Greater Boston

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
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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 northern cardinal, is the state bird for Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.

The stamps are available in booklets of 20, with each of the four stamp designs repeated five times. They feature the golden-crowned kinglet (Regulus satrapa), the cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum), the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) and the red-breasted nuthatch (Sitta canadensis). Illustrator Robert Giusti painted the original designs in acrylic on canvas board, depicting each bird perched on a snow-covered branch.

“The Postal Service has a long tradition of putting birds on stamps — to celebrate and raise awareness of these amazing creatures,” said U.S. Postal Service Vice President of Sales Cliff Rucker, the dedicating official. “And the four stamps we’re dedicating today,” he added, “are truly beautiful works of art.” 

                        Patriotic Spiral First-Class Forever stamp

Patriotic Spiral Forever Stamp

Features Festive, Energetic Design

August 03, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will issue the Patriotic Spiral First-Class Forever stamp in booklets of 10 for consumers and self-adhesive coils of 10,000 for businesses. Both formats will be available on August 19 nationwide, and will be issued formally that day in Falls Church, VA, in booklet format, and in Kansas City, MO, in large coil format.

This festive and energetic stamp design features 50 blue and red stars spiraling around a central gold star on a white background. The idea for the design was to illustrate a community of stars protectively orbiting a central star that in an abstract sense stands for our nation's steadfast idealism and hope for a more perfect union. Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, served as art director for the project with art and typography by Polygraph, a Washington, DC, design firm.

The Patriotic Spiral Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

                   Pets Forever stamps

Paws, Claws, Hooves, Scales, Fins and Feathers!

New Stamps Commemorate America’s Favorite Pets

August 02, 2016 

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LAS VEGAS — In a tribute to America’s favorite pets, the U.S. Postal Service dedicated Forever stamps here today featuring photographs of 20 different domestic animals — two dogs, two cats, two birds, two fish, four reptiles, five rodents, a crustacean, a rabbit and a horse.

The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Pets stamps took place at the SuperZoo National Pet Retailers Show at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. Participating in the dedication event were Chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors James Bilbray; Postal Service Chief Marketing and Sales Officer James Cochrane; Doug Poindexter, President, World Pet Association; Robert Vetere, Chairman, Pet Leadership Council and Founder, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, Gregory Popovich.

                  Henry James stamp

Henry James Is 31st Inductee

in U.S. Postal Service’s Literary Arts Stamp Series

July 31, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service honors Henry James (1843–1916), a towering figure in American literature, with a non-denominated three-ounce-rate stamp. The stamp, issued today and priced at 89 cents, is the 31st entry in the Literary Arts stamp series.

In novels and stories that often explored the complex interplay between Americans and Europeans, James sought to portray the intricacies of society and the inner lives of his characters with exquisite realism, an intellectual and artistic achievement that earned him a reputation as one of the greatest writers the United States has ever produced.

                      Holiday Windows Forever stamps

Holiday Window Views Featured on Forever Stamps

July 25, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service announced today that this year’s contemporary holiday stamps will highlight the role windows play during the holidays. The Holiday Windows Forever stamps will be issued in October, providing plenty of time for mailing greeting cards. Details will be announced soon. This is one of a number of holiday-themed stamps that will be issued this year.

                      Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary Forever stamps

Wonder Woman’s 75th Anniversary to be Celebrated on Forever Stamps

July 21, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, previewed four Forever stamps today that commemorate the 75th anniversary of one of the most iconic Super Heroes of all time — Wonder Woman. The stamp pane will be among other Wonder Woman related items revealed at 3 p.m., Sat., July 23 atComic-Con International: San DiegoThe first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony will take place Oct. 7 at New York Comic-Con, Fri., Oct. 7.

Fans are encouraged to share the news on social media using the hashtags#WonderWomanForever and #WonderWoman75.

                                            Pluto Explored stamp

                             Guinness World Records logo

Pluto Stamp Earns GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title

July 19, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — A 1991 Pluto: Not Yet Explored stamp traveled more than 3 billion miles on a spacecraft to the dwarf planet has earned the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement for the farthest distance traveled by a postage stamp. The stamp also served as NASA’s rallying cry to set the record straight for exploring Pluto.

This record will extend another 1 billion miles, as NASA recently announced the New Horizons mission will journey beyond Pluto to visit a Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69 — considered to be one of the early building blocks of the solar system.   

