangea, eucalyptus and nandina foliage, red berries, and small ornaments.

The woodland bush ivy and red winterberry wreath presents a classic red and green palette.

Add these elegant stamps to your cards and letters to share holiday greetings with family and friends.

Antonio Alcalá served as the art director of the project and designed the stamps with floral artist Laura Dowling. Dowling designed the wreaths for the stamps, which were photographed by Kevin Allen.

           Halloween Forever stamps

Cats, Bats and Spiders, Oh My!

Spooky Silhouettes Forever Stamps to be Released in Time for Halloween

Sept. 10, 2019

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What:

The Postal Service issues four Forever stamps in time for Halloween. The Spooky Silhouettes stamps feature digital illustrations with Halloween motifs rendered as black silhouettes in eerily backlit windows. The images include a cat with an arched back beneath a raven perched on a bare tree branch, all against a yellowish-green background; two ghosts against an orange background; a spider and a web against a red background; and three bats against a purple background.

News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtag #HalloweenStamps.

Who:

Marc McCrery, vice president of mail entry and payment technology, U.S. Postal Service

When:

Friday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. EDT

Where:

Milford Pumpkin Festival

Emerson Park Stage

6 Mont Vernon St.

Milford, NH 03055

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/silhouettes

Why:

As autumn approaches, these new stamps offer fun, frightful scenes that symbolize Halloween. With customs and traditions that vary widely by community, Halloween now inspires parades and carnivals, corn mazes, haunted houses, neighborhood and school parties, pumpkin festivals, and even pumpkin catapulting. Halloween remains a much anticipated celebration of the macabre in the face of approaching winter.

Artist Tyler Lang worked with art director and designer Greg Breeding to create these stamps, which will be available for purchase Oct. 11. Additional details will be provided before the ceremony date.

            Winter Berries stamp

New Forever Stamps Feature Winter Berries

August 22, 2019

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What:

With the release of the Winter Berries Forever stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates four of winter’s small yet vibrant offerings: the winterberry (Ilex verticillata), the juniper berry (Juniperus communis), the beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), and the soapberry (Sapindus saponaria). News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtag #WinterBerriesStamps.

Who:

Steven R. Phelps, Acting Vice President of Pricing and Costing, U.S. Postal Service

When:

Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. CDT

Where:

Tulsa Botanic Garden

A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces

3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive

Tulsa, OK 74127

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/winterberries.

Background:

The stamp art features highly detailed botanical portraits of each plant that highlight the bold colors and rich textures of their berries.

The winter months may seem like a time when nature’s bold imagery gets muted by cold temperatures and snowfall — but if you take a closer look you may just find some of the most beautiful plant growth of any season. Coming in an array of shapes, sizes and colors, winter berries provide bursts of life during the year’s coldest months.

Artist Steve Buchanan worked with art director Antonio Alcalá to create these stamps.

          Walt Whitman 3oz stamp

New Stamp Honors Walt Whitman

U.S. Postal Service’s Literary Arts Series Marks 200th Anniversary of Whitman’s Birth

August 5, 2019

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of “the Father of American poetry,” Walt Whitman, by honoring the poet with a new stamp in its Literary Arts series.

News about the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #WaltWhitmanStamps.

Who:

Thomas J. Marshall, U.S. Postal Service General Counsel and Executive Vice President, and the stamp ceremony’s dedicating official; Cynthia Shor, Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Executive Director; and others.

When:

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. EDT

Where:

Walt Whitman Birthplace

246 Old Walt Whitman Rd, 

Huntington Station, NY 11746-4148

Why:

Born 200 years ago, poet Walt Whitman was one of the nation’s greatest champions. His writing aimed to embody the democratic ethos itself, using poetry to break down the artificial boundaries that separate man and woman, city and countryside, free and enslaved, poet and laborer — and ultimately the self and the universe.

The 1855 publication of “Leaves of Grass” marked the beginning of what would become Whitman’s lifelong masterwork. Over the next 40 years, he published several editions of the collection, which grew from 12 untitled pieces to nearly 400 poems.

Art director and designer Greg Breeding worked with artist Sam Weber to create this stamp. Additional details will be provided before the ceremony date.

RSVP:

The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Seating is first come, first served so plan to arrive early.

          Tyrannosaurus Rex Forever Stamps Aug. 29

U.S. Postal Service Issuing
Tyrannosaurus Rex Forever Stamps Aug. 29

August 5, 2019

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What:

With this pane of 16 stamps, the Postal Service brings Tyrannosaurus rex to life — some 66 million years after its demise.

The stamp dedication ceremony is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #USPSTRexStamps.

Who:

Isaac Cronkhite, chief human resources officer and executive vice president, U.S. Postal Service and dedicating official

Kirk Johnson, director, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Julius Csotonyi, paleoart and scientific illustration, T-Rex stamp artist, and creator and contributor to new Smithsonian Dinosaur exhibit

Matthew Carrano, curator of “Dinosauria,” Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Shawn Yancy, news anchor, WTTG-TV, FOX 5 News, and guest emcee

When:

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. EDT

Where:

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Baird Auditorium

10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20560

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/trex.

Background:

Tyrannosaurus rex dominated the tail end of the dinosaur age. A recent surge in discoveries has revolutionized our understanding of the fierce carnivore.

Four dynamic designs on a pane of 16 stamps depict the awe-inspiring dinosaur in growth stages from infancy to adulthood.

One design illustrates a face-to-face encounter with a T. rex approaching through a forest clearing; another shows the same young adult T. rex with a young Triceratops — both dinosaurs shown in fossil form.

The third and fourth stamps depict a newly hatched T. rex covered with downy feathers and a bare-skinned juvenile T. rex chasing a primitive mammal.

“The Nation’s T. rex,” the young adult depicted on two of the stamps, was discovered on federal land in Montana and is one of the most studied and important specimens ever found. Its remains are now exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps with original artwork by scientist and paleoartist Julius T. Csotonyi.

The Tyrannosaurus Rex stamps are being issued as Forever stamps. Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Upcoming 2019 Stamp Dedications

New Stamp Revealed

July 30, 2019

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Name of Stamp Issuance

FDOI Date

City

ST

Walt Whitman (3oz)

Sept. 12, 2019

Huntington Station

NY

Winter Berries          

Sept. 17, 2019

Tulsa

OK

Additional information about the availability of these stamps and first day of issue events will be provided at a later date.

Also, the Postal Service is revealing the Purple Heart Medal Forever definitive stamp.  More details about this stamp will be announced on a future date.

Purple Heart Medal (2019)

                                                                  Purple Heart Medal (2019)

The Postal Service continues to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the U.S. military with the issuance of the Purple Heart Medal 2019 stamp that depicts the medal suspended from its ribbon. This stamp is a redesign of the 2012 Purple Heart Medal stamp and features a purple border matching the brilliant purple of the medal and its ribbon. The type on the stamp — PURPLE HEART, FOREVER, USA — is displayed in red. Ira Wexler photographed the medal. William J. Gicker served as art director with Bryan Duefrene as designer.

            Woodstock Forever Stamp

Woodstock Forever Stamps

Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Woodstock Music and Art Fair

July 8, 2019

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service is issuing Woodstock Forever stamps in observance of the 50th anniversary of the most famous rock festival in history.  

News of the stamp is being shared on social media using the hashtags #WoodstockStamps and #PeaceForeverStamps.

When:

Thursday, Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. EDT

Where:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 Fifth Ave.

New York, NY 10028

Background:

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held in the small farming community of Bethel, NY, in August 1969. Approximately 500,000 members of the “Woodstock Generation,” a term later used in reference to young people of the time, convened to promote peace and love through music.

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp artwork which features an image of a dove along with the words “3 Days of Peace and Music,” evocative of the original 1969 promotional poster for the festival. In the stamp art, the words are stacked in the background in brilliant colors along with the year 1969, USA and Forever (the value of the stamp). The white dove stands in the foreground.

The stamps will be available for purchase Aug. 8. Pre-orders for the Woodstock Forever stamps can be reserved through The Postal Store at usps.com/shop.

             Military Working Dogs Forever Stamp

Recognizing Four-Legged Heroes

U.S. Postal Service Honors Military Working Dogs on Forever Stamps

July 5, 2019

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service honors the nation’s brave and loyal canines with the Military Working Dogs Forever stamps. In this booklet of 20, each block of four stamps features one stamp of each of the following breeds—German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Dutch Shepherd and Belgian Malinois —that commonly serve in America’s armed forces. News of the stamps are being shared with the hashtag #MilitaryDogsStamps.

Who:

David C. Williams, Vice Chairman, U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors

When:

Thursday, Aug. 1, at 12 noon CDT

Where:

American Philatelic Society Stamp Show

CHI Health Center Omaha

455 N. 10th Street

Omaha, NE 68102

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/militarydogs.

Background:

Brave and loyal military working dogs are essential members of America’s armed forces. Courageous canines have aided U.S. soldiers in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Today, the 341st Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base just outside of San Antonio, TX, trains American military working dogs and their handlers. 

Dozens of dog breeds have served in the U.S. armed forces, but over time the number has decreased significantly. Modern military working dogs are predominantly Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds and Dutch Shepherds. Labrador Retrievers are often trained as specialized search dogs.

The background of each stamp features a detail of a white star. A star appears in the center of each block. The stylized digital illustrations are in red, white, blue and gold to represent the American flag and patriotism. The art was created by DKNG Studios. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps. The Military Working Dogs stamps are being issued as Forever stamps and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

        State and County Fairs Forever stamps

Stamps Showcase State and County Fairs

June 28, 2019

What:

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the fun of America’s state and county fairs with four stamps. The whimsical artwork of the stamps is meant to evoke a nostalgic feeling for America’s fairs past and present. The stamps show a traditional fair theme where communities gather to socialize and have fun. 

News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtags #StateFairsStamps,

#StateCountyFairsStamps, and #CountyFairsStamps. Also, a video of the stamps unveiling ceremony will be shown live on Facebook.com/usps

Who:

U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President David E. Williams

KXMC-TV Station Manager Jim Olson

North Dakota State Fair General Manager Renae Korslien

State Future Farmers of America President Brianna Maddock

North Dakota Association of Fairs Associate Director and Board Member Corey Heiser

Vocalist and Minot High School Senior Chloe Marie

When:

Thursday, July 25, at 11 a.m. CDT

Where:

North Dakota State Fair- Stage 2

2005 Burdick Expressway East

Minot, ND 58701

Background:

The colorful se-tenant stamps — one scene across four stamps —celebrate the fun of America’s state and county fairs. The stamp on the far left shows farmers unloading produce behind a white fence. In the second stamp, a child holding a chicken sits atop the same fence, with carnival rides—a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round—in the background. Those rides can be seen in the third stamp, where some fairgoers admire the livestock behind the fence while others walk, balloons in hand, toward a sweets stand. The last stamp shows children at the stand buying treats from the vendor.

The art director was Greg Breeding. Mike Ryan designed the stamps with original art by Mick Wiggins.

The State and County Fairs stamps are being issued as Forever stamps and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

The stamps will be available for purchase July 25. Pre-orders for the State and County Fairs stamps can be reserved through The Postal Store at usps.com/shop.

             Frogs Are Forever

Frogs Are Forever

U.S. Postal Service Celebrates Four Species with New Forever Stamps

June 13, 2019

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service issues Frogs, four stamps in a booklet of 20 that feature digital illustrations of four North American frogs: the Pacific tree frog, the northern leopard frog, the American green tree frog and the squirrel tree frog. The First Day of Issue event is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #FrogStamps. 

Who:

Tom Samra, Vice President, Facilities, U.S. Postal Service

When:

Tuesday, July 9, at 11 a.m. MT

Where:

Morrison Knudsen Nature Center 

600 S. Walnut Street

Boise, ID 83712

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/frogs.

Background:

Frogs live on every continent except Antarctica; more than 90 species live in the United States, including the four on these stamps.

Found throughout the western United States, the tiny Pacific tree frog (Pseudacris regilla) is nicknamed the “Hollywood frog.” Countless television shows and movies have used its rib-bit, rib-bit call in nighttime scenes.

The northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens) is commonly identified by its highly distinctive call, a rattle-like snoring noise, followed by several notes described as “chuckling” or “clucking.”

Sometimes called the rain frog for its noisy choruses after a warm rain, the American green tree frog (Hyla cinerea) is also dubbed the cowbell frog for the sound of its short call when heard from a distance.

A raspy, quack-like call much like the scolding noise of a gray squirrel identifies the squirrel tree frog (Hyla squirella), found from southeastern Virginia through Florida and along the Gulf Coast to Texas.

Working with a green color palette and touches of brown, artist Nancy Stahl captured the defining features of each frog making them recognizable. Art director William J. Gicker designed the stamps. The Frogs stamps are being issued as Forever stamps and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

              First Moon Landing Forever Stamps

U.S. Postal Service Issuing 1969: First Moon Landing Forever Stamps

June 10, 2019

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and man’s first steps on the Moon with two Forever stamps.

The stamp dedication ceremony is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #MoonLandingStamps or #AstronautStamps.

Who:

Thomas J. Marshall, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, United States Postal Service and Dedicating Official

Steven W. Monteith, Vice President, Marketing, United States Postal Service

Kelvin Manning, Associate Director, Technical, John F. Kennedy Space Center

Russell L. (Rusty) Schweickart, former NASA astronaut and scientist, NASA

When:

Friday, July 19, 2019, at 11 a.m. EDT

Where:

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Space Commerce Way

Merritt Island, FL

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are required to RSVP at usps.com/moonlanding.

Background:

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin achieved something that had long been confined to the realm of science fiction when they landed a spidery spacecraft named Eagle on the Moon. A worldwide audience watched and listened when Armstrong stepped onto the Moon’s surface and famously said, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”

On the 50th anniversary of this first Moon landing, two stamp designs commemorate that historic milestone. One stamp features Armstrong’s iconic photograph of Aldrin in his spacesuit on the surface of the Moon. The other stamp, a photograph of the moon taken in 2010 by Gregory H. Revera from his home in Madison, AL, shows the landing site of the lunar module, Eagle, in the Sea of Tranquility. The site is indicated on the stamp by a dot. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps.

The 1969: First Moon Landing stamps are being issued as Forever stamps. Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

               President George H.W. Bush Forever Stamp

U.S. Postal Service Honoring Former President George H.W. Bush with Forever Stamp

First Day of Issue Event June 12th at Bush Center in College Station, Acknowledging President Bush 95th Birthday

May 23, 2019

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a Forever stamp honoring George Herbert Walker Bush, America’s 41st president, who died on November 30, 2018.

The first day of issue event for the stamps is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #GHWBushStamp or #USPresidentsStamps.

Who:

Pierce Bush, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, Grandson of George H.W. Bush

Hon. Robert M. Duncan, Chairman, Board of Governors, U.S. Postal Service, and Dedicating Official

David B. Jones, President and CEO, George & Barbara Bush Foundation

Warren Finch, Director, George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Amb. Chase Untermeyer, Founding Chairman, Qatar-America Institute

Jean Becker, Former Chief of Staff, Office of George H.W. Bush

When:

Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 11 a.m. CDT

Where:

Annenberg Presidential Conference Center

Frymire Auditorium 

1002 George Bush Drive West 

College Station, TX 77845

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/georgehwbush.  

Background:

George Herbert Walker Bush (1924–2018), served as America’s 41st president from 1989 to 1993. During his term in office, he guided the U.S. and its allies to a peaceful end of the Cold War, helped reunify Germany, and led a multinational coalition that successfully forced Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War.

On the domestic front, President Bush signed historic civil rights legislation to integrate Americans with disabilities more fully into society. His Clean Air Act tightened air pollution standards and dramatically reduced urban smog and acid rain. George Bush also called and inspired millions of Americans to serve their communities with his vision of “a thousand points of light.”

In addition to serving as vice president under President Reagan, Bush held a number of other senior leadership roles including Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in China, and Director of Central Intelligence.

George H.W. Bush was the first sitting vice president elected president since Martin van Buren in 1836, and one of only two presidents to have a son who also served as Commander-in-Chief.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.

           Sesame Street characcters stamps

Sesame Street Stamps

Iconic Show’s 50th Anniversary Celebrated by the U.S. Postal Service

May 22, 2019

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service honors Sesame Street, the influential and beloved children’s television show. For 50 years, the series has provided educational programming and entertainment for generations of children throughout the country and around the world.

The first day of issue event for the Sesame Street Forever stamps will be held immediately preceding one festival stop on the Sesame Street Road Trip, a celebration of the show’s golden anniversary that will be held in 10 cities across the United States. News of the release is being shared on social media with the hashtag #Sesame50.

When:

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. EDT

Where:

Lafayette Park

1592 Antietam Avenue

Detroit, MI 48207

RSVP:

RSVP required for attendance at: usps.com/sesamestreet

Space is limited.

Background:

The first episode of Sesame Street aired on Nov. 10, 1969. From the beginning, Sesame Street was like no other children’s program. Human characters, often children themselves, interacted with the Muppets of Sesame Street.

Arranged in horizontal rows, the stamps showcase 16 of the Muppets characters that appear on Sesame Street — Big Bird, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Rosita, The Count, Oscar the Grouch, Abby Cadabby, Herry Monster, Julia, Guy Smiley, Snuffleupagus, Elmo, Telly, Grover, and Zoe. Images of nine of the characters appear on the right side of the pane underneath the iconic Sesame Street sign. The back of the pane displays the Sesame Street 50th anniversary artwork.

Sesame Street stamps are being issued as Forever stamps. Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

All postage stamps are available for purchase at Post Offices locations, online at usps.com and by toll-free phone order at 1-800 STAMP-24.

                 Battleship USS Missouri stamp

U.S. Postal Service Honors Battleship USS Missouri with a Forever Stamp

May 10, 2019

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the USS Missouri (BB-63) with a Forever stamp. The famed American battleship is being honored to coincide with the 75th anniversary of her commissioning on June 11, 1944. The battleship was affectionately nicknamed “Mighty Mo,” and had one of the most historic roles during World War II. On Sept. 2, 1945, military officials from the Allied powers and imperial Japan convened on her deck and signed the documents confirming Japan’s surrender and ending the war. 

News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #USSMissouriStamps.

Who:

USPS Acting Enterprise Analytics Vice President Jeffrey C. Johnson

USS Missouri Memorial Foundation President and CEO Mike Carr

Rear Adm. Brian P. Fort, U.S. Navy Region Hawaii

Rear Adm. Samuel Cox, U.S. Navy (Retired), Director, Naval History and Heritage Command, Curator of the Navy

When:

Tuesday, June 11, at 11 a.m. HST

Where:

Battleship Missouri Memorial

Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, HI 96818

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are required to RSVP and determine access requirements at usps.com/ussmissouri

Background:

The stamp art depicts Missouri from a low vantage point almost at sea level, cutting through the water at a moderate speed commensurate with entering or leaving port. Large and imposing in the frame, Missouri is shown in the disruptive camouflage she wore from her commissioning until a refit in early 1945. Clouds loom in the background, tinged with gold and rose from the sun’s rays.

Designed by art director Greg Breeding, the stamp features a digital illustration created by Dan Cosgrove.

The USS Missouri stamp is being issued as a Forever stamps and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.

             Ellsworth Kelly stamps

U.S. Postal Service Honors the Art of Ellsworth Kelly with Stamps

April 25, 2019

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the career of artist Ellsworth Kelly with the issuance of 10 stamps celebrating his talent as a painter and sculptor. With these stamps, the Postal Service showcases examples of his wide-ranging body of work.

The first-day-of-issue event is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #EllsworthKelly and #EllsworthKellyStamps.