The U.S. Postal Service and NASA marked the achievement July 19 at a ceremony at Postal Service headquarters. Space fans are asked to share the news on social media using the hashtag #PlutoExplored!

                    Pickup Trucks Forever stamps

Pickup Trucks Get U.S. Postal Service Stamp of Approval

July 15, 2016 

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SYRACUSE, NY — The U.S. Postal Service celebrated the rugged and reliable work vehicles that Americans have driven for nearly a century today with the dedication of the Pickup Trucks Forever stamps that highlight four iconic models: the 1938 International Harvester D-2; the 1948 Ford F-1; the 1953 Chevrolet; and the 1965 Ford F-100.

“The pickup truck embodies America’s strong work ethic — the work it takes to transport the country’s building blocks, to operate our nation’s agricultural centers and to grow our businesses and communities,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President Jeff Williamson. “They symbolize the strength, ruggedness and grit of the millions of hard working men and women that have and continue to build our great nation. For the significant contributions pickup trucks have made in molding this country’s landscape and revolutionizing how we transport ourselves and our goods, we proudly honor these four iconic trucks.”

                             Jaime Escalante Forever stamp

Postal Service Honors Legendary Teacher

Jaime Escalante Forever Stamp On Sale Today Nationwide

July 13, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today salutes Jaime Escalante, the east Los Angeles teacher known for using unconventional methods to inspire inner-city high school students to master calculus, with the issuance of a new Forever Stamp. The stamp dedication ceremony was held during the League of United Latin American Citizens’ (LULAC) 87th annual convention and exposition in Washington, DC.

A special dedication ceremony also will be held July 16 at Garfield High School in Los Angeles, where Escalante taught.

                     Soda Fountain Favorites Forever stamps

Postal Service Celebrates Soda Fountain Favorites

New Forever Stamp Booklet On Sale Today Nationwide

June 30, 2016 

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NASHVILLE — The U.S. Postal Service today dedicated the Soda Fountain Favorites Forever Stamp booklet featuring the cold, sweet treats beloved by people of all ages. The ceremony was held at the Elliston Place Soda Shop in Nashville.

The First-Class Mail Forever booklet of 20 stamps features five different illustrations: a double-scoop ice cream cone, an egg cream, a banana split, a root beer float and a hot fudge sundae.
This booklet includes four of each design. The words “FOREVER*USA” are featured along the right edge of each stamp. The geometric silver-toned patterns in the selvage and on the booklet cover evoke a classic chrome-accented soda fountain. The words “Soda Fountain Favorites” appear across the top of the booklet cover. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps, with illustrations by Nancy Stahl.

                           Star TrekTM Forever Stamp

Star Trek™ Forever Stamps to be Dedicated Sept. 2

Dedication Ceremony Launches Star Trek: Mission New York

June 22, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — Nearly 50 years to the day of its original airing, the U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the iconic 1960s television show Star Trek by dedicating the Star Trek Forever stamps in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

The first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place at noon on Friday Sept. 2, and will officially launchStar Trek:  Mission New York, a three-day celebration that is expected to draw thousands of Star Trek fans. For tickets to Star Trek: Mission New York go to startrekmissions.com.

The stamps will be available for pre-order the first week of August at usps.com/shop for delivery shortly after Sept. 2. Fans are encouraged to share the news on social media using#StarTrekForever. Visit this link for information on other upcoming stamp dedication ceremonies.

                         Postal Service commemorates two most important Muslim Festivals with new Eid stamp

Postal Service Commemorates Two Most Important Muslim Festivals With New Eid Greetings Stamp

On Sale Today Nationwide Special Ceremony to be Held at Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, KY, Monday, June 13

June 10, 2016 

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DEARBORN, MI — The U.S. Postal Service today dedicated the Eid Greetings Forever Stamp recognizing the two most important festivals — or eids — in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The ceremony was held at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.

In addition, a special Eid Greetings stamp ceremony will be held Monday, June 13, at 11 a.m. EDT at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY.

The Postal Service has issued stamps to commemorate these two Islamic holidays since 2001. As with the previous Eid releases, today’s stamp features the work of world-renowned calligrapher, Mohamed Zakariya of Arlington, VA, who worked with art director Ethel Kessler to create this design.

                      Hoosier State’s Bicentennial Celebrated on Forever Stamp

Hoosier State’s Bicentennial Celebrated on Forever Stamp

Stunning Photo is Former Milford Resident’s Work

June 07, 2016 

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INDIANAPOLIS — A stunning photograph taken at sunset over cornfields in Milford, IN, by a young photographer raised there was selected as the Forever stamp to celebrate Indiana’s 200th statehood anniversary. Indiana became the 19th state of the Union Dec., 11, 1816. Celebration festivities will take place throughout the year.

The Indiana Statehood Forever Stamp was issued today at the state capitol in Indianapolis. Indiana Governor Mike Pence helped dedicate the stamp. The public is asked to share the news on social media using the hashtag #Indianastatehood.

                          New forever stamps booklet

New Forever Stamps Booklet Features Colorful Celebrations

June 03, 2016 

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NEW YORK CITY — A new booklet of Forever stamps entitled Colorful Celebrations was dedicated today at World Stamp Show-NY 2016 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The international stamp show will conclude tomorrow. The United States plays host to a sanctioned international stamp show only once every 10 years, with the next one scheduled for 2026 in Boston, MA.

                           National Parks stamps

Postmaster General Dedicates National Parks Stamps

Special Dedication Ceremonies at 14 Locations Today Including Simultaneous Live Webcast from MD/VA Assateague Island National Seashore

June 02, 2016 

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NEW YORK — Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan today helped the National Park Service celebrate its 100th anniversary with the dedication of the pane of 16 National Parks Forever stamps .The first-day-of-issue ceremony took place in New York City at the World Stamp Show-NY 2016– which is the world’s largest stamp show and is only held once a decade in the United States.

                             Classics Forever stamps

Classic Engraved Images Appear on New Forever Stamps Dedicated Today

Classics Forever Stamp Features Water Soluble Adhesive

June 01, 2016 

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NEW YORK CITY — Engraved stamps are much-beloved by stamp collectors, or philatelists as they sometimes are known.  So it’s only fitting that the U.S. Postal Service today dedicated a souvenir sheet featuring new engravings of classic 19th-century stamps at the World Stamp Show-NY 2016. The stamps also feature a water soluble adhesive.

The original versions of these classic stamps were issued between 1851 and 1866, 150 years ago or more, and they feature some of the most celebrated Americans, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln. “It’s not surprising that Washington, Franklin and Lincoln were featured on six of America’s earliest stamps,” noted U.S. Postal Service Vice President for New Products and Innovation Gary Reblin in dedicating the new stamps.  “In fact, it seems fitting that we’re celebrating them again with today’s souvenir sheet — and the new Forever versions of these 19th century classics,” he said.

            

NASA’s Breathtaking Planet Images Get Stamps of Approval

Pluto—Explored! and Views of Our Planets Forever Stamps Issued Today

May 31, 2016 

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NEW YORK CITY — Less than a year following NASA’s nine-year, three-billion plus mile New Horizons mission to explore Pluto, the U.S. Postal Service dedicated Forever stamps to commemorate the historic event, while dedicating a second set of stamps depicting NASA’s stunning images of our planets.

The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Pluto—Explored! and Views of Our PlanetsForever stamps took place before a crowd of 500 at the world’s largest stamp show that only occurs in the United States once a decade, World Stamp Show-NY 2016The show runs through Saturday. The public is asked to share the news on social media using the hashtags#PlutoExplored and #PlanetStamps. Visit  Our Planets Forever Stamps to view images of the stamps and background on the planets.

                     Service Cross Medals Forever stamps

Postal Service Salutes Military Service Cross Recipients on Memorial Day with Forever Stamps

May 30, 2016 

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NEW YORK CITY — On Monday, May 30, the national day of remembrance for those who died while serving their nation, the U.S. Postal Service honored military service members who have been awarded one of the four Service Cross Medals — the Army Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, which includes the Marine Corps, the Air Force Cross and the Coast Guard Cross.

The Memorial Day first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Honoring Extraordinary Heroism: The Service Cross Medals Forever stamps took place at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center as part of the world’s largest stamp show that only takes place in the United States once a decade, World Stamp Show-NY 2016More than 250,000 visitors are expected to attend this week-long eventThe public is asked to share the news on social media using the hashtag #ServiceCrossStamps.

                      Repeal of Stamp Act Forever stamps

New Forever Stamp Souvenir Sheet Marks 250th Anniversary of the Repeal of the Stamp Act

May 29, 2016 

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NEW YORK — The U.S. Postal Service today dedicated a Forever stamp souvenir sheet commemorating the 250th anniversary of the repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766. The Stamp Act was British legislation that proved historic in galvanizing and uniting the American colonies, setting them on a path toward independence.