Who:

Steven W. Monteith, vice president, marketing, U.S. Postal Service 

Jack Shear, Ellsworth Kelly Foundation

When:

Friday, May 31, 2019, at 11 a.m. EDT

Where:

Ellsworth Kelly Studio

Spencertown, NY 12165

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/ellsworthkelly.

Background:

Characterized by precise shapes rendered in bold, flat colors, Ellsworth Kelly’s art encompasses painting, sculpture and works on paper, drawing on careful observations of light and shadow, negative space and line and form. In painting shapes—like a tennis court, a smokestack on a tugboat, or the roof of a barn—as flat planes of color, Kelly removed their dimensionality and turned reality into abstraction. He was also one of the first artists to create shaped canvases and to integrate art with modern architecture, taking great care about the size of a painting, its boundaries, and its placement in relation to the walls and floor. 

The 20 stamps on the sheet feature 10 of Kelly’s artworks, each represented twice: “Yellow White” (1961), “Colors for a Large Wall” (1951), “Blue Red Rocker” (1963), “Spectrum I” (1953), “South Ferry” (1956), “Blue Green” (1962), “Orange Red Relief” (for Delphine Seyrig) (1990), “Meschers” (1951), “Red Blue” (1964), and “Gaza” (1956). A detail from “Blue Yellow Red III” (1971) appears in the selvage.

Art Director Derry Noyes designed the stamps. 

The Ellsworth Kelly stamps are being issued as Forever stamps and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.


Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.

            Wild and scenic rivers of America stamps

Spotlighting the Natural Beauty of America’s Wild and Scenic Rivers

Apr. 19, 2019

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service issues Wild and Scenic Rivers, stamps that pay tribute to the exceptional streams that run freely through America’s natural landscapes. This pane honors the rivers’ beauty with a dozen Forever stamps, each showcasing a different segment of the Wild and Scenic River System.

The first-day-of-issue event for the Wild and Scenic Rivers Commemorative Forever stamps is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #WildScenicRiversStamps and #WildRiverStamps.

Who:

Joe Corbett, chief financial officer and executive vice president, U.S. Postal Service

When:

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 11 a.m. PT

Where:

Tumalo State Park

64170 O.B. Riley Road

Bend, OR 97701

Parking:

Admission is free with ample parking at the event.

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/wildrivers.

Background:

America’s wild and scenic rivers are those deemed remarkable for values including fish and wildlife, geology, recreation and cultural or historical significance. These special streams are allowed to flow freely through natural settings without man-made alterations.

The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act categorizes designated segments as either wild, scenic or recreational. Wild rivers are undammed, unpolluted and generally accessible only by trail. Scenic rivers may be “accessible in places by roads.” Recreational river areas are “readily accessible by road or railroad,” may have some shoreline development and may have been dammed in the past. Designations often result from grassroots action by local citizens.

The Wild and Scenic Rivers system provides clean water, places of beauty and sanctuary and habitats for native wildlife.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic catalog or at Post Office locations nationwide.

                            Post Office Murals stamps

U.S. Postal Service Honors Post Office Lobby Artwork with Stamps

Stamps Highlight Five Post Office Murals

April 10, 2019

PIGGOTT, AR — Post Office lobby artwork painted in the 1930s and 1940s was celebrated today with the issuance of the Post Office Murals Forever stamps. The U.S. Postal Service dedicated the stamps today during a first-day-of-issue ceremony at the Piggott Main Post Office in Piggott, AR. The public is asked to share the news on social media using the hashtags #PostOfficeMurals and #MuralStamps.

“Scores of wonderful murals illuminate Post Office lobbies across the nation and these stamps help celebrate them as American treasures,” said Pat Mendonca, U.S. Postal Service Senior Director, Office of the Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer, who dedicated the stamps.

“The magnificent Air Mail mural, by Daniel Rhodes, located here at the Piggott Post Office, shows a local letter carrier helping pilots load bags of mail onto their plane. The mural represents postal employees’ commitment to serving our customers and communities across the United States. And that commitment to service continues today,” added Mendonca.

The origin of Post Office murals can be traced back to 1933. That year, in a letter to longtime acquaintance President Franklin D. Roosevelt, artist George Biddle suggested that the U.S. government should commission artists in need of work to enliven the walls of public buildings. Later that year, perhaps spurred by Biddle’s plea, the Roosevelt administration established the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP). Funded by the Civil Works Administration and overseen by the Department of the Treasury, the New Deal program led to the hiring of more than 3,700 artists.

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                    George H.W. Bush Forever stamp

U.S. Postal Service Reveals New Forever Stamp Design Honoring Former President George H.W. Bush

April 6, 2019

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today announced it will issue a commemorative Forever stamp honoring former President George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30, 2018, at the age of 94.

The 41st president guided the United States through the end of the Cold War and drove the creation of a multinational coalition that successfully forced Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait in the Persian Gulf War.

An advocate for public service, Bush explained his vision of a nation of volunteers as “a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.”

The stamp art is a portrait of Bush painted by award-winning artist Michael J. Deas. It is based on a 1997 photograph taken by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Phil Jordan was the art director and stamp designer.

The first-day-of-issue ceremony will be held on the president’s birthday, June 12, at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, 1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, TX. 
Robert M. Duncan, chairman of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, will serve as the dedicating official.

The stamp will be available for pre-order April 6, 2019, for delivery on or after the June 12 ceremony at usps.com/stamps, or by phone at 800-Stamp24 (800-782-6724).

The stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp, which will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Dates and Locations for Next Round of 2019 Stamp Dedications

March 29, 2019

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Name of Stamp Issuance

FDOI Date

City

ST

Frogs

July 9

Boise

ID

1969: Moon Landing

July 19

Merritt Island

FL

State and County Fairs

July 25

Minot

ND

Military Working Dogs

Aug 1

Omaha

NE

Additional information about the availability of these stamps and first-day-of-issue events will be provided at a later date.

     New Coral Reef postcard stamps

U.S. Postal Service Issues New Postcard Stamps

March 28, 2019

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WASHINGTON — Celebrate the beauty and wonder of coral reefs with four new postcard stamps from the U.S. Postal Service. The Coral Reefs stamps will be available nationwide March 29 in Post Offices and online at the Postal Store.

Featuring highly stylized digital portraits, the stamp art depicts four types of stony corals with associated reef fish: elkhorn coral, shown with two French angelfish; brain coral, with a spotted moray eel; staghorn coral, with bluestriped grunts; and pillar coral, with a coney grouper and neon gobies.

Coral reefs are formed over thousands of years mainly by colonies of animals called polyps. Polyps make stony corals, the foundation for most coral reefs, by secreting protective skeletons of calcium carbonate or limestone. As these limestone skeletons accumulate over time — with new colonies of polyps growing on top of the skeletons of older ones — they build up the base of coral reefs.

Coral reefs are some of the world’s most marvelous ecosystems, sheltering and sustaining about a quarter of all ocean species. Anyone who has snorkeled in tropical environments has witnessed the sea come alive when approaching a coral reef. Suddenly an abundance of fish of all types and colors appear, along with a variety of other animals and plants, including sea urchins, seagrass, octopuses and lobsters.

Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps. Tyler Lang created the stamp art.

News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtag #CoralReefsStamps.

The word “POSTCARD” on the stamps indicates their usage value. Like a Forever stamp, these stamps will always be valid for the rate printed on them.

                   50th anniversary of moonlanding stamps

U.S. Postal Service Unveils 1969: First Moon Landing Forever Stamps

March 20, 2019

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WASHINGTON — In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20, 1969, the U.S. Postal Service is pleased to reveal two stamp designs commemorating that historic milestone. Additional details are coming about the date, time and location for the first-day-of issue ceremony.

One stamp features a photograph of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin in his spacesuit on the surface of the moon. The image was taken by astronaut Neil Armstrong. The other stamp, a photograph of the moon taken in 2010 by Gregory H. Revera of Huntsville, AL, shows the landing site of the lunar module in the Sea of Tranquility. The site is indicated on the stamp by a dot. The selvage includes an image of the lunar module.

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp art.

                               Little Mo Forever stamp

“Little Mo” Poised to Grace Forever Stamp

Postal Service Honors 1950s Tennis Champ Maureen Connolly Brinker

March 14, 2019

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service honors the legacy of the extraordinary tennis champion Maureen Connolly Brinker (1934–1969) with the issuance of the “Little Mo” Forever stamp. The first-day-of-issue event is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #LittleMoStamp and #TennisStamps.

Who:

Janice D. Walker, Vice President, Corporate Communications, U.S. Postal Service will be the dedicating official.

When:

Tuesday, April 23, 2019,11 a.m. CDT

Where:

Southern Methodist University Tennis Complex

5669 N. Central Expressway

Dallas, TX 75205

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/littlemo.

Background:

In the early 1950s, extraordinary tennis champion Maureen Connolly Brinker dominated her sport. Nicknamed “Little Mo,” the 5-foot-4-inch dynamo used powerful groundstrokes to become the first woman to win all four major tennis tournaments in a calendar year.

In 1953, she became the first woman to capture the single-season Grand Slam of tennis, winning the Australian Championships, the French Championships, Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships. Along the way, she dropped only a single set. Since then, no American singles player has won all four majors in a calendar year; only two men and three women in total have achieved that feat. After her playing career, Connolly Brinker coached tennis and wrote articles about the game she once dominated. In 1968, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

The stamp art features an oil-on-linen painting of the tennis star by Gregory Manchess. Based on a black-and-white photograph taken in 1952, the portrait is a colorful interpretation of Connolly hitting a low volley. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

The “Little Mo” stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic catalog or at Post Office locations nationwide.

Dates and Locations for Upcoming 2019 Stamp Dedications

March 13, 2019

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Name of Stamp Issuance

FDOI Date

City

ST

Wild and Scenic Rivers

May 21, 2019

Bend

OR

Ellsworth Kelly        

May 31, 2019

Spencertown

NY

USS Missouri

June 11, 2019

Honolulu

HI

Tyrannosaurus Rex

June 28, 2019

Washington

DC

Additional information about the availability of these stamps and first-day-of-issue events will be provided at a later date.

U.S. Postal Service Reveals Additional Stamps for 2019

Sesame Street, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Spooky Silhouettes Coming Soon

March 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today announced three additional stamp subjects for 2019. More details, including dates and locations for the first-day-of-issue ceremonies, will be coming soon.

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               Sesame Street stamps            Spooky Silhouettes stamps

                                        Tyrannosaurus Rex stamps

Transcontinental Railroad Forever stamp

U.S. Postal Service Celebrates 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad

March 11, 2019

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What:

Marking the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, the U.S. Postal Service will commemorate this 19th century marvel with a magnificent set of Forever stamps.

The first-day-of-issue event for the Transcontinental Railroad Forever stamp is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #RailroadStamps.

Who:

Mike Mirides, Salt Lake City District Manager, U.S. Postal Service

When:

Friday, May 10, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. MT

Where:

Golden Spike National Historic Site

6200 North 22300th Street West

Promontory Summit, UT 84037

Event parking is available through the Spike 150 Foundation website.

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to rsvp at: usps.com/transcontinentalrailroad.

Background:

Building the transcontinental railroad during the 1860s was one of the great achievements of the era. The completion was marked by the “Golden Spike Ceremony,” held on May 10, 1869, when rail lines built by the Central Pacific from the west and the Union Pacific from the east were joined at Promontory Summit in Utah.

A large immigrant labor force — including a majority of Chinese and Irish laborers — carried out most of the backbreaking and often dangerous work that made the achievement possible. The workforce, totaling more than 20,000 at its peak, also included immigrants from many nations — Germany, Italy, Russia, Czechoslovakia, Poland and others — as well as African-Americans and former Civil War soldiers from both the Union and Confederate armies. Many crews of Mormon workers helped make the final push across Utah. 

Reminiscent of traditional 19th century oil painting techniques, the three distinct designs of the Transcontinental Railroad Forever stamps evoke the spirit of the era. Two separate stamps feature the Jupiter and the No. 119 locomotives that powered the trains carrying the officers and guests of the two train companies to the “Golden Spike Ceremony.” Centered between them, a third stamp portrays the famous golden spike that was a prominent part of the ceremony.  

The Transcontinental Railroad stamps are being issued as Forever stamps. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

All postage stamps are available for purchase at Post Offices locations, online at usps.com and by toll-free phone order at 1-800 STAMP-24.

                  Marvin Gaye Forever stamp

U.S. Postal Service Honoring the “Prince of Soul”

March 7, 2019

What:

The U.S. Postal Service is saluting the legendary Marvin Gaye with a Forever stamp — the newest addition to the Music Icons series.

The first-day-of-issue event for the stamp is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #MusicIcons and #MarvinGayeStamp.

Who:

Gary R. Barksdale, Chief Postal Inspector, United States Postal Service and Dedicating Official

When:

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 11 a.m. PDT

Where:

The Greek Theatre

2700 N Vermont Avenue 

Los Angeles, CA 90027

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/marvingaye.

Background:

Marvin Gaye was one of the most influential music performers of his generation. Also known as the “Prince of Soul,” he helped shape the buoyant sound of the Motown record label in the 1960s and broaden the scope of R&B music in the 1970s. Released in 1971, his expansive masterwork, What’s Going On, is widely considered one of the greatest recordings in the history of American popular music.

The artwork for this stamp features a portrait of Marvin Gaye inspired by historic photographs. Gaye’s name appears vertically on the right side of the stamp. “USA” and the Forever® denomination are in the top left.

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           Post Office lobby artwork Forever stamps

U.S. Postal Service Honors Post Office Lobby Artwork with Stamps

Mar. 6, 2019

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What:

The Postal Service will celebrate its Post Office lobby government-commissioned artworks from the 1930’s and 1940’s by featuring five lobby paintings on stamps. During this era, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration commissioned artwork in Post Offices across the nation to provide jobs to artists and illustrate the history and culture of local communities across America.

The first-day-of-issue event is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #PostOfficeMurals and #MuralStamps 

Who:

Patrick Mendonca, senior director, Office of the Postmaster General

Travis Williams, Piggott, AR, mayor

John Gill, chairman, Arkansas Parks and Recreation Foundation

Stephanie N. Jett, postmaster, Piggott

When:

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at 11 a.m. CDT

Where:

Piggott Main Post Office 

116 N. 3rd Avenue

Piggott, AR 72454-2000

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/postofficemurals.

Background:

In the 1930s and 1940s, murals brought a touch of beauty to Post Offices across the United States. These works of art were designed to help boost the morale of Americans during the Great Depression.

This pane of 10 stamps features five different murals. On the stamp art, the town or city and state in which the work of art is located is printed underneath each mural. The murals included are: "Kiowas Moving Camp" (1936), Anadarko, OK; "Mountains and Yucca" (1937), Deming, NM; "Antelope" (1939), Florence, CO; "Sugarloaf Mountain" (1940), Rockville, MD; and "Air Mail" (1941), Piggott, AR. 


The Postal Service is committed to the upkeep of these classic paintings and has a federal preservation officer and historian to both help maintain the beauty of the murals and also educate the public about their place in postal lore. Today, many of these works have been restored and remain on display for the public to enjoy.

Art Director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps.

The Post Office Murals stamps are being issued as Forever stamps and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.

           Star Ribbon Forever stamp

A Fresh Take on Patriotic Stamps

U.S. Postal Service to Dedicate Star Ribbon Forever Stamp

Feb. 21, 2019

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What:

The Postal Service is issuing a Star Ribbon Forever stamp. The stamp features a digital illustration of a star made from a single red, white and blue ribbon. The stamp will be sold in coils of 3,000 and 10,000 and in panes of 20.

The first-day-of-issue event for the stamp is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #StarRibbonStamp.

Who:

Michael J. Elston, acting Secretary of the Board of Governors, United States Postal Service and Dedicating Official

When:
Friday, March 22, 2019, at 11 a.m. CST

Where:

ASDA Midwest Postage Stamp Show

Holiday Inn Chicago Oakbrook

17W350 22nd Street

Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181-4452

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/starribbon.

Background:

The tri-colored ribbon, folded into a patriotic symbol, is intended to evoke the connectedness of the American people. Aaron Draplin, who designed the stamp, created the artwork first by sketching the design by hand and then rendering it digitally. Greg Breeding served as the project’s art director.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.

                   U.S. Postal Service Celebrates Bicentennial with New Forever Stamp

Honoring Alabama’s 200th Birthday

U.S. Postal Service Celebrates Bicentennial with New Forever Stamp

January 31, 2019

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the bicentennial of Alabama statehood with the issuance of the Alabama Statehood Forever stamp. Alabama became the 22nd state in the union on Dec. 14, 1819. The first-day-of-issue event is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #AlabamaStamp and #Alabama200. 

Who:

Isaac Cronkhite, Acting Chief Human Resources Officer, U.S. Postal Service

When:

Saturday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. CST *Please note the new time

Where:

Constitution Hall Park
109 Gates Ave. SE
Huntsville, AL 35801

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/alabamastatehood.

Background:

Alabama’s rich history stretches from its earliest inhabitants and settlement by European colonists to its significant role in the civil rights movement and its participation in the nation’s space program. The state was at the center of many important events in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, including the 1965 Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, a route now commemorated as a National Historic Trail.

The Alabama Statehood stamp features an existing photograph taken at sunset on May 28, 2017, in Cheaha State Park. Alabama photographer Joe Miller shot the picture from the park’s Pulpit Rock Trail. Art Director William Gicker designed the stamp.

The Alabama Statehood stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic catalog or at Post Office locations nationwide.

Updates for 2019 Stamp Dedications

More Details Coming

January 30, 2019

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Name of Stamp Issuance

FDOI Date

City

ST

Star Ribbon

March 22, 2019

Oakbrook Terrace

IL

Music Icon: Marvin Gaye

April 2, 2019

Los Angeles

CA

Post Office Murals

April 10, 2019

Piggott

AR

Little Mo

April 23, 2019

Dallas

TX

Transcontinental Railroad

May 10, 2019

Promontory Summit

UT

Additional information about the availability of these stamps and first-day-of-issue events will be provided at a later date.

          Star Ribbon stamp

U.S. Postal Service Announces Updates to the 2019 Stamp Program

Tennis Champion Maureen Connolly Brinker, Artist Ellsworth Kelly and Transcontinental Railroad Among the New Additions

January 29, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today revealed five additional subjects to the 2019 Stamp Program. More details on dates and locations for the first-day-of-issue ceremonies are coming.

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                            Cactus Flowers stamp

Celebrating Unexpected Beauty:

U.S. Postal Service to Dedicate Cactus Flowers Forever stamps

January 9, 2019

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the beauty of cactus flowers with 10 new stamp designs. The first-day-of-issue event for the Cactus Flowers Forever stamps is free and open to the public.

News on the stamps is being shared with the hashtag #CactusFlowers.

Who:

Jacqueline Krage Strako, Chief Customer and Marketing Officer, U.S. Postal Service, and Dedicating Official

When:

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at 11 a.m. MST

Where:

AmeriStamp Expo
Mesa Convention Center, Building C
263 N. Center Street
Mesa, AZ 85201

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS.

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at:

usps.com/cactusflowers

Background:

Almost all cacti are native to the Americas, ranging from British Columbia and Alberta in Canada to the southern regions of Argentina and Chile. The southwestern U.S. and Mexico are home to the greatest variety and abundance of cacti.