The stamp ceremony was held at the World Stamp Show— NY 2016 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, which continues through June 4. The United States plays host to a sanctioned international stamp show only once every 10 years.

                         WSS Folio stamp

U.S. Postal Service Dedicates World Stamp Show-NY 2016 Forever Stamp Folio

May 28, 2016 

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NEW YORK CITY — The U.S. Postal Service dedicated a Forever Stamp Folio celebrating World Stamp Show-NY 2016, which opened today at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City and continues through June 4. The United States plays host to the sanctioned international stamp show only once every 10 years, the first since being held in Washington in 2006.

“Whether you’re a seasoned collector or you’re new to the hobby, these stamps will serve as a wonderful souvenir of the show,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Jim Cochrane while dedicating the new stamps.  “The show gives visitors the unique opportunity to meet with thousands of fellow philatelists, expand their own collections and gain a greater appreciation of the many stamps and collections on display from around the world,” added Cochrane.

U.S. Postal Service to Announce Innovative New Stamp Products at World Stamp Show-NY 2016

USPS StampApp, eGuide to U.S. Stamps, Souvenir Portfolio and Water Soluble Forever Stamps to be Featured

May 26, 2016 

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NEW YORK CITY — The U.S. Postal Service will announce several new and innovative stamp products during the World Stamp Show-NY 2016, which begins Saturday, May 28 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The new products include The World Stamp Show Souvenir Portfolio, a book with a number of impressive digital and tactile features; the 2015 eGuide to U.S. Stamps, a digital version of the Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps, 42nd Edition; the USPS StampApp, the only official U.S. stamp collecting app; and new Forever stamps that are water soluble.

                    Yellowstone National Park stamp

Postal Service Previews Last of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial

Stamp Highlights Yellowstone National Park

April 25, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — A stunning photograph of two bison silhouetted in Yellowstone National Park’s winter morning sun was previewed today as the last of 16 Forever Stamp images to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. The uniquely designed stamp pane containing all 16 stamp images will be previewed later this week.

                          Theodore Roosevelt National Park stamp

Postal Service Previews 15th of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial

Stamp Highlights Theodore Roosevelt National Park

April 22, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — A photograph of the Little Missouri River winding through the Badlands of North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park was previewed today as the 15th of 16 Forever Stamp images to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. 

                          Stamp highlights San Francisco Maritime Historical Park

Postal Service Previews 14th of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial

Stamp Highlights San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

April 21, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — A photograph of an iconic three-masted sailing ship was previewed today to highlight San Francisco Maritime Historic National Park as the 14th of 16 Forever Stamp images to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

                     Mount Rainier National Park Forever stamp

Postal Service Previews 13th of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial

Stamp Highlights Mount Rainier National Park

April 20, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — A stunning star trail photograph comprised from 200 images was previewed today to celebrate Washington’s Mount Rainier as the 13th of 16 Forever Stamp images to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

                         Painting at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park highlights conservation

Postal Service Previews 12th of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial

Stamp Depicts a Painting at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park that Highlights the Conservation Movement that Led to the First National Parks

April 19, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — An iconic Hudson River School of Art landscape painting linked to the Conservation Movement that supported interest in creating the National Park system was previewed today as the12th of 16 Forever Stamp images to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

                           

The Postal Service Honors the World’s Most Famous Child Film Star

Shirley Temple Becomes the 20th Inductee in the Legends of Hollywood Stamp Series

April 18, 2016 

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LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Postal Service today dedicated a Forever Stamp honoring legendary actress and distinguished diplomat Shirley Temple. The ceremony was held at Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

The stamp is the 20th in the Postal Service’s Legends of Hollywood stamp series, which includes Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, John Wayne, Judy Garland, Charlton Heston, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis and Ingrid Bergman. Temple fans are asked to share this news using the hashtag #ShirleyTempleStamp.

“The Postal Service is proud to honor Shirley Temple, an American treasure and Hollywood legend,” said Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Megan J. Brennan, who dedicated the stamp. “This stamp serves as a lasting tribute to her legacy as a world renowned actress and for her distinguished career in public service and international affairs.”