Cacti are among America’s most popular houseplants. Most cacti grow very slowly, and are tough, adaptable and low maintenance. Several botanic gardens in the U.S. showcase the wide variety and stunning beauty of these plants. When cacti bloom, visitors experience a vivid floral display. Cactus flowers generally occur singly, although many separate blossoms might appear on a plant at the same time. Most cactus flowers are large and flamboyant, with colors of white, red, pink, orange, or yellow. Some flowers are also richly scented, and the nectar and colors attract pollinators such as bats, bees and birds.

Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with existing photographs taken by John P. Schaefer, a co-founder, along with Ansel Adams, of the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona.

The Cactus Flowers stamps are being issued as Forever stamps in booklets of 20 and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

                                   Gregory Hines Forever stamp

Tapping into the Brilliance of Gregory Hines

U.S. Postal Service Honors Legendary Entertainer with Black Heritage Series Stamp

Dec. 26, 2018

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What:

The 42nd stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Gregory Hines, whose unique style of tap dancing injected new artistry and excitement into a traditional American form. A versatile performer who danced, acted and sang on Broadway, television and in movies, Hines developed the entertainment traditions of tap into an art form for a younger generation and is credited with renewing interest in tap during the 1990s.

The first-day-of-issue event is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #GregoryHinesForever and #BlackHeritageStamps.

Who:

Gary Barksdale, Acting Chief Postal Inspector and Dedicating Official

When:

Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at 11 a.m. EST

Where:

Peter Norton Symphony Space 

2537 Broadway at 95th Street

New York, NY 10025-6990

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/gregoryhinesblackheritage.

Background:

Gregory Hines (1946-2003) was nominated for Tony Awards in the 1970s for his performances in three Broadway musicals — “Eubie!,” “Comin’ Uptown,” and “Sophisticated Ladies” — and won a Tony Award in 1992 for his starring role in “Jelly’s Last Jam.” He danced alongside his brother, Maurice, in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1984 film “The Cotton Club” and alongside ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov in the 1985 movie “White Nights,” and he appeared in the 1989 movie “Tap,” which highlighted three generations of tap dancers. He also hosted an Emmy-winning Public Broadcasting Service show about tap dancing, recorded a No. 1 R&B duet with Luther Vandross, twice hosted the Tony Awards, and acted in television sitcoms.

The stamp features a 1988 photograph by Jack Mitchell that shows a smiling Hines on one knee in a red blazer and gray pants, with one foot raised to show the taps on the bottom of his shoe. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

The Gregory Hines stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

           Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express stamps

USPS Stamps Offer Convenience for Consumers and Business Mailers

Sales Begin Nationwide Jan. 27

December 19, 2018

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service announced today the new Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express stamps and new stamps for additional ounce, non-machineable surcharge, and 2- and 3-ounce mailings. The stamps go on sale nationwide Jan. 27 with no ceremony. More information will be available in the Dec. 20, 2018 Postal Bulletin.

Background:

Joshua Tree
Celebrating the desolate beauty of the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) and its distinct desert environment, this Priority Mail stamp depicts a common scene throughout much of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. Using the bold colors of the sun’s reflection off of the trees, rocks and other shrubby vegetation, artist Dan Cosgrove illuminates the desert scene in warm, golden hues. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp.

Bethesda Fountain

With this Priority Mail Express stamp, the Postal Service commemorates the Bethesda Fountain, one of Central Park's most iconic structures. Dedicated in 1873, the fountain is a gathering place beloved by New Yorkers and out-of-town visitors alike. The stamp art features a stylized depiction of the fountain. The illustration was first rendered as a pencil sketch and then scanned and finished digitally. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.

California Dogface (Butterfly)

The California dogface graces the seventh non-machineable butterfly stamp for use on irregularly sized envelopes, such as square greeting cards, invitations or announcements. The stamp art was digitally created using images of preserved butterflies as a starting point. The result is a highly stylized, simplified image of a California dogface (Zerene eurydice) rather than an exact replica. Nationally known artist Tom Engeman created the stamp art. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

U.S. Flag

With this new 2019 stamp, the Postal Service celebrates the American flag, the most recognizable symbol of our nation. The stamp features a U.S. flag, one of several on the flagpoles near the end of Chicago’s Navy Pier, waving in a May breeze. The photograph was taken by art director Antonio Alcalá.

Uncle Sam’s Hat Coil of 100

Originally released by the Postal Service in 2017, Uncle Sam’s Hat, an additional ounce stamp, will be available in 2019 in a coil.

The stamp features eight graphic top hats in Uncle Sam’s signature style, with red and white vertical stripes above a blue band with a white star and a gray brim. Beneath each hat is an oval shape representing a face, each in a different shade, meant to suggest the ethnic and racial diversity of the United States. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp. The words “ADDITIONAL OUNCE” on this stamp indicate its usage value.

                  Lunar New Year, Year of the Boar stamp

Celebrating Lunar New Year

U.S. Postal Service to Dedicate Year of the Boar Forever Stamp

December 14, 2018

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What:

Bright pink peach blossoms highlight the 2019 Year of the Boar stamp, the 12th and final stamp in the U.S. Postal Service’s Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Boar begins Feb. 5, 2019, and ends on Jan. 24, 2020.

The first-day-of-issue event is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #LunarNewYear.

Who:

Luke Grossmann, vice president, Finance and Planning, U.S. Postal Service

When:

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at 11 a.m. CST

Where:

Chinese Community Center

9800 Town Park Drive

Houston, TX 77036

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/lunarnewyear.

Background:

Around the world, millions of people welcome a new year with gifts, music and celebration. The Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival in China and Tet in Vietnam, is the most important holiday of the year for many Asian communities.

The stamp design features original artwork by Kam Mak with elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps — Clarence Lee’s intricate cut-paper design of a boar and the Chinese character for “boar” drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun. Ethel Kessler was the art director for this stamp.

In China, peach trees typically bloom in early February, just in time for the new year. The striking pink blossoms mark the beginning of spring in Chinese culture.

The Year of the Boar stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp in self-adhesive souvenir sheets of 12. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

     Hearts Blossom Forever stamp

Love Kicks Off 2019

The U.S. Postal Service to Dedicate the Hearts Blossom Forever Stamp

December 13, 2018

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What:

Twelve colorful hearts visually expressing love’s joyful, bountiful nature illustrate the first Forever stamp issued in 2019 and will be revealed by the U.S. Postal Service during a first-day-of-issue ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.

News on the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #LoveStamps.

Who:

Robert Cintron, vice president, Network Operations, U.S. Postal Service

When:
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at 11 a.m. AST

Where:

Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art 

Ave. Juan Ponce de León

(Corner Ave. Robert H. Todd, Stop 18)

San Juan, PR 00910

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS.

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/lovestamps/

Background:

Hearts Blossom is the latest stamp in the Love series from the U.S. Postal Service. The stamp art features the word "Love" in cursive script below 12 colorful hearts. The color palette — red, purple, orange, and pink — is intended to create a happy and positive feeling. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.

The Postal Service has successfully captured the essence of love ever since issuing the first stamp in the series in 1973. Although the stamps are released early in the year, they are not just for Valentine’s Day but can be used to deliver love during any season.


U.S. Postal Service Reveals Dates and Locations for Select 2019 First Day of Issue Stamp Ceremonies

December 6, 2018

Name of Stamp Issuance

FDOI Date

City

ST

Hearts Blossom

1/10/19

San Juan

PR

Lunar New Year: Year of the Boar

1/17/19

Houston

TX

Black Heritage: Gregory Hines

1/28/19

New York

NY

Cactus Flowers

2/15/19

Mesa

AZ

Alabama Statehood

2/23/19

Huntsville

AL

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Arts, Entertainment, History and Culture Headline the 2019 Forever Stamp Lineup

Love, Walt Whitman and State and County Fairs Among Other Subjects Featured

WASHINGTON — In the spirit of the coming new year, the U.S. Postal Service today revealed several of the new Forever stamps and other stamps to be issued in 2019.

Since 1847, the stamp program has celebrated the people, events and cultural milestones unique to the history of the United States. The 2019 stamp subjects continue this rich tradition.

“The miniature works of art illustrated in the 2019 stamp program offer something for everyone’s interest about American history and culture,” said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Executive Director Mary-Anne Penner. “From legendary poet Walt Whitman to the entertainment genius of Gregory Hines to the majestic beauty of our Wild and Scenic Rivers, this program is diverse and wide ranging and tells America’s story on stamps.”

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           Breast Cancer Awareness stamp

Help Stamp Out Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Research Fundraising Stamps Available at Post Offices

October 02, 2018 


WASHINGTON — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is reminding customers they can help fund the cause by purchasing the Breast Cancer Research Stamp.

These 65-cent self-adhesive semipostal stamps are available year-round in sheets of 20 to help raise funds for breast cancer research. Each stamp is equal to the First-Class Mail 1-ounce postage rate in effect at the time of purchase. The stamps are available at Post Offices nationwide, online at usps.com, by mail order through USA Philatelic catalog, or by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724).

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            New Hanukkah Forever stamp

Postal Service Dedicating Kwanzaa Forever Stamp

September 20, 2018 

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What: 

The U.S. Postal Service continues its tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa, an annual Pan-African holiday that brings family, community, and culture together for many African Americans. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #KwanzaaStamps.  

When: 

Wednesday, Oct.10, 2018, 11 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time

Where: 

North Carolina State University 
Witherspoon Student Center 
African American Cultural Center
2810 Cates Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27606

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS.  

Background: 

With this new stamp design, the U.S. Postal Service continues its tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa, the annual Pan-African holiday, which takes place over seven days from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 and brings family, community and culture together for many African-Americans.

The stamp art depicts a man, woman and child adorned in a mixture of western and traditional clothing, paying tribute to the holiday’s focus on the contemporary African-American experience while also drawing on African roots. The family is gathered around a kinara (candleholder), the warm light from the seven candles (mishumaa saba) illuminating their faces. Several other important Kwanzaa symbols sit on the table — a few ears of corn (muhindi) and various fruits and vegetables (mazao); the kikombe cha umoja (unity cup); and the mkeka, a straw mat on top of which everything is placed.

Each year, millions of African-Americans gather with friends and family throughout the week of Kwanzaa to honor the holiday’s seven founding principles — unity (Umoja), self-determination (Kujichagulia), collective work and responsibility (Ujima), cooperative economics (Ujamaa), purpose (Nia), creativity (Kuumba) and faith (Imani). Each day of Kwanzaa is dedicated to the focus of one of these seven principles, collectively known as the Nguzo Saba.

Artist Floyd Cooper worked with art director Derry Noyes, who designed the stamp.

This is the seventh stamp design issued by the Postal Service in celebration of Kwanzaa. The first Kwanzaa commemorative stamp was issued in 1997. New designs also were issued in 2004, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2016.

The Kwanzaa stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

            new Hanukkah Forever stamp          

Postal Service and Israel Post to Jointly Dedicate Hanukkah Stamps

September 17, 2018 

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What: 

The U.S. Postal Service will be issuing a new Hanukkah Forever stamp to celebrate the Jewish holiday. The stamp will be dedicated in conjunction with a new stamp being issued by Israel Post. News about the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #HanukkahStamps 

Who: 

Judge Gary Shapiro, Judicial Officer, U.S. Postal Service

When: 

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, 11 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time

Where: 

Touro Synagogue
85 Touro Street
Newport, RI 02840

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS.

RSVP: 

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/hanukkahstamps to gain entrance to the event.

Background: 

The new Hanukkah stamp artwork features a menorah created using the techniques of the traditional Jewish folk art of papercutting. Artist Tamar Fishman made a pencil sketch of the design and then with a fine blade, cut the two-dimensional image on white paper. She chose blue-purple and green papers for the background to highlight the central design. Behind the menorah is a shape reminiscent of an ancient oil jug that represents the heart of Hanukkah. Additional design elements include dreidels — spinning tops used to play a children’s game during the holiday — and a pomegranate plant with fruit and flowers.

Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp. As a Forever stamp, Hanukkah will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Hanukkah begins on the 25th of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar, a date that falls in late November or December. In 2018, Hanukkah begins at sundown Dec. 2.

           Madonna and child Forever stamp.

Postal Service Dedicating Madonna and Child Forever Stamp

September 07, 2018 

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What:

First-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Madonna and Child by Bachiacca Forever stamps. Bachiacca was known as an Italian Renaissance painter. His work still vividly evokes the timeless traditions of Christmas. News of the stamp is being shared on social media using the hashtags #ReligiousStamps and #ChristmasStamps

Who:

Kelly M. Sigmon, Vice President, Customer Experience, U.S. Postal Service
Mary-Anne Penner, Director, Stamp Services, U.S. Postal Service

When:

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, 9:30 a.m., Mountain Daylight Time

Where:

Loretto Chapel
207 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS.  

Background:   

Five centuries ago, Francesco d’Ubertino Verdi (1494–1557), the Italian Renaissance painter known as Bachiacca, proved to be a versatile and popular Florentine artist. This Christmas stamp features a detail of Bachiacca’s oil-and-gold-on-panel painting “Madonna and Child”, which dates from the early 1520s, showing the Christ child clutching a bouquet of jasmine, a symbol of divine love, alongside the Virgin Mary’s profile, left shoulder and right hand.

This painting is part of the Jack and Belle Linsky Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. William J. Gicker served as art director for this stamp, and Greg Breeding was the designer.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide. Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price. Information on ordering first-day-of-issue postmarks and covers is at usps.com/shop under “Collectors.” A video of the ceremony will be available on Facebook.com/usps.

         2018 Santa stamps

USPS Issues “Sparkling Holidays” Stamps and Souvenir Sheet

Offerings Feature Sundblom Santa Paintings from Coca-Cola Ads

August 28, 2018 

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WHAT: 

U.S. Postmaster General and CEO Megan Brennan Dedicates New Sparkling Holidays Forever Stamps

WHEN: 

Oct. 11, 2018
11:15 a.m. (EDT)

WHERE: 

The Inn at Christmas Place
119 Christmas Tree Lane
Pigeon Forge, TN 37868

WHY: 

The Postal Service issues four new stamps and a souvenir sheet showcasing classic images of Santa Claus painted by famed commercial artist Haddon Sundblom. Each stamp portrays a close-up of Santa’s face. The four images featured in the booklet are details from larger paintings created by Sundblom and originally published in ads for The Coca-Cola Company from the 1940s through the early 1960s. Sundblom is the man credited with refining the modern image of Santa Claus.

The souvenir sheet includes a semi-jumbo stamp as part of a wider scene of one of Sundblom's paintings chosen for the Sparkling Holidays stamp booklet. In it, Santa is depicted standing by a fireplace holding a book that lists good boys and girls. Three Christmas stockings hang along a mantel decorated with greens and ornaments. Peering over his glasses, Santa reads a note among the stockings.

A quatrefoil design element surrounded by a metallic gold background encloses the scene. The use of gold metallic ink, the flow of the type, and the organic shape of the border are intended to harken back to the graphic style of the first half of the 20th century. Art director Greg Breeding designed the souvenir sheet and the stamps.

Santa’s legend is based on customs brought to America by European immigrants. St. Nicholas, the Dutch Sinterklaas, was one of Santa’s forebearers. He delivered gifts on Dec. 5, the eve of his feast day.

Note: Sparkling Holidays Stamps, sold in books of 20, and the Sparkling Holidays Souvenir Sheet, with one stamp, will be available for pre-order online starting Sept. 14 at The Postal Store at usps.com. The souvenir sheet will only be sold through usps.com or by calling 1-800-STAMP24.


     USPS announces Hot Wheels Forever stamps

U.S. Postal Service to Release Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Forever Stamps

10 Designs Pay Homage to the Iconic Hot Wheels Cars

August 15, 2018 

WASHINGTON — In celebration of Hot Wheels’ 50th anniversary, the U.S. Postal Service will issue 20 Forever stamps showcasing some of the most outrageous car designs from Hot Wheels.

For the first time, Hot Wheels car designs will grace the face of Forever stamps for fans of all ages to enjoy. Arranged in diagonal rows, the 20 stamps showcase photographer Len Rizzi’s images of 10 Hot Wheels cars — two of each design — speeding along a bright orange track.

Each stamp features the name of the vehicle shown in one of the top corners and the words “USA” and “Forever” in one of the bottom corners. The iconic Hot Wheels logo appears in the top right corner of the pane. The back of the pane displays the Hot Wheels 50th anniversary logo. The stamps will be dedicated during a first-day-of-issue ceremony on a date and location to be announced soon.

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     The Art of Magic Appears on Postage

It’s Magic!

The Art of Magic Appears on Postage

August 07, 2018 


LAS VEGAS — Through captivating skill and mystique, magicians have been making people believe in magic for centuries. Now the wonder and excitement of magical illusions are captured on U.S. Postal Service Forever stamps.

The Art of Magic Forever stamps were dedicated today in a first-day-of-issue ceremony in Las Vegas at The Orleans Hotel and Casino. The pane of 20 stamps features digital illustrations of five classic tricks magicians use to amaze and delight audiences. For those looking for additional magic, a lenticular souvenir sheet of three of the stamps is also available, featuring a digital illustration that shows a white rabbit actually popping out of a black top hat, a technique used for the first time on a U.S. postage stamp.

“From backyard birthday parties to Las Vegas auditoriums, from the largest of illusions to sleight-of-hand tricks performed merely inches from our eyes, magic reminds us that wonder and astonishment are still alive and well,” said USPS Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President Jeffrey Williamson, who served as dedicating official at the ceremony. “Today, we tip our symbolic top hats and dedicate this collection of stamps to magic and magicians who inspire, amuse, bewilder and astound us.” 

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            A Magical Illusion on a Postage Stamp

A Magical Illusion on a Postage Stamp

U.S. Postal Service to Offer Special Souvenir Sheet

August 01, 2018 

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LAS VEGAS — The U.S. Postal Service will soon release a special souvenir sheet of stamps that call to mind a famous illusion.

The Art of Magic souvenir sheet will feature three identical stamps that show a white rabbit in a black hat. By rotating each stamp, you can see the rabbit “pop” out of the hat. The Postal Service used lenticular printing, a method that creates the illusion of movement and depth, to produce the stamp. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp, and Jay Fletcher created the illustration and served as the typographer.

Another version of the stamp, without the magical effect, will also appear in a pane of 20 of The Art of Magic stamps that feature classic depictions of magic. This pane will include stamps that show a fortune teller using a crystal ball (prediction), a woman floating in air (levitation), an empty bird cage (vanishing) and a bird emerging from a flower (transformation).

The Art of Magic stamps on both the pane and the special souvenir sheet are Forever stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

USPS will release the stamps Tuesday, Aug. 7.

The souvenir sheet will only be available for purchase online at usps.com, mail order through USA Philatelic, and by toll-free phone order at 1-800-STAMP-24.


U.S. Postal Service Announcing Updates for 2018 Stamp Dedications

July 26, 2018 

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Name of Stamp Issuance

FDOI Date

City

ST

Global Poinsettia*

8/26/18

Kansas City

MO

“Madonna and Child” by Bachiacca

10/3/18

Santa Fe

NM

Kwanzaa

10/10/18

Raleigh

NC

Sparkling Holidays

10/11/18

Pigeon Forge

TN

Hanukkah

10/16/18

Newport

RI

*Indicates there will not be a first-day-of-issue ceremony.

Additional information about the availability of these stamps and first-day-of-issue events will be provided at a later date.

            Birds in Winter Nest Forever stamps

Birds in Winter Nest on Postage

New U.S. Postal Service Stamps to be Dedicated in Vermont

July 26, 2018 

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates four of winter’s winged beauties with the Birds in Winter Forever stamps. The stamps feature the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus), the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), the blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) and the red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus).

Share the news on social media using the hashtag, #BirdsinWinterStamps.

When:

Saturday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Where:

Vermont Institute of Natural Science
149 Natures Way
Quechee, VT 05059

All guests must RSVP online at usps.com/birdsinwinter to attend the ceremony.

Background:

The stamp art features four striking designs that highlight the handsome plumage of these resident birds. The vivid contrast with the bright flashes of color found in the digital rendering of each bird evokes the drab feeling of winter with the stark white backgrounds. A limited palette and simplified shapes give the art a bold, fresh look.

In the dead of winter, when trees have shed their leaves and snow has blanketed the ground, the lively sights and sounds of resident birds can be a welcome relief. For serious birders or casual nature lovers alike, spotting these beautiful creatures in backyards, parks, and forests is a treat during the year’s coldest months.

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps with original artwork by Nadia Taylor.

The Birds in Winter stamps are being issued as Forever stamps in booklets of 20. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.


    Dragons Forever stamps

Dragons Forever!

U.S. Postal Service to Feature Mythological Creatures on Stamps

July 25, 2018 

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate dragons: The high-flying, fire-breathing creatures that have roamed our imaginations for millennia will be featured on 16 new Forever stamps during a first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony at the American Philatelic Society Stamp (APS) Show co-hosted by the American Topical Association.

Please share the news using the hashtag #DragonStamps.  This ceremony is free and open to the public.  RSVP at usps.com/dragons. (Note: Attendees must register onsite at the APS registration booth to receive a pass for access to the exhibit floor where the ceremony will be held.)

Who:

Mary-Anne Penner, director, Stamp Services, U.S. Postal Service
Joshua Colin, vice president, Area Operations, Eastern Area, 
U.S. Postal Service
Scott D. English, executive director, American Philatelic Society
Janet Klug, chair, Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee

When:

Noon EDT, Thursday, Aug. 9

Where:

American Philatelic Society National Summer Convention Stamp Show
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Exhibit Hall B
400 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS.

Background:

Throughout history and across the globe — from Europe to the Middle East to Asia to the Americas — people have enjoyed tales of the mythological creatures. Though these legendary animals vary in shape, size and color, they’re most often described as lizard-like with four legs, sharp claws, scales, wings, and spiky tails. The stamps feature four colorful dragons set against four unique backgrounds.

Each of the 16 stamps showcases one of four dragons: a green fire-breathing dragon towering over a medieval-inspired castle; a purple dragon with orange wings and sharp black armor on its back snaking around a white castle; a black dragon with green wings and green armor on its back swooping past a ship on the sea; and a wingless orange dragon weaving its way around a pagoda.

The stamps feature digital illustrations created by artist Don Clark of Invisible Creature studio. Art director Greg Breeding designed the issuance.


  Poinsettia Forever stamp  Christmas Forever stamp  Kwanzaa Forever stamp  Hanukkah Forever stamp

U.S. Postal Service Delivers Happy Holidays

New 2018 Forever Stamps

July 24, 2018 

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Global Poinsettia

Celebrate the holidays with Poinsettia, a new Global Forever stamp. This stamp can be used to mail a 1-ounce letter to any country where First-Class Mail International service is available. As with all Global Forever stamps, this stamp will have a postage value equivalent to the price of the single-piece First-Class Mail International 1-ounce machineable letter in effect at the time of use. These stamps can also be used domestically.

The stamp art features a photo of a poinsettia. Taken from above, the photo captures the beauty of the green leaves, the red bracts, and the yellow flowers in the center of the plant.

Poinsettias are now as much a part of the holidays as evergreens and mistletoe; tens of millions of plants are sold during the season.

The art director for this stamp was William J. Gicker. Greg Breeding designed the stamp with an existing photograph by Betsy Pettet.

The new Global Forever stamps are being issued in self-adhesive panes of 10.

Madonna and Child by Bachiacca

Five centuries ago, Francesco d’Ubertino Verdi (1494–1557), the Italian Renaissance painter known as Bachiacca, proved himself to be a versatile and popular Florentine artist. Today, his work still vividly evokes the timeless traditions of Christmas.

This stamp features a detail of Bachiacca’s oil-and-gold-on-panel painting “Madonna and Child,” which dates from the early 1520s, showing the Christ child clutching a bouquet of jasmine, a symbol of divine love, alongside the Virgin Mary’s profile, left shoulder and right hand.

This painting is part of the Jack and Belle Linsky Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. William J. Gicker served as art director for this stamp, and Greg Breeding was the designer.

“Madonna and Child” is being issued as a Forever stamp and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Kwanzaa

With this new stamp, the Postal Service celebrates Kwanzaa with the seventh stamp since 1997 designed for the annual Pan-African holiday. Kwanzaa takes place over seven days from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, and brings family, community and culture together for many African-Americans.

The stamp depicts a man, woman and child adorned in a mixture of western and traditional clothing, paying tribute to the holiday’s focus on the contemporary African-American experience, while also drawing on African roots. The family is gathered around a kinara (candleholder), the warm light from seven candles (mishumaa saba) illuminating their faces. Several other important Kwanzaa symbols sit on the table — a few ears of corn (muhindi)and various fruits and vegetables (mazao); the kikombe cha umoja (unity cup); and the mkeka, a straw mat on top of which everything is placed.

Created in 1966 during the height of the Black Freedom Movement, Kwanzaa was conceived as a unifying holiday during initiatives to end racial oppression in the United States. It draws on African traditions, deriving its name from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” meaning “first fruits.” With origins in Africa’s ancient and modern first-harvest festivities, Kwanzaa synthesizes and reimagines many of these communal traditions as a contemporary celebration and reaffirmation of African-American culture.

Artist Floyd Cooper worked with art director Derry Noyes, who designed the stamp.

Hanukkah

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is celebrated with a new stamp issued jointly with Israel Post. Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in the second century B.C. after it was reclaimed from armies that desecrated the sanctuary. Tradition relates that during the Temple rededication — Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for “dedication” — the sacramental oil needed to light the lamps was enough to burn for only one day; miraculously, it burned for eight days until new oil could be pressed. To commemorate this story, celebrations include the ritual lighting of the hanukiah, the nine-branched menorah used only during Hanukkah. Eight branches hold candles representing each of the eight nights and days of Hanukkah; the ninth, the shamash or “servant,” is used to light the other candles.

The stamp features a Hanukkah menorah created using Jewish folk art papercutting techniques. Artist Tamar Fishman made a pencil sketch of the design, then cut the two-dimensional image on white paper with a fine blade. She chose blue-purple and green papers for the background to highlight the central design. Behind the menorah is a shape reminiscent of an ancient oil jug that represents the heart of the Hanukkah miracle. Additional design elements include dreidels — spinning tops used to play a children’s game during the holiday — and a pomegranate plant with fruit and flowers.

Hanukkah is a family-centered holiday, with celebrations taking place in people’s homes. Games, songs, gifts and food all contribute to making the holiday festive and fun for family and friends.

Hanukkah begins on the 25th of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar, a date that falls in late November or December. In 2018, Hanukkah begins at sundown Dec 2.

Art director Ethel Kessler was the designer. Tamar Fishman created the original art for the stamp.


         First Responders Forever stamp

New Forever Stamp Salutes First Responders

Dedication Ceremony at Montana Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center

July 17, 2018 

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WHO:

The firefighters, emergency medical professionals and law enforcement officers who serve our communities across the nation.

WHAT:

Honored on a Forever stamp at U.S. Postal Service first-day-of-issue ceremony

WHEN:

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
11 a.m. (MDT)

WHERE:  

Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center 
5765 W. Broadway St.
Missoula, MT 59808

WHY:

Emergencies of various types occur in our communities every day, from crimes and medical incidents to accidents and fires. These critical situations require men and women who possess the training and knowledge to rescue the endangered, treat the injured, and restore safety and order. With this stamp, the Postal Service recognizes all first responders for their skill, dedication and uncommon bravery.

Note: The dedicating official will be Guy Cottrell, Chief Postal Inspector, U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Artist Brian Stauffer worked with art director and designer Antonio Alcalá and designer Ricky Altizer to create this stamp. Additional details will be provided before the ceremony date.

             John Lennon stamp sheet.

U.S. Postal Service Honors John Lennon with New Commemorative Forever Stamp

July 11, 2018 

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What:

John Lennon Forever stamp dedication ceremony, officiated by Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan

When:

Friday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Where:

Namburg Bandshell
Central Park, near East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue 
New York, NY 10065

Background: 

This stamp, honoring legendary singer and songwriter John Lennon, is the latest in a series of Music Icons stamps. Beloved around the world, Lennon was successful both as a founding member of the Beatles and as a solo artist. Lennon's music continues to speak for truth, peace, and tolerance.

The stamp artwork features a 1974 photo of John Lennon taken by noted rock music photographer Bob Gruen for Lennon’s “Walls and Bridges”album. The stamp pane resembles a vintage 45-rpm record sleeve and features Lennon at his white piano on the reverse side. The photograph, taken by Peter Fordham, was used to promote Lennon’s landmark 1971 solo album, “Imagine.”

   Statue of Freedom stamps

U.S. Postal Service Issues High-denomination Statue of Freedom Stamps

Vintage Look Evokes Head of Freedom Stamp from 1923

June 27, 2018 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service has issued a set of three high-denomination stamps featuring an illustration of the statue that tops the U.S. Capitol dome. The $1, $2 and $5 stamps were issued in Bellefonte, PA. 
                          
The stamps, designed by art director Greg Breeding, offer a modern take on vintage patriotic stamp art for use on packages, large envelopes and other mailings. The artwork is based on an engraved vignette originally created for a 1923 stamp, the $5 Head of Freedom Statue, by John Eissler (1873-1962). The stamp design is intaglio-printed, meaning the design is transferred to paper from an engraved plate. The illustration is emerald green on the $1 stamp, indigo blue on the $2 stamp and brick red on the $5 stamp.

American sculptor Thomas Crawford (1814–1857) created the allegorical Statue of Freedom during the mid-1850s. The statue wears a variation on a Roman helmet — circled by stars, topped with an eagle head, and embellished by feathered plumes.

The statue’s installation onto the new Capitol dome was completed in 1863.

Customers may purchase the Statue of Freedom stamps at The Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) or at Post Office facilities nationwide. A variety of stamps and collectibles also are available at ebay.com/stamps. The $1 and $2 stamps will be sold in sheets of 10 and the $5 stamps will be sold in a sheet of four.

           Sparkling Holiday Forever stamps

U.S. Postal Service to Issue Classic Santa Stamps this Christmas

Art Features Images from 1950s Coca-Cola Ads

June 26, 2018 

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WASHINGTON — It’s beginning to look like a classic Christmas! This October, the Postal Service will ring in the 2018 holiday season with four Sparkling Holidays stamps featuring character-rich close-ups of Santa Claus.

The Santa images are from Haddon Sundblom paintings created for The Coca-Cola Company holiday advertisements that ran from the1940s through the early 1960s. Sundblom, a famed commercial artist, depicted a rosy-cheeked, smiling, grandfatherly man in a red suit that came to embody the very essence of “Santa.”

The Sparkling Holidays stamps will be issued as Forever stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Additional details will be announced before the stamps’ release.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

              Zoinks! Everyone’s Favorite Great Dane, SCOOBY-DOO

Zoinks! Everyone’s Favorite Great Dane, SCOOBY-DOO,

is New Addition to the 2018 Forever Stamp Program

June 14, 2018 

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WASHINGTON — Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” For nearly 50 years, this call has summoned the beloved animated Great Dane wherever help is needed. The U.S. Postal Service, in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, is excited to announce a new Forever stamp will be issued July 14 highlighting the popular canine and his new social responsibility initiative, Scooby-Doo DOO GOOD. The stamp ceremony will be held at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.

This new issuance is a 12-stamp sheet featuring Scooby-Doo helping out by watering a blossoming plant in a flowerpot — a simple act symbolizing a component of the “Doo Good” campaign’s effort to provide young people with tools and activities geared toward enriching the environment. The campaign, launching this year in partnership with generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, also focuses on helping the hungry and acting as animal allies.

The lovable, iconic Great Dane Scooby-Doo has solved mystery after spooky mystery since his 1969 debut. With his teenage friends — Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy — Scooby is at the heart of one of the most enduring cartoon franchises in television history. The charismatic canine has now fronted more than a dozen TV series, plus direct-to-video animated films, comic books and live-action cinematic releases.

In Scooby-Doo’s comedy–mystery adventures, he and the gang investigate strange plots in eerie locales as they travel in their colorful van, the Mystery Machine. Scooby Snacks are always on hand; the tempting treats empower the cowardly Scooby to sniff out clues. Once the gang musters courage, cooperates, and persists in their dogged investigations, the spooky schemers’ plots are exposed.

Three generations of fans have now embraced Scooby-Doo and the “meddling kids,” as they are often called by the villains unmasked at the conclusion of each Scooby-Doo mystery.

Art director Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, worked closely with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, to design this stamp.

             Red US Air Mail forever stamp

Red Letter Day

U.S. Postal Service Continues 100th Anniversary Commemoration

June 11, 2018 

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What:

First-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the second United States Air Mail Forever stamp. The event is free and open to the public. Please share the news using the hashtags #AirMailStamps and #USAirMail.

When:

Saturday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time   

Where:

College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive
College Park, MD 20740

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS.  

Background:  

In May, the Postal Service issued a United States Air Mail Blue Forever stamp to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of airmail service. Now, a United States Air Mail Red Forever stamp is being issued to mark the 100th anniversary of the Post Office Department’s taking charge of the nation’s airmail service and making it part of the fabric of the American economy.

The Post Office Department initiated regular U.S. Air Mail Service from College Park Airfield in Maryland to New York City on Aug. 12, 1918. This 218-mile route was the first step in establishing a transcontinental route by air. Operating from Aug. 12, 1918, through Sept. 1, 1927, this pioneering aviation service was instrumental in developing a critical infrastructure—profitable routes, lighted airfields for night flying, and improved navigational tools—that allowed it to succeed and prosper.

      Art of Magic stamp

Abracadabra!

The Art of Magic Forever Stamps Appear in Las Vegas

June 07, 2018 

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What:

Magic, an art form that has entertained Americans for centuries, will appear on The Art of Magic Forever stamps and be celebrated during a magical first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony presented by the United States Postal Service. The event is free and open to the public. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are limited to a first-come, first-served basis.

When:

Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 2:15 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Where:

The Orleans Hotel and Casino
4500 W. Tropicana Ave. 
Las Vegas, NV 89103

Background:  

Magic has long held a special place in the nation’s history. American magicians perform in arenas, theaters and even backyards. No matter how big or small, a magic show will always inspire wonder.

The stamps feature five classic tricks magicians use to amaze and delight audiences: a rabbit in a top hat (production), a fortune teller using a crystal ball (prediction), a woman floating in air (levitation), an empty bird cage (vanishing) and a bird emerging from a flower (transformation).


              World War I stamp

Honoring the Vital Role of American Troops in the First World War

Postal Service to Dedicate WWI: Turning the Tide Commemorative Forever Stamp on July 27

May 31, 2018 

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What:

First-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the WWI: Turning the Tide Forever stamp. Tickets are limited for this event. Share the news on social media using #WorldWarIStamp.

When:

Friday, July 27, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. Central Daylight Time

Where:

National WWI Museum and Memorial
2 Memorial Drive
Kansas City, MO 64108

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS.

Background:  

World War I was a devastating four-year global conflict (1914-1918) that reshaped the map of Europe. The United States remained neutral in the war until April 1917, when the nation declared war on Germany and entered on the side of the Allies — Britain, France and Russia.

The American Expeditionary Force, which ultimately grew to nearly 5 million troops, did not see major action until the spring of 1918. Then, in six months of intense combat, American troops played an indispensable role in turning the tide of war in favor of the Allies.

The Postal Service pays tribute to the sacrifice of these and countless other Americans—including millions of supporters on the home front — who experienced the seminal conflict of the 20th century.

         Frozen Treats Forever stamps

U.S. Postal Service’s First Scratch-and-Sniff Stamps Evoke a Sweet Summer Scent

May 21, 2018 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service’s first scratch-and-sniff stamps will add the sweet scent of summer to letters of love, friendship, party invitations and other mailings when the Postal Service introduces the Frozen Treats Forever stamps June 20 in Austin, TX.

The stamps can be pre-ordered at this link soon for delivery shortly after the June 20 issuance.

The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony, free and open to the public, will take place at 6 p.m. CDT at Austin’s Thinkery Children’s MuseumFollowers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS. Share the news using the hashtag #FrozenTreatsStamps.

The stamps feature illustrations of frosty, colorful, icy pops on a stick. Today, Americans love cool, refreshing ice pops on a hot summer day. The tasty, sweet confections come in a variety of shapes and flavors.

Ice pops are made by large manufacturers, home cooks and artisanal shops. In recent years, frozen treats containing fresh fruit such as kiwi, watermelon, blueberries, oranges and strawberries have become more common. In addition, flavors such as chocolate, root beer and cola are also popular. Some frozen treats even have two sticks, making them perfect for sharing.

This booklet of 20 stamps showcases the work of Margaret Berg of Santa Monica, CA, depicting whimsical watercolor illustrations of frozen treats. Each of the 10 stamp designs includes two different treats. The words “FOREVER” and “USA” appear along the bottom of each stamp.

Art director Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, designed the stamps with Leslie Badani of Alexandria, VA.

Frozen Treats is being issued as First-Class Mail Forever stamps which will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

Stamp ideas welcome
The public is encouraged to submit stamp suggestions. Visit the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee website for details on the stamp selection process and instructions for submitting suggestions in writing. Due to the time required for research and approval, ideas for stamp subjects should be received at least three years prior to the proposed release. Each submission should include pertinent historical information and important dates associated with the subject.

         O Beautiful Forever stamp sheet

U.S. Postal Service to Issue O Beautiful Forever Stamps

May 17, 2018 

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What:

First-day-of-issue stamp dedication ceremony for the O Beautiful Forever stamps. The event is free and open to the public. News about these stamps is being shared with the hashtag #OBeautifulStamps.

When:

Wednesday, July 4, at 7:30 p.m. MDT

Where:

Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s July 4th Event — Summer Symphony


Memorial Park
1605 Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80910

Who:

U.S. Postal Service Colorado Wyoming District Manager Kevin Romero
Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra

Background:  

With the release of the O Beautiful Forever stamps, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates the beauty and majesty of the United States through 20 images that correspond with the lyrics of one of the nation’s most beloved songs, “America the Beautiful.” Each of the stamps features a photograph that helps illustrate one of five phrases from the song’s first verse: “Spacious Skies” (top row), “Waves of Grain” (second row), “Mountain Majesties” (third row), “The Fruited Plain” (fourth row), and “Sea to Shining Sea” (bottom row). Details of the locations — ranging from Maine to Hawaii — will be announced later.

U.S. Postal Service Announcing Dates and Locations for 2018 Upcoming Stamp Dedications

May 10, 2018 

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Name of Stamp Issuance

FDOI Date

City

ST

$1 Statue of Freedom

6/27/18

Bellefonte

PA

$2 Statue of Freedom

6/27/18

Bellefonte

PA

$5 Statue of Freedom

6/27/18

Bellefonte

PA

O Beautiful*

7/4/18

Colorado Springs

CO

WWI: Turning The Tide*

7/27/18

Kansas City

MO

The Art of Magic*

8/7/18

Las Vegas

NV

Dragons*

8/9/18

Columbus

OH

United States Air Mail (Red)*

8/11/18

College Park

MD

Music Icons:  John Lennon*

9/7/18

New York

NY

Birds in Winter*

9/22/18

Quechee

VT

*More information to come for these issuances with stamp dedication ceremonies.