                         Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens stamp

Postal Service Previews 11th of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial

Stamp Highlights Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

April 18, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — A water lily with a bloom the size of a basketball in Washington, DC’s Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens is featured on the 11th of 16 Forever Stamp images. The stamps are being revealed individually over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

                     Haleakalā National Park stamp

Postal Service Previews 10th of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial

Stamp Highlights Haleakalā National Park

April 15, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — A stunning photograph of the late afternoon sun shining into a heavy rain storm, forming rainbows over the crater at Haleakalā National Park, Maui, HI, is the 10th of 16 Forever Stamp images to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

                        Gulf Islands National Park stamp

Postal Service Previews 9th of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial

Stamp Highlights Gulf Islands National Seashore

April 14, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — A photograph of a long-legged water bird with a wingspan that can exceed six feet was previewed today to highlight Gulf Islands National Seashore as the ninth of 16 Forever Stamp images to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

                    Grand Canyon National Park stamp

Postal Service Previews 8th of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial

Stamp Highlights Grand Canyon National Park

April 13, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — An iconic painting of one of the seven natural wonders of the world — the Grand Canyon — was previewed today as the eighth of 16 Forever Stamp images to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. 

                    Glacier Bay National Park stamp

Postal Service Previews 7th of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial

Stamp Highlights Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

April 12, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — A stunning photograph of Glacier Bay was previewed today as the seventh of 16 Forever Stamp images to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. 

                    Everglades National Park stamp

Postal Service Previews 6th of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service Centennial

Stamp Highlights Everglades National Park

April 11, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — A setting sun photograph of pinelands and grasses in the United States’ largest subtropical wilderness — Everglades National Park — was previewed today as the sixth of 16 Forever Stamp images to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

                   Carlsbad Caverns National Park stamp

Postal Service Previews 5th of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial

Stamp Highlights New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns National Park

April 08, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — A dramatic photograph of the interior of Carlsbad Caverns was previewed today as the fifth of 16 Forever Stamp images to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. 

                    Bandelier National Monument stamp

Postal Service Previews 4th of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial

Stamp Highlights New Mexico’s Bandelier National Monument

April 07, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — A 1930s painting by renowned artist Helmuth Naumer depicting the Pueblo Revival-style visitor center at Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos, NM, was previewed today as the fourth of 16 Forever stamp images to be revealed over a three week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

                     Assateague Island National Seashore stamp

Postal Service Previews 3rd of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial

Stamp Highlights Assateague Island National Seashore

April 06, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — Wild horses of Maryland’s and Virginia’s Assateague Island National Seashore were previewed today as the third of 16 Forever Stamp images to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. A photograph by Tim Fitzharris of Fayetteville, AR, was used to create the image.

                        Arches National Park Centennial stamp

Postal Service Previews 2nd of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial

Stamp Highlights Utah’s Arches National Park

April 05, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Postal Service previewed the second in its series of 16 Forever stamps commemorating the centennial of the National Park Service. The 16 stamps, intended to represent the diversity of areas in our national park system, are being previewed over the next three weeks.

                     National Park Centennial stamp

Postal Service Previews First of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial

Stamp Depicts Acadia National Park’s Bass Harbor Head Light

April 04, 2016 

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WASHINGTON — A stamp image featuring a stunning photograph of Acadia National Park’s Bass Harbor Head Light was previewed today as the first of 16 Forever stamp images to be revealed over a three week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.

The June 2 first-day-of-issue ceremony for the National Parks Forever stamps pane will take place at New York City’s Javits Center at 11 a.m. as part of World Stamp Show-NY 2016.Dedication ceremonies also will take place at or near each of the National Parks depicted on the stamps. Individuals are asked to spread the news on social media by using the hashtags #FindYourPark or #NPS100.

                       Sarah Vaughan Forever stamp

The Postal Service Immortalizes Legendary Jazz Vocalist Sarah Vaughan

Newest Addition to the Music Icons Stamp Series

March 29, 2016 

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NEWARK, NJ — The U.S. Postal Service today dedicated a Forever Stamp honoring Sarah Vaughan, one of America’s greatest singers. The ceremony was held in her hometown at the Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall at Newark Symphony Hall.

The stamp is the seventh in the Postal Service’s Music Icons series, which includes Lydia Mendoza, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Elvis Presley. Vaughan fans are asked to share this news using the hashtags #Musicicons and #SarahVaughanForever.

“As one of the most compelling vocalists in American history, Sarah Vaughan was renowned for her artistic eloquence. Her dynamic vocal range, iconic vibrato, and innovative phrasing helped to transform jazz and popular music,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman, who dedicated the stamp.

“The Postal Service is proud to honor Sarah Vaughan,” Stroman said. “Let this stamp serve as a lasting tribute to her legacy.”