                John Lennon Forever stamp, front

U.S. Postal Service Announces Updates to the 2018 Stamp Program

New John Lennon Artwork and Other Stamp Subjects Revealed

May 10, 2018 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today unveiled new artwork for the upcoming John Lennon Forever stamp and two additional subjects to the 2018 Stamp Program.

The Postal Service announced last December the newest stamps in the Music Icons series will honor singer and songwriter John Lennon (1940–1980), a rock-and-roll hero successful both as a founding member of the Beatles and as a solo artist. Still beloved around the world, Lennon's music remains an anchor of pop radio and continues to speak for truth, peace and tolerance.

For the first time, the Postal Service is revealing the full pane for these stamps, featuring a photograph of John Lennon taken by noted rock-and-roll photographer Bob Gruen in August 1974. Taken on the rooftop of Lennon’s Manhattan apartment, the photograph is part of a series of images taken by Gruen during the photo session for Lennon’s 1974 album Walls and Bridges.

The original black-and-white photograph has been treated in gradations of color: from yellow orange to red in the top row, from red to light purple in the second row, from light purple to dark purple in the third row and from dark purple to blue in the bottom row. Lennon’s signature appears at the top of the stamps. “USA,” the peace symbol, and the Forever denomination appear along the bottom.

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           Frozen Treats Forever stamp

U.S. Postal Service to Issue Frozen Treats Forever Stamps

May 01, 2018 

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What:

First-day-of-issue stamp dedication ceremony for the Frozen Treats Forever stamps. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP at usps.com/frozentreatsShare the news of the stamps using the hashtag #FrozenTreatsStamps.

When:

Wednesday, June 20, at 6 p.m.

Where:

Thinkery Children’s Museum
Event Courtyard 
1830 Simond Ave.
Austin, TX 78723

Parking is available at nearby Alamo Parking.  Tickets will be validated at the Thinkery Children’s Museum admission entrance.

Background:

Cool off with Frozen Treats, a U.S. Postal Service Forever stamp issuance featuring frosty, colorful, icy pops on a stick. The tasty, sweet confections come in a variety of shapes and flavors.

Today, Americans love cool, refreshing ice pops on a hot summer day. Modern frozen treats are available in many varieties. Ice pops are made by large manufacturers, home cooks, and artisanal shops. In recent years, frozen treats containing fresh fruit such as kiwi, watermelon, blueberries, oranges, and strawberries have become more common. In addition, flavors such as chocolate, root beer, and cola are also popular. Some frozen treats even have two sticks, making them perfect for sharing.

This booklet of 20 stamps showcases Margaret Berg’s whimsical watercolor illustrations of frozen treats. Each of the 10 stamp designs include two different treats. The words “FOREVER” and “USA” appear along the bottom of every stamp.

                  Flag Anniversary Forever stamp

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Flag Act of 1818

U.S. Postal Service Dedicating a New Forever Stamp Marking the Historic Milestone

May 01, 2018 

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What:

With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service is pleased to highlight the 200th anniversary of the Flag Act of 1818, which provided the basic design of the current American flag: 13 stripes symbolizing the original 13 colonies and one star for each state in the union.

The stamp art celebrating this anniversary shows a flag with 20 stars, the number of states in the Union when the Flag Act of 1818 went into effect. Ethel Kessler was art director for the stamp and typography was by Kit Hinrichs. Hinrichs shows a flag with crisp folds and a layering effect that conveys a sense of the dynamism of the young nation. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #FlagActStamp

Who:

Pat Mendonca, U.S. Postal Service Senior Director for the Postmaster General/CEO

When:

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 11:30 a.m., Central Daylight Time

Where:

68th Appleton Flag Day Parade
Houdini Plaza
100 W. Lawrence Street
Appleton, WI 54911

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS.

 

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/flagact to gain entrance to the event.

Background:

Two hundred years ago the Flag Act of 1818 gave us the basic design of the current American flag: 13 stripes and one star for each state in the Union.

Prior to the act, the nation’s official flag showed 15 stars and 15 stripes. The expansion of the union to 20 states by 1817 required a rethinking of the flag’s configuration. Rather than increasing the number of stripes every time a new state joined the union, the Flag Act reduced their number to 13, signifying the original 13 colonies, and increased the number of stars to reflect the current number of states in the union. The act specified that a new star would be added on the Fourth of July following the admission of a new state.

The United States flag has had 50 stars since July 4, 1960, when a new star was added after Hawaii became the 50th state.

              Air Mail Forever stamp

United States Postal Service to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of U.S. Air Mail Service

Dedicating United States Air Mail Forever Stamp

April 26, 2018 

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What:

First-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the United States Air Mail Forever stamp. The event is free and open to the public. Please share the news using the hashtags #AirMailStamps and #USAirMail.

Who:

Dr. Bill Harris, Deputy Director, Air Force History and Museums Policies and Programs 
Susan Brownell, Vice President,  Supply Management, United States Postal Service
Elliot Gruber, Director, Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Nancy Pope, Head Curator, Smithsonian National Postal Museum

When:

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 11 a.m.

Where:

National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS.  

Background:

On May 15, 1918, in the midst of World War I, a small group of Army pilots delivered mail along a route that linked Washington, DC; Philadelphia; and New York City — initiating the world's first regularly scheduled airmail service. The U.S. Post Office Department took charge of U.S. Air Mail service later that summer, operating it from Aug. 12, 1918, through Sept. 1, 1927.

On the 100th anniversary of the beginning of airmail service, this stamp celebrates the courage of the pioneering airmail carriers and the foresight of those who fostered the new service and made it a success.

Airmail delivery, daily except Sundays, became part of the fabric of the American economy and spurred the growth of the nation’s aviation industry.


 Air Mail Forever stamp

A second stamp, featured in red, will be released later this summer in commemoration of the Post Office Department’s U.S. Air Mail service. More details will be forthcoming.

Both stamps, printed in intaglio — a design engraved into the stamp paper — feature a drawing of the type of plane typically used in the early days of airmail, a Curtiss JN-4H biplane. The biplane was also featured on the stamps originally issued in 1918 to commemorate the beginning of regularly scheduled airmail service. The stamp design evokes that earlier period.

                Peace Rose stamp

Spring is in the Air!

Postal Service Dedicating the Peace Rose Forever Stamp

March 30, 2018 

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a new Forever stamp celebrating one of the most popular roses of all time. The new Peace Rose Forever stamp features a detail from a photograph of the rose’s blossom, its creamy yellow petals touched at the edges with pink. The peace rose revolutionized hybrid tea roses with its unique coloring, hardiness and disease resistance. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with an existing photograph taken by Richard C. Baer. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #PeaceRoseStamp and #FlowerStamps

Who:

Susan McKeen, director, Learning and Development, U.S. Postal Service
Patricia Shanley, president, American Rose Society
Sonia Meilland-Guibert, Research and Development, House of Meilland-Meilland International and granddaughter of Francis Meilland
Bob Martin, vice president, American Rose Society
Laura Seabaugh, executive director, American Rose Society
Bradd Yoder, president, Star Roses and Plants

When:

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 11 a.m., Central Daylight Time

Where:

Gardens of the American Rose Center
8877 Jefferson Paige Road
Shreveport, LA 71119

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS.  

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/peacerose to gain entrance to the event.

Background:

Development of what was to become the Peace Rose began with a famous rose-breeding family in mid-1930s France. In 1935, the Meilland family had crossbred hundreds of roses hoping to create new commercially viable varieties. One of the crosses yielded a unique bloom with yellow petals delicately edged with pink, which they named Madame A. Meilland. Years later, as World War II escalated in Europe and France was threatened with invasion, two packages of the new rose’s budwood were sent to plantsmen in Germany and Italy. A third package was entrusted to the U.S. consul, who took it with him as he left France and promised to send it on to American grower Conard-Pyle. This U.S. breeder cultivated the rose and sent cuttings to other growers to test the plant in various climatic zones and soil conditions. The trials were so successful that the rose was introduced April 29, 1945, and made available for sale to the public. With war still raging across the globe, American growers selected a new name for the rose as a reflection of the world’s most fervent desire: peace.

U.S. Postal Service to Dedicate Sally Ride Forever Stamp

March 21, 2018 

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                                 Sally Ride Forever stamp

WHAT:

First-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Sally Ride Forever stamp. The event is free and open to the public.Please share the news using the hashtags #SallyRideForever and #AstronautStamps.

WHO:

Megan J. BrennanPostmaster General and Chief Executive Officer
Pradeep K. Khosla, chancellor, University of California San Diego
Billie Jean King, tennis legend and champion of social justice; friend of Sally Ride 
Ellen Ochoa, first Hispanic woman in space and director of the Johnson Space Center; friend of Sally Ride 
Tam O’Shaughnessy, co-founder and executive director of Sally Ride Scienceat University of California San Diego; widow of Sally Ride
Becky Petitt, vice chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, University of California San Diego

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 23 at 5 p.m. PDT

WHERE:

The Price Center, University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS.

BACKGROUND:

America’s first woman in space, Dr. Sally Ride (1951–2012) inspired the nation as a pioneering astronaut, brilliant scientist, and dedicated educator.

On June 18, 1983, Ride launched through Earth’s atmosphere aboard space shuttle Challenger, becoming the first American woman to reach space. For six days, she worked closely with her four male crewmates, proving to the world below that women were just as adept as their male counterparts in the final frontier.

Ride was the only person to sit on the investigative panels for both the Challenger and Columbia accidents. As a professor, she used her experience as an astronaut to explain complicated physics principles. In 2001, she cofounded a company devoted to fostering interest and skills in science, technology, engineering, and math among young people, particularly girls.

Through her love of science and determination to improve our world, Ride left a lasting impact on generations of students and the future of American space exploration.

After the stamp dedication ceremony, Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego will celebrate the occasion with a panel discussion on Women in Leadership at 6:30 p.m. Visit Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego for more information.

            Air Mail Forever stamp

United States Postal Service to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of U.S. Airmail Service

First of Two United States Air Mail Forever Stamps to be Dedicated May 1

March 21, 2018 

WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service will honor the beginning of airmail service by dedicating two United States Air Mail Forever stamps this year.

The first, depicted above in blue, commemorates the pioneering spirit of the brave pilots who first flew the mail in the early years of aviation. The first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place May 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public. Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS. News about the stamps can be shared with the hashtags #AirMailStamps and #USAirMail.

On May 15, 1918, in the midst of World War I, a small group of Army pilots delivered mail along a route that linked Washington, Philadelphia, and New York—initiating the world's first regularly scheduled airmail service.


 Air Mail Forever stamp

The United States Post Office Department, the predecessor to the U.S. Postal Service, took charge of the U.S. Air Mail Service later that summer, operating it from Aug. 12, 1918, through Sept. 1, 1927. Airmail delivery, daily except on Sundays, became part of the fabric of the American economy and spurred growth of the nation’s aviation industry.

The second stamp, red and pictured left, will commemorate this milestone with its first-day-of-issue to take place later this summer.

Both stamps, printed in the intaglio print method— a design transferred to paper from an engraved plate — depict the type of plane typically used in the early days of airmail, a Curtiss JN-4H biplane. The biplane was also featured on the stamps originally issued in 1918 to commemorate the beginning of regularly scheduled airmail service. The stamp designs evoke that earlier period.

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       Dragon stamps

Dragons Coming to a Post Office Near You!

Postal Service to Feature Mythological Creatures on Stamps at APS National Summer Convention Stamp Show

March 20, 2018 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will be joined by the American Philatelic Society (APS) to unveil four colorful stamp designs of 16 Forever stamps depicting dragons — the high-flying, fire-breathing mythological creatures that have roamed our imaginations for millennia — at the APS national summer convention and stamp show Aug. 9-12 in Columbus, OH.

“We’re very excited to bring these beautiful stamps to the 132nd annual APS convention,” said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Director Mary-Anne Penner. “This is one of the premier stamp shows in America and serves as an excellent platform to showcase these special stamps.”

“We’re thrilled to have USPS unveil these great stamps with us in Columbus,” said Scott English, APS executive director. “There will be something for the whole family highlighting this cool theme. No experience necessary, so we hope you join us!”

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                  STEM Education Forever stamps

Postal Service to Celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Dedicating STEM Education Forever Stamps

March 06, 2018 

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service will salute the role of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in keeping our nation a global leader in innovation and providing new opportunities for all Americans to learn and explore the world with the STEM Education Commemorative Forever Stamps First-Day-of-Issue Dedication Ceremony. Please share the news using the hashtags #EducationStamps and #STEMEducation.

When:

Friday, April 6, 2018, 11 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time

Where:

USA Science & Engineering Festival
Walter E. Washington Convention Center- Hall E
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS.  

Media check-in:

There will be a room dedicated for all media to check-in (Room 155). Media can enter the Convention Center at the main entrance on Mt. Vernon and will be directed to the stamp dedication ceremony. To learn more and to register as media visit: usasciencefestival.org/media/media-kit.

RSVP:

Dedication ceremony attendees must RSVP at usps.com/stemeducation to gain access to the event. Registered attendees will enter through the Convention Center’s main entrance on Mt. Vernon Place NW to check-in at the Welcome/Info booth and will be directed to Hall E on the upper level of the Convention Center for the dedication ceremony.

Background:

In an increasingly competitive world, proficiency in the fields collectively known as STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — is more critical than ever. These stamps are designed to pique the curiosity of customers and feature a collage of faces, symbols, drawings and numbers that represent the complexity and interconnectedness of the STEM disciplines. Artist David Plunkert worked with art director Antonio Alcalá to create these stamps.

                    Illinois Forever Stamps

Illinois Statehood Forever Stamp Dedicated Today

March 05, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois, our nation’s 21st state, will celebrate its bicentennial Dec. 3, 2018. To celebrate this milestone, the U.S. Postal Service dedicated the Illinois Statehood Forever stamp today at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield.

“We are thrilled to honor Illinois as a state that has been instrumental to American ingenuity and the American spirit,” said U.S. Postal Service Acting Customer and Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President Jacqueline Krage Strako in dedicating the stamp. “The truth is: Illinois defies simple definition. It’s cosmopolitan and quaint, tough and nurturing — all at the same time. It’s a state with broad shoulders, a caring heart and Midwestern grit and values. Illinois is where the heartland calls home.”

Joining Krage Strako in the dedication were Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner(via video), Deputy Governor Leslie Munger, Springfield Mayor James Langfelder, Illinois Bicentennial Commission Co-Chair Randy Dunn and Illinois State Historian Sam Wheeler.

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U.S. Postal Service Provides Dates and Locations

for 2018 Second Quarter Stamp Dedications

February 28, 2018 

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Name of Stamp

First Day of Issue Date

City

State

STEM Education

4/06

Washington

DC

Peace Rose

4/21

Shreveport

LA

United States Airmail

5/01

Washington

DC

Sally Ride

5/23

La Jolla

CA

Flag Act of 1818

6/09

Appleton

WI


More information about each stamp dedication will be released at a later date.

                       U.S. Postal Service to Dedicate Mister Rogers Forever Stamp

U.S. Postal Service to Dedicate Mister Rogers Forever Stamp

February 02, 2018 

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WHAT:

First-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Mister Rogers Forever stamp. The event is free and open to the public. Please share the news using the hashtag #MisterRogersStamp.

WHO:

Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Megan J. Brennan

WHEN:

Friday, March 23 at 11 a.m. ET

WHERE:

WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio
4802 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

BACKGROUND:         

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS.

Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was known as a beloved television neighbor to generations of children. His groundbreaking public television series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity and honesty.

Filmed in Pittsburgh and first distributed nationally in 1968 by a predecessor of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the program was innovative and unlike anything on television for children at that time. Each episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”began with its host welcoming the audience into his television house. While singing “Won't You Be My Neighbor?” Rogers always put on his trademark cardigan, changed into sneakers and then introduced the day’s topic. He discussed many of the experiences of growing up, delicately covering everything from sharing and friendship to difficult subjects like anger, fear and divorce.

               Bioluminescent Life Forever stamps

U.S. Postal Service to Dedicate Bioluminescent Life Stamps

January 30, 2018 

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WHAT:

First-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Bioluminescent Life Forever stamps. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP at usps.com/bioluminescentsPlease share the news using the hashtag #BioluminescentStamps.  

WHO:

U.S. Postal Service Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President Jeffrey C. Williamson. 
Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA) CEO/Senior Scientist Dr. Edith Widder, whose photographs appear on seven stamp images.

WHEN:

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 11 a.m.

WHERE:

Sunrise Theatre
117 S. 2nd Street
Ft. Pierce, FL 34950

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS.  

BACKGROUND:         

Recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on deep-sea exploration, Dr. Edith Widder, founder, CEO and senior scientist at ORCA, will share research findings about the fascinating world of bioluminescent life. Her photographs appear on seven stamp images.

Bioluminescence — the ability of some living things to generate their own light — occurs on many branches of the tree of life. This pane of 20 stamps showcases 10 examples of Bioluminescent Life.

At center top, the selvage — or area outside the stamps — features a transparent deep-sea comb jelly (Gregory G. Dimijian photo), surrounded by images of the firefly squid (Danté Fenolio). The title “BIOLUMINESCENT LIFE” appears on the selvage above the pane of stamps.

Eight stamp images represent the work of some of the top explorers of the bioluminescent ocean realm, and two portray land-based species. The stamps feature: deep-ocean octopus (Widder); midwater jellyfish (Widder); deep-sea comb jelly (Widder); mushroom (Taylor F. Lockwood); firefly (Gail Shumway); bamboo coral (Widder); marine worm (Widder); crown jellyfish (Widder); a second type of marine worm (Steve Haddock); and sea pen (Widder).

                   U.S. Postal Service to Dedicate U.S. Flag Forever Stamps

U.S. Postal Service to Dedicate U.S. Flag Forever Stamps

January 24, 2018 

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WHAT:

First-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the U.S. Flag Forever stamps. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to usps.com/usflags. Please share the news using the hashtag #USFlagStamps.  

WHO:

U.S. Postal Service Acting South Florida District Manager Timothy Costello
American Stamp Dealer Association Executive Director Dana Guyer

WHEN:

Fri., Feb. 9 @ 11 a.m.

WHERE:

American Stamp Dealer Association Winter Postage Stamp Show
War Memorial Auditorium
800 NE 8th ST
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304

BACKGROUND:      For more than half a century, U.S. stamps have depicted the American flag in vivid red, white, and blue. This eye-catching new issuance continues that tradition with a striking graphic design of a flag with two crisp folds.

Kit Hinrichs of San Francisco, who created the digital illustration for this stamp, is the founder and director of an educational foundation devoted to the American flag. Because the foundation has a collection of more than 5,000 items, Hinrichs is especially aware of the countless ways the flag has been interpreted in art.

For this stamp, Hinrichs created a design that shows a flag with a crisp edge and a contemporary look, with a shadow on the small, visible portion of the back to suggest a sense of depth.

Sleeping Bear Dunes Forever stampByodo-In Temple Forever stamp

U.S. Postal Service to Issue Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail Stamps Sunday

January 19, 2018 

KANSAS CITY, MO — The U.S. Postal Service will issue the new $24.70 Priority Mail Express Sleeping Bear Dunes stamp and the $6.70 Byodo-In Temple Priority Mail stamp Sunday, Jan. 21.

A special dedication ceremony will take place at Michigan’s Sleeping Bears Dunes National Lakeshore later in the year. A special dedication ceremony will take place at the Byodo-In Temple Jan. 23 on the island of O’ahu Hawaii.

Priority Mail is a fast domestic service that includes flat-rate shipping in one, two or three business days based on where your package starts and where it’s being sent. Priority Mail Express is the fastest domestic service, with limited exceptions, available 365 days a year, with a money-back guarantee and delivery shipping to most U.S. addresses, including PO Boxes.

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              Meyer Lemons Forever stamp

These New Meyer Lemons Stamps Are Sweet!

January 19, 2018 

KENNER, LA — If these Meyer Lemons stamps were real, they’d be sweeter than true lemons, with hints of mandarin and sweet lime… yum!

Available in coils of 10,000, the 2-cent denominated stamps were dedicated today, Jan. 19, at the Winter 2018 Stampfest and Postcard Show in Kenner, LA. The stamp can be used as additional postage that can be added to other stamps to meet the necessary postage for any given mail piece. For collectors, this stamp is also available in coil strips of 500 through Stamp Fulfillment Services.  

“I am honored to represent the Postal Service for the unveiling of the Meyer Lemons stamp,” said U.S. Postal Service Louisiana District Operations Programs Support Manager Keith Accardo in dedicating the stamp. “These lemons are sought by chefs and home cooks throughout our region. The new postage stamp will depict the word “USA” on the side and will value a new two-cent definitive. I look forward to purchasing these stamps and encourage you all to do the same.”

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              Lena Horne Forever stamp

Postal Service to Salute Black History Month

Dedicating Lena Horne Black Heritage Forever Stamp

December 28, 2017 

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service will honor legendary performer and civil rights activist Lena Horne on the 41st stamp in the Black Heritage stamp series. Please share the news using hashtags #LenaHorneForever and #BlackHeritageStamps.

When:

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, 10:30 a.m., Eastern Standard Time

Where:

Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025

Background:

Lena Horne was a trailblazer in Hollywood for women of color and used her fame as an entertainer to become an important civil rights spokesperson.

The stamp art features a photograph of Lena Horne taken by Christian Steiner in the 1980s. Kristen Monthei colorized the original black-and-white photo, adding a background reminiscent of Horne’s Stormy Weather album, with a few clouds to add texture and subtly make the album reference. “Lena Horne” is written along the bottom of the stamp, with “Black Heritage,” the stamp series title, at the top. “USA” and “Forever” appear on the lower right-hand side above Horne’s name. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.

           Love Flourishes Forever stamp

Love is in the Air

Postal Service Issuing Love Flourishes Forever Stamp

December 28, 2017 

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates love of all kinds with the Love Flourishes Forever stamp. The event is free and open to the public. Please share the news using the hashtag #LoveStamp.

When:

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m., Mountain Standard Time

Where:

CREATIVATION
Phoenix Convention Center
Ballroom North 120B
100 N. 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Background:

The Love Flourishes stamp art features a fanciful garden of colorful flowers surrounding the word “Love” written in cursive script. Hand-painted with opaque watercolors on paper by artist Anna Bond, the original art is whimsical and vibrant, at once retro and timeless. The flower garden includes stylized roses, peonies, and dahlias in pink, coral, and yellow, with pale blue-green berries and gold fronds and leaves. The word “Forever” appears in the lower right-hand corner of the stamp, and “USA” is on the lower left. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp using Bond’s original art.

          The Year of the Dog Forever stamp

Postal Service to Celebrate 2018 Lunar New Year

Issuing Year of the Dog Forever Stamp

December 27, 2017 

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What:

The U.S. Postal Service rings in 2018 with the Year of the Dog Forever stamp. It’s the 11th of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Dog begins Feb. 16, 2018, and ends Feb. 4, 2019. The event is free and open to the public. Please share the news using the hashtag #LunarNewYear.

Who:

Larry Muñoz Jr., vice president Area Operations (A) – Pacific Area,
U.S. Postal Service
Douglas D.L. Chong, president, Hawaii Chinese History Center
Pamela Young, “Mixed Plate,” KHON2 TV

When:

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, 11:00 a.m., Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time

Where:

Chinatown Cultural Plaza
100 N. Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

Background:

The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the year for many Asian communities around the world and is celebrated primarily by people of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan, and Mongolian heritage.

U.S. Postal Service Provides First-Day Date

and Locations for 2018 First Quarter Stamp Issuances

December 19, 2017 

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Name of Stamp Issuance


FDOI Date


City


ST

Celebrating Lunar New Year:  Year of the Dog*

1/11

Honolulu

HI

Love Flourishes*

1/18

Phoenix

AZ

2¢ Meyer Lemons

1/19

Kenner

LA

Sleeping Bear Dunes

1/21

Kansas City

MO

Byodo-In Temple

1/21

Kansas City

MO

Black Heritage: Lena Horne*

1/30

New York

NY

US Flag*

2/9

Fort Lauderdale

FL

Bioluminescent Life*

2/22

Fort Pierce

FL

Illinois Statehood*

3/5

Springfield

IL

Mister Rogers*

3/23

Pittsburgh

PA

*More information to come for these issuances with stamp dedication ceremonies.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

       USPS 2018 stamps

U.S. Postal Service Provides a Sneak Peek at Select 2018 Stamps

December 12, 2017 

WASHINGTON — With a new year just around the corner, the U.S. Postal Service is raising the curtain to provide a sneak peek at a portion of its 2018 stamp program.

Icons such as Lena Horne, John Lennon and Sally Ride and will be immortalized on Forever stamps next year. Stunning photographs of America’s dramatic landscapes will commemorate the song “America the Beautiful.”

Other diverse and educational stamps on deck for 2018 will:

  • Shine light on bioluminescent creatures that glow in the dark;
  • Showcase the art of magic through five classic magic tricks; 
  • Celebrate mythological fire-eating dragons; and,
  • Offer “tasty” frozen treats for those with a sweet tooth.

Detailed information and issuance dates on these stamps and others will be revealed later. All stamp designs are preliminary and are subject to change until issuance dates.

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         USPS Holiday stamps

U.S. Postal Service Meets Your Stamp Needs for the Holidays and Special Occasions

December 04, 2017 

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WASHINGTON — Whether you’re celebrating the holidays or other special occasions, the U.S. Postal Service offers a variety of Forever stamps to help make it memorable.

“Writing greeting cards has been a cherished holiday family tradition since the 1800s,” said U.S. Postal Service Director of Stamp Services Mary-Anne Penner. “No matter what the occasion, we hope Americans will take advantage of our unique selection of Forever stamps as they extend their best wishes to friends, family and loved ones.”

Penner also noted that customers can save a trip to the Post Office by purchasing the stamps online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) 

              Alzheimer’s semipostal fundraising stamp

U.S. Postal Service Previews Alzheimer’s

Semipostal Fundraising Stamp Image

Dedication to take place Nov. 30

November 02, 2017 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service previewed the image of the Alzheimer’s Semipostal fundraising stamp today.

It also announced the stamp will be dedicated at 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 30 at Johns Hopkins Asthma & Allergy Center Atrium, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, 5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle, Baltimore, MD 21224.

Available nationwide Nov. 30, the Alzheimer’s Semipostal stamp will be sold for 60 cents. The price includes the first-class single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase plus an amount to fund Alzheimer’s research. By law, revenue from sales of the Alzheimer’s Semipostal stamp — minus the postage paid and the reimbursement of reasonable costs incurred by the Postal Service — will be distributed to the National Institutes of Health, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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                                    Christmas Carol Forever stamps

U.S. Postal Service and Canada Post Preview The History of Hockey Joint-Issuance Stamps

Share the news: #HockeyStamps

October 05, 2017 

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Postal Service and Canada Post previewed The History of Hockey stamps that will be dedicated Oct. 20 and available nationwide that day.

Postmaster General and CEO Megan Brennan will be joined by Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra for the 11 a.m. ET ceremony at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena Belfor Training Center. The event is free and open to the public. Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS. Please share the news using the hashtag #HockeyStamps.

“The Postal Service is honored to partner with Canada Post to produce The History of Hockey stamps,” said Brennan. “This sport exemplifies a wonderful tradition of competition and camaraderie between our nations, and these commemorative stamps are a special way to celebrate the game that transcends borders.

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U.S. Postal Service to Issue Semipostal Stamps

October 02, 2017 

WASHINGTON — The Semipostal Authorization Act, Pub. L. 106–253, grants the U.S. Postal Service discretionary authority to issue and sell semipostal stamps to advance such causes as it considers to be ‘‘in the national public interest and appropriate.’’ The U.S. Postal Service announced today that in November it will issue the first of five semipostal stamps. 

Under the semipostal discretionary program, the Postal Service will issue five stamps over a 10-year period, with each stamp to be sold for no more than two years. 

The first stamp issued will be an Alzheimer’s Semipostal Stamp, followed by a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Semipostal Stamp in 2019. The next three discretionary semipostal stamps have not yet been determined. 

The Alzheimer’s Semipostal Stamp will be issued during National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Net proceeds will be distributed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Details on issuance date and location will be provided at a later date. 

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                    National Museum of African American History and Culture stamp

U.S. Postal Service Honors the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Forever Stamp On Sale Oct. 13

September 26, 2017 

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What:

First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Celebrating African American History and Culture Forever stamp. This stamp will be on sale at the ceremony and available nationwide on Friday, Oct. 13.

Who:

Ronald A. Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Government Relations Officer, U.S. Postal Service

Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution

When:

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
(Note: RSVP is required to attend the ceremony. Please RSVP online at usps.com/nmaahc.  Check your email for a confirmation from the Postal Service with additional instructions. This event is standing room only. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

Where:

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Heritage Hall
1400 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20560

(Note: Enter the museum through the 14th Street and Madison Drive entrance.)

The U.S. Postal Service will post a video of the event at facebook.com/USPS. Share the news on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #NMAAHC and #APeoplesJourney.
Background:

Black history is inseparable from American history, and the black experience represents a profound and unique strand of the American story. This stamp issuance recognizes the richness of that experience by celebrating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. 

The stamp art is based on a photograph of the museum showing a view of the northwest corner of the building. Text in the upper-left corner of the stamp reads “National Museum of African American History and Culture.”

Opened on Sept. 24, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is the 19th Smithsonian museum and the only national museum devoted exclusively to African American life, art, history and culture. The museum’s collections, which include art, artifacts, photographs, films, documents, data, books, manuscripts and audio recordings, represent all regions of the United States and acknowledge the cultural links of African Americans to the black experience around the world as well. The museum provides opportunities for the public to explore and enjoy African American history while demonstrating the centrality of that history to our nation’s past, present and future.

                Christmas Carols Forever Stamps

Postal Service to Dedicate Christmas Carols Forever Stamps

September 07, 2017 

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What:

First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for Christmas Carols Forever stamps. Please share the news using the hashtag #HolidayStamps.

Who:

U.S. Postal Service Brand Marketing Executive Director Christopher Karpenko
American Philatelic Society American Philatelist Editor Jay Bigalke
U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Director Mary-Anne Penner

When:

Thurs., Oct. 5 @ noon

Where:

American Stamp Dealers Assn. Fall Stamp Show 
 New York Hilton Midtown 
 1335 Avenue of the Americas
 6th Ave. and West 53rd St.
 New York, NY

Background:

The  U.S. Postal Service celebrates the Holiday season with four new Forever stamps featuring images that illustrate a major theme of each of four beloved Christmas carols: “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.” Familiar lines from each song highlight the individual stamps. The shades of blue in the backgrounds of the stamps evoke the evening scenes from the four carols. This booklet of 20 stamps includes five of each design. The late Howard E. Paine was the art director. Artist Steve McCracken of Winchester, VA, created original art for the project.

The stamps may be pre-ordered in early Sept. for delivery shortly after the Oct. 5 issuance at usps.com/shop.

                      USPS to dedicate Snowy Day Forever stamps

Postal Service to Dedicate The Snowy Day Forever Stamps

September 05, 2017 

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WHAT:

First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for The Snowy Day Forever Stamps that are based on a children’s book by Ezra Jack Keats. The event is free and open to the public. Please share the news using the hashtag #SnowyDayStamps.  

WHO:

U.S. Postal Service Government Relations and Public Policy Acting Executive Director Roderick N. Sallay
Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda E. Johnson
Award-winning children’s and young adult author Andrea Davis Pinkney
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Executive Director Deborah Pope

WHEN:

Wed., Oct. 4 @ 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:

Brooklyn Public Library Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
 Brooklyn, NY 11238

BACKGROUND:The U.S. Postal Service showcases Ezra Jack Keats’ most beloved story, The Snowy Day. Written and illustrated by the celebrated children’s author, it was one of the first prominent 20th-century picture books centered on an African-American child. Each of the four new stamps in this 20-stamp booklet features a different illustration of main character Peter exploring and playing in his neighborhood while wearing his iconic red snowsuit. The images include Peter forming a snowball; sliding down a mountain of snow; making a snow angel; and leaving footprints in the snow. Art director Antonio Alcaláof Alexandria, VA, designed the stamps.  The stamps may be pre-ordered in early Sept. for delivery shortly after the Oct. 4 issuance at usps.com/shop.

                    Bloom with Floral Bouquet Forever stamps

Post Offices to Bloom with Floral Bouquet Still Lifes Forever Stamps Tomorrow

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August 15, 2017 

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SIOUX FALLS, SD — The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the beauty of flowers from American gardens by issuing the Flowers from the Garden Forever stamps tomorrow. The four stamps feature bountiful floral bouquet still lifes by Elizabeth Brandon of Franklin, TN. Please share the news on social media using the hashtag #FlowerStamps.

Available nationwide tomorrow, the stamps will be dedicated at 4 p.m. CDT at the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum & East Sioux Falls Historic Site in Sioux Falls, SD. Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the first-day-of-issue ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS. The event is free and open to the public.  

U.S. Postal Service Honoring Father Theodore Hesburgh

Champion of Civil Rights, Other Social Issues and Longtime President of the University of Notre Dame

August 08, 2017 

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                                               Theodore Hesburgh stamps

What:

First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Father Theodore Hesburgh Forever stamp. The event is free and open to the public. The U.S. Postal Service will post a video of the event at facebook.com/USPS. Share the news on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #FatherHesburgh.

When:

Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

Where:

Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center
Notre Dame, IN

Who:

Megan J. Brennan
Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer
United States Postal Service

The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
66th Secretary of State of the United States

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
President
University of Notre Dame

Rev. Austin I. Collins, C.S.C.
Religious Superior of Holy Cross Priests and Brothers
University of Notre Dame

Rev. Thomas J.O’Hara, C.S.C.
Provincial Superior
Congregation of Holy Cross

Richard “Digger” Phelps
Former Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee Member

Background:

The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, (1917–2015), longtime president of the University of Notre Dame, is considered one of the most important academic, religious and civic leaders of the 20th century.

Appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 1957, Hesburgh helped to compile reports on racial discrimination and the denial of voting rights that resulted in the Omnibus Civil Rights Act of 1964. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom the same year, and later founded the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame.

                  Protect Pollinators Forever stamps

Post Offices ‘Abuzz’ Over Protect Pollinators Forever Stamps

Share the news: #ProtectPollinators and #PollinatorStamps

August 02, 2017 

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RICHMOND, VA — The U.S. Postal Service will pay tribute tomorrow to the beauty and importance of pollinators with stamps depicting two of our continent’s most iconic, the monarch butterfly and the western honeybee, each shown industriously pollinating a variety of plants native to North America.

The Protect Pollinators Forever stamps will be dedicated at noon tomorrow at the American Philatelic Society National Summer Convention StampShow in Richmond, VA.  Share the news on social media using the hashtags #ProtectPollinators and #PollinatorStamps.

“Bees, butterflies and other pollinators sustain our ecosystem and are a vital natural resource,” said U.S. Postal Service Judicial Officer Gary Shapiro, who will dedicate the stamps.  “They are being threatened and we must protect them.”

              Sharks Forever stamps panel

Millions of Sharks to Surface

Among the Nation’s Post Offices Tomorrow

You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Envelope, #SharksStamps

July 25, 2017 

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NEWPORT, KY — Don’t worry — these sharks won’t bite. They’re smaller than a clam and flatter than a flounder. The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the wonder of sharks tomorrow by issuing the Sharks Forever stamps featuring five species that inhabit American waters — the mako, thresher, great white, hammerhead and whale shark. Please share the news on social media using the hashtag #SharksStamps.

Available at Post Offices nationwide tomorrow, the First-Day-of-Issue ceremony will place at 8 a.m. ET at the Newport Aquarium in Newport KY. You may purchase the stamps at this link now for delivery shortly after the stamps are issued.

Flowers from the Garden to Decorate Forever Stamps

July 24, 2017 

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                                       Flowers from the Garden Forever stamps

WHAT:

 

First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Flowers from the Garden Forever stamps. The event is free and open to the public. The public is asked to RSVP atusps.com/flowers.

WHO:

 

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard
Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether
Sioux Falls City Council member Michelle Erpenbach
U.S. Postal Service Employee Resource Management Vice President Simon Storey
Stamp artist Elizabeth Brandon
Plant Scientist Sarah Stowers

WHEN:

 

Wed., Aug. 16 @ 4 p.m. CDT

WHERE:

 

Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum & East Sioux Falls Historic Site 
1900 South Perry Place
Sioux Falls, SD 57110

 Please share the news on social media using the hashtag #FlowerStamps.

BACKGROUND:

 

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the beauty of flowers from American gardens by issuing the Flowers from the Garden Forever stamps. The four stamps feature still-life paintings of bountiful floral bouquets. The stamps may be pre-ordered now at this link for delivery shortly after the Aug. 16 issuance.

The Beauty of Pollinators to be Celebrated

July 21, 2017 

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                                   Protect Pollinators Forever stamps

WHAT:

 

First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Protect Pollinators Forever stamps. The event is free and open to the public.

WHO:

 

U.S. Postal Service Judicial Officer Gary Shaprio
U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Director Mary-Anne Penner
American Philatelic Society President Mick Zais
The Pollinator Partnership President & CEO Val Dolcini

WHEN:

 

Thurs., Aug. 3 @ noon

WHERE:

 

American Philatelic Society (APS) National Summer Convention StampShow
Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 N. Third Street
Richmond, VA 23219

The event is free, open to the public, and attendees can register on-site at APS registration.

Please share the news on social media using the hashtags #ProtectPollinators and #PollinatorStamps. The stamps may be pre-ordered at this link for delivery shortly after the Aug. 3 issuance.

BACKGROUND:  

 

The U.S. Postal Service pays tribute to the beauty and importance of pollinators with stamps depicting two of our continent’s most iconic, the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and the western honeybee (Apis mellifera), each shown industriously pollinating a variety of plants native to North America.

                     Disney Villains Forever Stamps

Disney Studio’s Ink & Paint Department to be Celebrated on Forever Stamps Featuring Disney Villains Tomorrow

July 14, 2017 

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ANAHEIM, CA — Tomorrow, the U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the rich legacy of the Walt Disney Studio’s Ink & Paint Department by dedicating a sheet of 20 Forever stamps featuring 10 classic Disney Villains. Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan will be joined by Disney officials in dedicating the stamps.

“The Postal Service is highlighting the Disney Villains and the pioneering spirit of the Ink and Paint Department that brought many of these characters to life,” said Brennan. “These Forever stamps are our way of saying Disney Villains will forever entertain us and serve as a tribute Disney’s artistry and storytelling skill.”   
Each stamp showcases one of 10 classic Disney Villains set against a blue background.

                 Andrew Wyeth Forever stamps

Artist Andrew Wyeth’s 100th Birthday Commemorated Through Forever Stamps

Stamps Highlight 12 Iconic Paintings

July 12, 2017 

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CHADDS FORD, PA — Andrew Wyeth, one of the most prominent artists of the 20th-century — whose realistic style defied artistic trends — was commemorated today on his birth centennial with the issuance of 12 Forever stamps highlighting his paintings.  

The Andrew Wyeth Forever stamps were dedicated in his home town of Chadds Ford, PA, at the Brandywine River Museum of ArtThe public is asked to share the news on social media using the hashtags #WyethStamps and #MyBrandywine.

U.S. Postal Service joins the Thoreau Farm in celebrating

Henry David Thoreau’s 200th Birthday

July 07, 2017 

                             of Henry David Thoreau Forever stamp

What:

The United States Postal Service in Concord MA, in conjunction with the Thoreau Farm and Birthplace, will join the celebration of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th Birthday with a special dedication of the recently released Thoreau Forever Stamp

Who:

Concord Postmaster Ray White and officials from the Thoreau Farm

Where:

Thoreau Farm and Birthplace
341 Virginia Road
Concord, MA 01742

When:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Background:

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates writer, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) on the bicentennial year of his birth. The stamp art is an oil-on-panel painting of Thoreau’s face based on a famous 1856 daguerreotype by Benjamin Maxham. On the right side of the stamp is Thoreau’s signature of his last name. Below the signature is a branch of sumac leaves.

With Thoreau’s personal example of simple living, his criticism of materialism, and the timeless questions he raises about the place of the individual in society and humanity's role in the natural world, he continues to inspire new generations to assert their independence, reinterpret his legacy, and ask challenging questions of their own. Sam Weber of Brooklyn, NY, was the stamp artist. Art director Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, designed the stamp.

                                     

Andrew Wyeth’s Paintings to Debut on Forever Stamps to Commemorate his birth Centennial

June 26, 2017 

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WHAT:

First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Andrew Wyeth Forever stamps that commemorate the centennial of his birth. The event is free and open to the public.

WHO:

Andrew Wyeth’s son Jamie Wyeth
U.S. Postal Service Senior Director and Chief of Staff to the Postmaster General Patrick Mendonca
The Frolic Weymouth Executive Director and CEO, The Brandywine Conservancy &
Museum of Art Virginia A. Logan

WHEN:

Wed., July 12 @ 11 a.m.

WHERE:

The Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffmans Mill Rd.
Chadds Ford, PA 19317

The public may RSVP online at usps.com/awyeth. Please share the news on social media using the hashtags #WyethStamps and #MyBrandywine.

BACKGROUND:

This pane of 12 Forever stamps celebrates the centennial of the birth of Andrew Wyeth (July 12, 1917 – Jan. 16, 2009), one of the most prominent American artists of the 20th century. Working in a realistic style that defied artistic trends, Wyeth created haunting and enigmatic paintings based largely on people and places in his life, a body of work that continues to resist easy or comfortable interpretation.

This issuance includes stamps that each features a detail from a different Andrew Wyeth painting. The paintings are: “Wind from the Sea” (1947), “Big Room” (1988), “Christina’s World” (1948), “Alvaro and Christina” (1968), “Frostbitten” (1962), “Sailor’s Valentine” (1985), “Soaring” (1942–1950), “North Light” (1984), “Spring Fed” (1967), “The Carry” (2003), “Young Bull” (1960), and “My Studio” (1974). The selvage, or area outside of the stamp images, shows a photograph of Wyeth from the 1930s. Art director Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, designed the pane.

                    

Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department to be Celebrated on Forever Stamps Featuring Disney Villains

June 21, 2017 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the rich legacy of the Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department by dedicating a sheet of 20 Forever stamps featuring 10 classic Disney villains.

The Disney Villains Forever stamps will be dedicated at 1:30 p.m. PDT July 15, during D23 Expo 2017, Disney’s ultimate fan event at the Anaheim Convention Center, Center Stage. The public is encouraged to share the news on social media using the hashtags #DisneyVillainStamps and #DisneyStamps. Beginning June 22, the stamps may be pre-ordered at usps.com/shop for delivery shortly after the July 15 issuance.

Admission is limited to the ceremony that is standing room only. You may RSVP at usps.com/disney; however, this does not guarantee admission. Additional instructions will be provided. D23 Expo 2017 ticket holders do not need to RSVP. 

Each stamp showcases one of 10 classic Disney villains against a blue background.

              

Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever Stamp to be Issued Tomorrow

First-of-its-Kind Stamp Reveals Second Image: #EclipseStamps

June 19, 2017 

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WASHINGTON — Tomorrow, Jim Cochrane, Chief Customer and Marketing Officer of the United States Postal Service dedicates the first-of-its-kind Forever stamp which transforms the solar eclipse image into the Moon from the heat of a finger. The Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever stamp commemorates the upcoming Aug. 21 eclipse.

Cochrane will be joined by NASA and University of Wyoming officials, and astrophysicist Fred Espenak aka Mr. Eclipse at the June 20, 1:30 p.m. MT/3:30 p.m. ET First-Day-of-Issue ceremony, which will take place at the Art Museum of the University of Wyoming (UW) in Laramie. The University is celebrating the summer solstice on June 20. Prior to the event, visitors are encouraged to arrive at 11:30 a.m. to witness a unique architectural feature where a single beam of sunlight shines on a silver dollar embedded in the floor, which occurs at noon on the summer solstice in the UW Art Museum’s Rotunda Gallery.

The pane of 16 Forever stamps are available tomorrow at Post Office facilities nationwide and may be pre-ordered now at this link for delivery after June 20. 

            Sharks Forever stamps

U.S. Postal Service to Issue Sharks Forever Stamps

June 15, 2017 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the wonder of sharks by issuing the Sharks Forever stamps featuring five species that inhabit American waters — the mako, thresher, great white, hammerhead and whale sharks. Please share the news on social media using the hashtag #SharksStamps.

The 8 a.m. July 26 First-Day-of-Issue ceremony will take place at the Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are limited to a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to usps.com/sharks for free tickets.

Customers may preorder the stamps in early July at usps.com/shop for delivery shortly after the July 26 nationwide issuance.

                    Henry David Thoreau forever stamp

Henry David Thoreau Commemorated on a Forever Stamp Today

May 23, 2017 

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CONCORD, MA — The U.S. Postal Service celebrated writer, philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau during the bicentennial year of his birth with a Forever stamp today. The public is asked to share the news on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ThoreauStamps.

The first-day-issue stamp dedication ceremony took place at the Walden Pond State Reservation Visitors Center. Thoreau, born July 12, 1817, lived at Walden Pond from 1845-1847. His experience there served as the inspiration for his book Walden.

The stamp art is an oil-on-panel painting of Thoreau’s face based on a famous 1856 daguerreotype by Benjamin Maxham. On the right side of the stamp is Thoreau’s signature of his last name. Below the signature is a branch of sumac leaves. Sam Weber Brooklyn, NY, was the stamp artist. Art director Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, designed the stamp.

“Thoreau was one of the great thinkers in this country’s history on a wide variety of subjects, and the expression on his face in the stamp image captures his introspective and inquisitive nature,” said U.S. Postal Service General Counsel and Executive Vice President Thomas J. Marshall. “Thoreau encouraged everyone to lead more thoughtful and considered lives. Given the pace of today’s world, the many demands on our time, and sometimes conflicting priorities, I am sure we could all benefit from his advice.”

                 Have a Ball Forever stamps

Unique, First-of-a-Kind Stamps Mimic Sports Ball Textures

‘Have a Ball!’ Forever Stamps Celebrate Popular Sports

May 16, 2017 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will soon release first-of-a-kind stamps with the look — and feel — of actual balls used in eight popular sports. Available nationwide June 14, the Have a Ball! Forever stamps depict balls used in baseball, basketball, football, golf, kickball, soccer, tennis and volleyball.  

A special coating applied to selected areas of the stamps during the printing process gives them a texture that mimics the feel of a:

  • baseball’s stitching;
  • golf ball’s dimples;
  • tennis ball’s seams;
  • soccer ball or volleyball’s textured panels; and,
  • the different raised patterns of a football, basketball and kickball.

News about the stamps is being shared on social media under the hashtag #Haveaballstamps.

The first-day-of-issuance ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. CDT, Wed., June 14, at the 117th U.S. Open Championship in Hartford, WI. The ceremony will be part of the U.S. Golf Association’sFlag Day celebration. The Postal Service is honored to be part of this special tribute to those who serve or have served in the military. Nearly one of seven postal employees served in the military.

       Celebration Corsage and Celebration Boutonniere Forever stamps

Postal Service Issuing Celebration Corsage

and Celebration Boutonniere Forever Stamps

Ideal for Birthday, Prom, Anniversary and other Invitations

May 02, 2017 

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ST. LOUIS — Searching for the ideal stamp to complement that special occasion?  The U.S. Postal Service today issued two Celebration stamps fit for party invitations, thank-you notes, announcements and any other correspondence. The stamps were dedicated during a first-day-of-issue ceremony at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

The Celebration Corsage and Celebration Boutonniere Forever stamps are beautiful and perfect for greeting cards, Father’s Day cards and other occasions.

“The Celebration Corsage and Celebration Boutonniere Forever stamps reflect the Postal Service’s long and proud tradition of showcasing flowers and floral artwork on stamps. Literally hundreds of floral-themed stamps have been released over the years — depicting an astonishing variety of flowers,” said Guy Cottrell, chief postal inspector, U.S. Postal Service, who dedicated the stamps. “We are pleased to dedicate these beautiful stamps to commemorate any special occasion from birthdays to anniversary and prom celebrations.

        Solar eclipse Forever stamps

Total Eclipse of the Sun to be commemorated on a Forever Stamp

One Stamp: Two Images

April 27, 2017 

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WASHINGTON — The Postal Service will soon release a first-of-its-kind stamp that changes when you touch it. The Total Solar Eclipse Forever stamp, which commemorates the August 21 eclipse, transforms into an image of the Moon from the heat of a finger. The public is asked to share the news on social media using the hashtag #EclipseStamps.

Tens of millions of people in the United States hope to view this rare event, which has not been seen on the U.S. mainland since 1979. The eclipse will travel a narrow path across the entire country for the first time since 1918. The path will run west to east from Oregon to South Carolina and will include portions of 14 states. 

The June 20, 1:30 p.m. MT First-Day-of-Issue ceremony will take place at the Art Museum of the University of Wyoming (UW) in Laramie. The University is celebrating the summer solstice on June 20. Prior to the event, visitors are encouraged to arrive at 11:30 a.m. to witness a unique architectural feature where a single beam of sunlight shines on a silver dollar embedded in the floor, which occurs at noon on the summer solstice in the UW Art Museum’s Rotunda Gallery.

                 Delicioso Forever stamps

Postal Service Celebrating Latin American Cuisine Today with Dedication of Delicioso Forever Stamps

Dedication Ceremony Held at National Hispanic Cultural Center

April 20, 2017 

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The U.S. Postal Service today celebrates the influence of Central and South America, Mexican and Caribbean foods and flavors on American cuisine with the issuance of new Delicioso Forever stamps during a first-day-of-issue ceremony in conjunction with Salud y Sabor and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

The Delicioso stamps feature bright and playful illustrations of tamales, flan, sancocho, empanadas, chile relleno, and ceviche. This booklet of 20 stamps includes four of the tamales and flan designs and three of each of the other designs. The names of the six dishes appear in a festive font above each mouthwatering image.

“Ours is truly a world culture, and our stamps allow us to weave together the many threads of our national tapestry. With the issuance of the beautiful Delicioso Forever stamps, it is the Postal Service’s way of saying these Delicioso dishes epitomize the best of America, and will do so forever,” said Robert Cintron, vice president, Network Operations, U.S. Postal Service, who dedicated the stamps.

             Celebration Corsage, Boutonniere stamps

New Celebration Corsage and Boutonniere Forever Stamps

Perfect for Birthday, Prom, Anniversary and other Celebration Invitations

April 06, 2017 

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What:

First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Celebration Corsage and Boutonniere Forever stamps. The event is free and open to the public.

When:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 11 a.m.

Where:

Missouri Botanical Garden
Shoenberg Theatre 
4344 Shaw Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63110

The public may RSVP online at usps.com/celebrations. Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page will post a video of the event at facebook.com/USPS. Share the news on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CelebrationStamps.

Background:

The Postal Service is issuing two Forever stamps that are perfect for mailing
anniversary, birthday, prom and other life celebrating invitations enclosed with 
RSVP cards.

The new Celebration Corsage two-ounce Forever stamp can accommodate the weight of heavy invitations for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and other celebrations, oversized greeting cards for all occasions, and mailings such as small gifts that require extra postage. The stamp image is a photograph of an arrangement of ranunculus with accents of hypericum berry, Astrantia and seed eucalyptus.  

              Mississippi Statehood commemorative Forever stamp

Happy Birthday Mississippi!

Postal Service Issues New Forever Stamp Celebrating Mississippi Statehood’s 200th Anniversary

March 31, 2017 

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GULFPORT, MS — The U.S. Postal Service today debuted a Forever stamp at a first-day-of-issue ceremony during the South Mississippi bicentennial celebration at Centennial Plaza commemorating the 200th anniversary of Mississippi statehood.

The Mississippi Statehood commemorative Forever stamp is the latest addition to the Postal Service’s Statehood series. The stamp features a photograph taken by Lou Bopp in 2009. It shows a close-up of a musician’s hands as he plays his guitar. Mississippi is the birthplace of many legendary blues artists who helped create a uniquely American genre of music, including B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley. Also, Mississippi is home to renowned writers William Faulkner, Richard Wright and Tennessee Williams.

“We are thrilled to dedicate the Mississippi Statehood Forever stamp to honor a state that has been very instrumental to American ingenuity and the American spirit,” said James P. Cochrane, chief customer and marketing officer and executive vice president, U.S. Postal Service. “This stamp represents the music, the mystery, the heart and soul of Mississippi. It is my hope that the 200th anniversary of Mississippi statehood, combined with this wonderful stamp, can begin a dialogue about what Mississippi has meant to the country and to the world.”

                  Henry David Thoreau Forever stamp
W
riter, Philosopher and Naturalist Henry David Thoreau to be Commemorated on a Forever Stamp


March 27, 2017 

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WHAT:

First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Henry David Thoreau Commemorative Forever stamp. The event is free and open to the public.

WHO:

Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy
U.S. Postal Service General Counsel and Executive Vice President Thomas J. Marshall
Select Board Town of Concord Chair Michael Lawson
Walden Woods Project Board Member/Environmentalist/Actor Ed Begley Jr.

WHEN:

Tue., May 23 @ 11 a.m.

WHERE:

Walden Pond State Reservation Visitors Center
915 Walden St.
Concord, MA 01742

The public may RSVP online at usps.com/thoreauFollowers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view live streaming video of the event at facebook.com/USPS. The media is asked to share the news on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ThoreauStamps.

     Green Succulent Global stamp    The Strawberries 3-cent stamp

U.S. Postal Service to Issue New Global Forever and 3-cent Stamps this Spring

March 24, 2017 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will issue two new stamps this spring — a $1.15 Global Forever international rate stamp and a 3-cent stamp.

The Green Succulent Global Forever international rate stamp will be available in panes of 10 stamps to be issued April 28. It can be used to mail a 1-ounce letter to any country where First-Class Mail International service is available. The stamp features a photograph of an echeveria, a succulent native to the Americas. William J. Gicker was the art director and Greg Breeding designed the stamp with an existing photograph by Erika Kirkpatrick. The first-day-of-issue will be in San Francisco.

The Strawberries 3-cent stamp will be available in coils of 10,000 -when issued May 5. It features an illustration of three ripe, red strawberries surrounded by leaves and hulls adjacent to three smaller, green strawberries in various stages of growth. A small white flower from the strawberry plant completes the picture. Art director Derry Noyes designed this stamp using an existing illustration by John Burgoyne. The first-day-of-issue will be in Acton, MA.

Many of this year’s other stamps may be viewed on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps or via Twitter @USPSstamps.

                 Robert Panara

Robert Panara: Teacher and Pioneer of Deaf Studies to be Immortalized on a Stamp

March 15, 2017 

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WHAT:

First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Robert Panara two-ounce Forever stamp. The event is free and open to the public.

WHO:

U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer David Williams
President of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and Rochester Institute of     Technology Vice President and Dean Dr. Gerard Buckley
NTID Instructional/Support Faculty member John Panara (son)
Stamp Photographer Mark Benjamin
Author and Professor Emeritus NTID Dr. Harry Lang

WHEN:

Tue., Apr. 11 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:

Robert F. Panara Theatre
Rochester Institute of Technology
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

The public may RVSP online at usps.com/rpanara. Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view live streaming video of the event at facebook.com/USPS. The media is asked to share the news on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #PanaraForever and #DeafEducation.

       WPA posters stamps

Celebrating the Posters of the Work Projects Administration

Postal Service Issues New Forever Stamps at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

March 07, 2017 

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HYDE PARK, NY — The U.S. Postal Service today dedicated the visually striking posters of the Work Projects Administration (WPA) as a booklet of 10 designs and 20 Forever stamps during a first-day-of-issue ceremony at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY.

The posters were created by Depression-era artists employed by the Poster Division of the WPA Federal Art Project. The booklet features 20 stamps of 10 different designs originally created to support the civic-minded ideals of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs.

“It is undeniable that Franklin Delano Roosevelt understood the importance of visual design and how it could communicate powerful messages of optimism, hope and perseverance. It is also fitting that these WPA posters are being memorialized on postage stamps, because President Roosevelt had a lifelong fascination with stamps as artwork,” said Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Megan J. Brennan, who dedicated the stamps.

            Nebraska Statehood Forever Stamp Issued Today

Nebraska Statehood Forever Stamp Issued Today

Stamp Image Photographed by Nebraskan Native

March 01, 2017 

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LINCOLN, NE — The U.S. Postal Service celebrated the 150th anniversary of Nebraska statehood today by issuing a Forever stamp depicting a photograph taken on the banks of the Platte River as sandhill cranes flew low overhead at sunset. Nicknamed the Cornhusker State, the 37th state admitted to the union also ranks 37th in population with almost 1.9 million residents.

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view streaming video of the event at facebook.com/USPS. The public is asked to share the news on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #NebraskaStamps and #NebraskaStatehood.

      Stamp commemorating JFK’s birth centennial

Forever Stamp Commemorating JFK’s

Birth Centennial Dedicated Today

February 20, 2017 

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BOSTON — Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan today dedicated a Forever stamp commemorating the centennial of the birth of our nation’s 35th President, John F. Kennedy. The Presidents Day first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston to kick off the 6th Annual Presidents Day Family Festival. Kennedy was born May 29, 1917.

The stamp features a 1960 photograph by Ted Spiegel of Kennedy campaigning for president in Seattle. The artwork accompanying the stamp, showing Kennedy in a reflective pose, is a 1970 oil painting by Aaron Shikler (courtesy of the White House / White House Historical Association). As today is a national holiday, the Forever stamp is only available at the event. It will be available nationwide in Post Offices February 21. Customers may order the stamps now at usps.com/shop.

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view streaming video of the event at facebook.com/USPSThe public is asked to share the news on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #JFKStamps

               Oscar de la Renta Forever stamps

Postal Service Honors Fashion Icon

Oscar de la Renta Forever Stamps Go On Sale Nationwide

February 16, 2017 

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NEW YORK — The U.S. Postal Service today issued Forever stamps honoring Oscar de la Renta, one of the world’s leading fashion designers, during a ceremony at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The stamps are being sold as a pane of 11 stamps.

For 50 years, de la Renta created glamorous, sophisticated clothes that showcased the distinctively feminine attributes of the women who wore them. His innovative designs and close attention to detail elevated American style and brought international attention to New York as world leader in fashion.

“The Postal Service is proud to honor Oscar de la Renta for his genius and pioneering leadership in the fashion industry,” said Janice Walker, vice president, Corporate Communications, U.S. Postal Service, who dedicated the stamp.

“These beautiful stamps illustrate his highly polished style and tremendous skill, which helped bridge the gap between American and French designers of trend-setting fashions for women.”

               Dorothy Height Black Heritage stamp

Postal Service Honors Civil and Women’s Rights Legend

Dorothy Height Forever Stamp is Newest Addition to Black Heritage Stamp Series

February 01, 2017 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today kicked off this year’s Black History Month observances by dedicating the Dorothy Height Forever stamp during a ceremony at Howard University.

The 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Height, a tireless activist, who dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality. She became one of the most influential civil and women’s rights leaders of the 20th century.

“The Postal Service is proud to honor civil rights icon Dorothy Height, an American treasure, whose illustrious career spanned almost a century,” said Ronald Stroman, deputy postmaster general and chief government relations officer, who dedicated the stamp.

“The Dorothy Height Forever stamp will serve as a lasting tribute to her life and legacy of seeking equality and justice for all Americans, regardless of ethnicity, gender or race.”

                  U.S. Flag stamp

U.S. Flag Stamp Flies High

Jan. 27 Ceremony at Southeastern Stamp Expo

January 27, 2017 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service dedicated a new U.S. Flag stamp today at the Southeastern Stamp Expo in Norcross, GA, continuing the organization’s tradition of celebrating patriotism through stamps that feature one of our nation’s most recognizable symbols. The stamp features a detail from a photograph of the billowing Stars and Stripes.

A traditional take on an old favorite, the new U.S. Flag stamp adds a touch of majesty and patriotic grace to First-Class Mail correspondence,” said Jeffrey C. Williamson, the Postal Service’s chief human resources officer and executive vice president, who dedicated the stamp. “The elegant yet simple design of the stamp conveys the quiet dignity of Old Glory waving in the wind and calls to mind the values of liberty and justice the American flag represents.”

       JFK Forever stamp

JFK Forever Stamp to be Dedicated on Presidents Day

February 20 Ceremony at Presidential Library

January 09, 2017 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the centennial of President John F. Kennedy’s birth by dedicating a Forever stamp in his honor at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

The 10 a.m. February 20 Presidents Day ceremony, free and open to the public, will kick off the 6th Annual Presidents Day Family Festival. There is a fee to enter the library and museum to attend the festival. Children 17 years old and under are free.

The stamp features a 1960 photograph by Ted Spiegel of Kennedy campaigning for president in Seattle. The artwork accompanying the stamp, showing Kennedy in a reflective pose, is a 1970 oil painting by Aaron Shikler (courtesy of the White House / White House Historical Association). The Forever stamp, available only at the event on Presidents Day, will be available nationwide in Post Offices February 21. In late January, customers may pre-order the stamps for delivery after February 21 at usps.com/shop. The public is asked to share the news using the hashtag #JFKStamps.

            New Love Skywriting forever stamp

Love Takes to the Air Tomorrow on New Love Skywriting Forever Stamp

Skywriting Pilot Linked to Lindbergh Replicating Stamp Image

January 06, 2017 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service’s new Love Skywriting Forever stamp image will be replicated – weather permitting – by a skywriting pilot linked to iconic aviator Charles Lindbergh at noon tomorrow following the 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET First-Day-of-Issue ceremony that takes place at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, CA.  A test flight is also scheduled to fill the skies over Chino with the giant word “Love” today.

The event tomorrow will stream live on the Postal Service’s Facebook page. Customers are asked to spread the news using the hashtag #LoveStamp.

“The Postal Service issued its first Love stamp in 1973, and over the years, these stamps have dressed up billions of birthday greetings, wedding invitations, birth announcements, and, of course, Valentine’s Day cards and letters,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President David Williams. “From the moment they’re spotted on an envelope, these miniature works of art foretell good news. And with this particular stamp, we can really say, once and for all, that ‘love is in the air’ — and in the mail.”

         Lunar New Year, Year of the Rooster stamp

Lunar New Year Stamp Rings in 2017

Year of the Rooster Newest Addition to Stamp Series

January 05, 2017 

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SEATTLE — The U.S. Postal Service today dedicated the Year of the Rooster Forever stamp, the 10th of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series during a First-Day-of-Issue ceremony at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

Considered the most important holiday of the year for many Asian communities around the world, the Lunar New Year is celebrated primarily by people of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan and Mongolian heritage.

In the United States and elsewhere, the occasion is marked in various ways, including parades featuring enormous and vibrantly painted papier-mâché dragons, parties and other special events. Vendors at outdoor markets sell flowers, toys, food and other items. Musicians play drums to celebrate a time of renewed hope for the future. Many families present red envelopes (hongbao), like the one depicted in the stamp art, containing money to children and loved ones.

             Oscar de la Renta

Additional 2017 Stamps Announced

Renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch Featured

December 28, 2016 

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service today announced more stamps to be issued in 2017.

“The new year is shaping up to be exceptional as the Postal Service continues to produce stamps that celebrate the people, events and cultural milestones that are unique to the history of our great nation,” said Mary-Anne Penner, U.S. Postal Service Director, Stamp Services. “We are very excited to showcase these miniature works of art to help continue telling America’s story as we add to the lineup of 2017 stamps announced earlier.”

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U.S. Postal Service Meets Your Stamp Needs

for the Holidays and Special Occasions

December 05, 2016 

WASHINGTON — Whether you’re celebrating the holidays or another special occasion, the U.S. Postal  Service has new Forever stamps for you along with favorites from recent years.

“Since 1893, we have issued stamps celebrating the cultures of people who have come together from around the world,” said Postal Service Director of Stamp Services Mary-Anne Penner. “We hope America will take advantage of our diverse selection of stamps as they extend their best wishes to friends, family and loved ones.”

Penner also noted that customers can save a trip to the Post Office by purchasing the stamps online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) 

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Postal Service Showcases more 2017 Stamps

Honoring Civil Rights Icon, Prolific Writer and Pioneer in Deaf Studies

November 22, 2016 

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service today announced more subjects that will be featured on Forever stamps in the new year.

“2017 will be an exciting year for the Postal Service’s stamp program,” said Mary-Anne Penner, U.S. Postal Service Director, Stamp Services. “This amazing collection of stamps features beautiful art, distinguished Americans and historic events.”

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               Nativity Forever stamp

Nativity Forever Stamp Dedicated Today

November 03, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service is ready for Christmas with a new Nativity Forever stamp issued today. The stamp was dedicated at Saint John’s Church in Washington, DC, and is available nationwide today.

The public is asked to share the news using the hashtag #NativityStamps.

“Today we honor one of the most symbolic images in the world. An image that for Christians from all walks of life celebrates the story of the Nativity – the birth of Jesus Christ.  This beautiful stamp includes a brilliant star that stands out in both its illustration and in its meaning of Christmas,” said U.S. Postal Service Corporate Communications Vice President Janice Walker. “There are no greater traditions than those of the holidays, and the Postal Service is happy to help you celebrate and honor your traditions.”

            Hanukkah Forever stamp

U.S. Postal Service Dedicated Hanukkah Forever Stamp Today

November 01, 2016 

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BOCA RATON, FL — The U.S. Postal Service’s new Hanukkah Forever stamp — available nationwide today — features a warm, elegant illustration of a holiday menorah in the window of a home. The eight nights and days of Hanukkah begin on the 25th of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar, a date that falls in late November or December. In 2016, Hanukkah begins at sundown Dec. 24.

The first-day-of-issue stamp dedication ceremony took place at the Temple Beth El of Boca Raton. The public is asked to share the news of the stamp using the hashtag #HanukkahStamps.

“The Hanukkahstamp we’re dedicating today honors a religious observance that is more than 2,000 years old — and how appropriate that the word itself — Hanukkah — means ‘dedication’ in Hebrew,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President David Williams. “This beautiful stamp depicts a warm, elegant illustration of a holiday menorah in the window of a home. The white window trim is visible through the branches of the menorah, which echo a tangle of snow-covered tree branches beyond the glass. Artist William Low added visual interest to the scene by highlighting the contrast between the hot candle flames and the cool snow, the vertical candles and the horizontal window frame, and the dark menorah with the brightly lit candles. Starting today, this beautiful image of remembrance, light and love will travel on letters and packages to millions of households and businesses throughout America and around the world.”

                 Florentine Madonna and Child stamp

Florentine Madonna and Child Christmas Stamp Dedicated Today

October 18, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service dedicated a Christmas stamp today featuring the Florentine Madonna and Child, from a 15th-century tempera-on-panel painting in the Widener Collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The ceremony took place at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

The painting is dated to circa 1470, and its anonymous artist is known only as “a Follower of Fra Filippo Lippi and Pesellino.” The public is invited to share the news using the hashtag #ChristmasStamps.

“With the holidays right around the corner, this stamp, based on a beautiful portrait as part of the National Gallery of Art’s collection, is perfect for extending Christmas greetings to family, friends and loved ones,” said U.S. Postal Service Capital Metro Area Vice President of Operations Linda Malone.

Joining Malone in the dedication ceremony were National Gallery of Art Associate Curator for Italian and Spanish Paintings Gretchen Hirschauer; Editor-in-Chief of Italian America Miles Fisher; U.S. Postal Service Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President Jeffrey Williamson; and Smithsonian National Postal Museum Director Allen Kane. Voice of America “International Edition” Host Lori Lundin served as master of ceremonies.

                 Breast Cancer Research Stamp

Help Stamp Out Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Research Fundraising Stamps Available at Post Offices

October 14, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Postal Service is reminding customers that they can help fund Breast Cancer research by purchasing the Breast Cancer Research Stamp, a semi-postal stamp issued to help raise funds for breast cancer research.

Available year-round, the 60-cent self-adhesive stamps are sold in sheets of 20. Each stamp has a postage value equivalent to the First-Class Mail 1-ounce stamped letter price in effect at the time of purchase. The stamps are available at Post Offices nationwide, online at usps.com and by phone at 1.800.STAMP.24.

The amount the Postal Service contributes to Breast Cancer research is determined by the difference between the First-Class rate in effect at the time of purchase and the 60-cent purchase price, minus a nominal amount to offset costs incurred by the Postal Service. The distribution of the Postal Service contribution is specified by law, with 70 percent given to the National Institutes of Health and the remainder to the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense. As of Sept. 2016, the sale of more than 1 billion stamps since its 1998 inception has raised more than $83 million for breast cancer research.

                    Wonder Woman aniversary forever stamp

Wonder Woman’s 75th Anniversary Celebrated on Forever Stamps

October 07, 2016 

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NEW YORK CITY — The U.S. Postal Service, in conjunction with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, dedicated four Forever stamps today that commemorate the 75th anniversary of one of the most iconic Super Heroes of all time — Wonder WomanThe first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place in the DC Entertainment booth at New York Comic Con.

Fans are encouraged to share the news on social media using the hashtags #WonderWomanForever and #WonderWoman75.

“Wonder Woman was one of the first female Super Heroes that inspired countless young girls over the past three quarters of a century,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President Kristin Seaver. “We salute this heroic role model and her legacy that is sure to continue to span another 75 years.” 

                    Holiday Windows forever stamp

Holiday Windows Shine on New Forever Stamps

October 06, 2016 

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NEW YORK CITY — A new booklet of Forever stamps entitled Holiday Windows was dedicated today, making it clear that the holidays are right around the corner. These festive holiday contemporary stamps represent one of the major issues for the 2016 holiday mailing season.

The dedication ceremony took place at the American Stamp Dealers’ Association Fall Postage Stamp Show at the New York Hilton in New York City. The stamp show will conclude Sunday.

“These new stamps will help people celebrate the holidays with style – whether applied to letters, cards or packages, they will welcome recipients with greetings and good cheer,” Postal Service Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett noted. “It’s our hope that these inviting stamps will help customers connect with the festive spirit of the season.”

                   Diwali forever stamp

U.S. Postal Service Commemorated Festival of Diwali with a Forever Stamp Today

Hindu Holiday Celebrated in Late October

October 05, 2016 

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NEW YORK CITY — The U.S. Postal Service commemorated the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali by dedicating the Diwali Forever stamp today. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place at the Consulate General of India in New York City.

The public is asked to share the news using the hashtag #DiwaliStamp.

“The Postal Service is honored to issue this Forever stamp that celebrates the Festival of Diwali,” said U.S. Postal Service Vice President of Mail Entry and Payment Technology Pritha Mehra. “We hope these stamps will light up millions of cards and letters as they make their journey through the mailstream.”

                     Kwaana Festival stamp

Kwanzaa Forever Stamp Dedicated Today

October 01, 2016 

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CHARLESTON, SC — With this vibrant new stamp design, the U.S. Postal Service continues its tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa by dedicating a new Kwanzaa Forever stamp today. The First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony took place in Marion Square in Charleston at the MOJA Art Festival celebrating African-American and Caribbean arts.

Kwanzaa, an annual non-religious holiday taking place over seven days from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, brings family, community and culture together for many African-Americans. This year, Dec. 26 marks the 50th anniversary of the widely celebrated holiday.

The public is asked to share the news using the hashtag #KwanzaaStamps.

                      Halloween Forever stamp

The Iconic Symbols of Halloween Debuted on Forever Stamps Today

Halloween Capital of the World Hosts the Dedication Ceremony

September 29, 2016 

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ANOKA, MN — Let all ghosts and goblins beware. The U.S. Postal Service today kicked off the 2016 Halloween celebration by issuing the Jack-o’-lanterns Forever Stamps at Anoka City Hall Plaza. Anoka is known as the “Halloween Capital of the World.”

The sheet of 20 stamps features four different photographs of jack-o’-lanterns. The jack-o’-lanterns were carved by Paul Montanari and photographed by Sally Andersen-Bruce. The stamps were designed by art director Derry Noyes.

“The Postal Service is proud to issue its first Halloween-themed stamps,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett, who dedicated the stamps.

“It is my hope that these stamps will rekindle special memories for everyone mailing or receiving postcards, letters and packages with these stamps affixed,” Corbett said.

                     Eastern Tailed-Blue butterfly stamp

Butterfly Stamp to Alight

On Post Office Locations Across Nation

September 23, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will issue the Eastern Tailed-Blue butterfly stamp nationwide tomorrow, Sept. 24. It will be for use on irregularly sized envelopes, such as square greeting cards, invitations and announcements, and priced at 68 cents.

These stamps will be issued in panes of 20. The words “NON-MACHINEABLE SURCHARGE” on the stamp indicate its usage value. As a Forever stamp, this stamp will always be valid for the rate printed on it.

Nationally acclaimed artist Tom Engeman created the stamp design on a computer using images of preserved butterflies as a starting point. The result is a highly stylized, simplified image of an Eastern Tailed-Blue rather than an exact replica.

      

Postal Service Previews Select 2017 Stamps

Lineup includes National Museum of African American History and Culture and 100th Birthday of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy

September 20, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — What do Love, skywriting, Year of the Rooster, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture all have in common? They are among the subjects of the U.S. Postal Service’s 2017 Stamp program announced today.

For more than 130 years, the Postal Service stamp program has celebrated the people, events and cultural milestones that are unique to United States history. The 2017 stamp subjects are in keeping with this rich tradition.

“The Postal Service is thrilled to provide this sneak preview of a few subjects of our 2017 program as we continue offering exciting new topics on stamps that will have wide appeal to stamp enthusiasts in America and abroad,” said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Executive Director Mary-Anne Penner. “Stamps are miniature works of art that tell America’s story; this is only the beginning as we will announce more subjects going forward.”

                       Iconic TV series Star Trek stamps released

‘Star Trek™’ Forever Stamps Boldly Launched

from more than 31,000 Post Offices Today

Dedication Ceremony Launches Star Trek: Mission New York

September 02, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — Nearly 50 years to the day of the original airing of “Star Trek,” the U.S. Postal Service dedicated the Star Trek Forever stamps today at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The first-day-of-issue ceremony launched Star Trek:  Mission New York, a three-day celebration that is expected to draw thousands of Star Trek fans.

These stamps will “live long and prosper,” because as Forever stamps they are good for mailing a 1-ounce First-Class letter anytime in the future — regardless of star date. “Star Trek” fans are asked to share the news on social media using the hashtag #StarTrekForever.

“The Postal Service is proud to commemorate ‘Star Trek’ on the eve of its 50th anniversary,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan referring to the iconic television program’s Sept. 8, 1966, debut. “Star Trek’s intricate futuristic setting, multicultural cast and story lines touched on social issues and pushed past the boundaries of popular science fiction becoming a worldwide phenomenon.”

                      USPS reveals Eastern Tailed-Blue butterfly stamp

Butterfly Stamp to Alight

On Post Office Locations Across Nation

August 30, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today announced that it will issue the Eastern Tailed-Blue butterfly stamp as a 68 cent nonmachineable stamp. It will be for use on irregularly sized envelopes, such as square greeting cards, invitations and announcements.  Details on the date of the stamp issue will be forthcoming.

Nationally acclaimed artist Tom Engeman created the stamp design on a computer using images of preserved butterflies as a starting point. The result is a highly stylized, simplified image of an Eastern Tailed-Blue rather than an exact replica.

The Eastern Tailed-Blue butterfly (Cupido comyntas) is named for the iridescent blue color of its upper wing surface, more vivid in the male, and for the short, thread-like tail on each hind wing. Females are often slate grey, sometimes with vivid blue coloration close to the body. This 2016 stamp depicts a first-generation male, which displays the species’ brightest coloration.  Each year sees two or more generations, the latter being less colorful.

                         Diwali Forever stamp

U.S. Postal Service Honors Festival of Diwali with a Forever Stamp

Hindu Holiday Celebrated in Late October

August 23, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali with a Forever stamp. The Wednesday, Oct 5, first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony will take place at the Consulate General of India, New York.

The stamp design is a photograph featuring a traditional diya oil lamp beautifully lit, sitting on a sparkling gold background. Diya lamps are usually made from clay with cotton wicks dipped in a clarified butter known as “ghee” or in vegetable oils. 

Also known as Deepavali, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Spanning five days each autumn, it is considered by some to be the start of the new year.

On the Hindu calendar, Diwali falls on the eve of, or on, the new moon that occurs between mid-October and mid-November. In 2016, the main day of the festival will be celebrated Oct. 29 for South Indians and Oct 30 for North Indians.

                         1-cent apples stamp

New 1-Cent Apples Stamp is Always Ripe for Mailing

August 12, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — As a convenience to customers needing additional postage, the U.S. Postal Service issued the new 1-cent definitive Apples stamps today. The stamps are available in coils of 3,000 and 10,000.

The stamp design features two apples on a branch surrounded by leaves. The original art for this stamp was illustrated using pen and ink and watercolor. Art director Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, designed this stamp with an existing illustration by John Burgoyne of West Barnstable, MA.

Also known as the Newtown pippin, the Albemarle pippin apple has deep historical roots. It first appeared in the late 17th century in an area of Queens, New York, formerly known as Newtown. The word “pippin” indicates that the trees originated from seedlings rather than from grafting — a technique common in the propagation of apple trees.

                     Songbirds in snow forever stamps

Songbirds in Snow Forever Stamps Take Flight

August 04, 2016 

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PORTLAND, OR — The U.S. Postal Service celebrated four birds that brighten cold winter days today by dedicating the Songbirds in Snow Forever stamps at the American Philatelic Society’s Stampshow 2016 in Portland, OR. One of the birds, the north