                    5-cent Grapes stamp

New Moon Stamp Is Out of this World

International Forever Stamp Good for Mailing 1-ounce Letters

February 22, 2016 

WASHINGTON — Lovers of the night sky will be beaming now that the Postal Service has introduced the new $1.20 Moon Global Forever international rate stamp. This round stamp features a detailed photograph of the moon which captures the brilliant surface of Earth’s only natural satellite.

                              5-cent Grapes stamp

 

The selvage, or area adjacent to the stamps, features a tree line silhouetted against the night sky. The text that is repeated twice around the circumference of the stamp reads “GLOBAL USA FOREVER 2016.”

The art director was William J. Gicker of Washington, DC. Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, illustrated the selvage and designed the stamp with an existing photograph of the moon taken by Beth Swanson of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

The Global Forever stamp can be used to mail a 1-ounce letter to any country for which 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 a single-piece First-Class Mail International first ounce machinable letter in effect at the time of use. To distinguish this stamp from other Forever stamps, the shape of the international stamp is round and bears the words “Global Forever.” 

                      5-cent Grapes stamp

2016 is an Excellent Year for Grapes Stamps

February 19, 2016 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a new 5-cent Grapes stamp today that features a stylized illustration of two clusters of pinot noir deep-purple grapes growing on the vine among several green leaves.  

Art Director Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, designed this stamp with an existing illustration by John Burgoyne of West Barnstable, MA. Burgoyne used pen, ink and watercolor to produce the original art.

A member of the genus Vitis, grapes have been cultivated for thousands of years. The fruits grow on woody, climbing vines; botanically, they are berries with a juicy, pulpy interior covered with an outer skin. According to the Department of Agriculture, 7.8 million tons of grapes were grown commercially in the United States in 2014. 

                     Lunar New Year stamp

New Forever Stamp Celebrates Lunar New Year

Stamp Recognizes Year of the Monkey

February 05, 2016 

NEW YORK CITY — The U.S. Postal Service rang in the Lunar New Year by issuing the Year of the Monkey Forever stamp today.

The official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place in the D’Angelo Center at St. John’s University - Queens Campus in Jamaica, N.Y. Use the hashtag #LunarNewYear to share the news on social media.

Year of the Monkey is the ninth of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year stamp series. It is being issued as a souvenir sheet of 12 self-adhesive Forever stamps. As a Forever stamp, it will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

“For millions of people, here and around the world, the Lunar New Year is one of the most popular and exciting holidays of the year,” said USPS Vice President Northeastern Area Operations Richard P. Uluski, in dedicating the stamp. “For 123 years, our commemorative stamp program has celebrated the cultures of people from around the globe — that together reflect the rich and complex heritage of America.”

                        Richard Allen Forever stamp

The Postal Service Celebrates Black History Month Issuing a Forever Stamp Honoring Richard Allen,

Founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Marks the 39th Stamp in the Black Heritage Series

February 02, 2016  

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PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Postal Service today kicked off the national observance of Black History Month with the dedication of a Forever stamp honoring preacher, activist and civic leader Richard Allen for his inspirational life and profound contribution to American history. The ceremony was held at Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, founded by Allen.

The stamp is the 39th in the Postal Service’s Black Heritage stamp series, which began in 1978 with a stamp honoring abolitionist Harriet Tubman. It coincides with the 200th anniversary of Allen’s founding of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, considered one of the most important institutions in African American life, and Allen’s election and consecration as A.M.E.’s first bishop.

          

Beautiful Flowers Decorate Forever Stamps

Stamps Feature Vintage Nursery Catalog Illustrations

January 28, 2016 

ATLANTA — The U.S. Postal Service continues its tradition of beautiful floral-themed stamps by dedicating the Botanical Art Forever stamps featuring vintage illustrations taken from 19th- and early 20th-century plant and seed catalogs.

The official First-Day-of-Issue ceremony will take place Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. in the Crystal Ballroom of the Hilton Atlanta Downtown, 255 Courtland St. N.E. as part of the American Philatelic Society’sAmeriStamp Expo.

Depicted on the stamps, top row from left:corn lilies, tulips, stocks, roses and petunias. Pictured bottom row from left: tulips, dahlias, japanese Iris, tulips and daffodils and jonquils.

“Featuring Mother Nature at her best, our new Botanical Art stamps were based on designs of images from the nursery and seed catalog collection of the New York Botanical Garden,” said Postal Service Capital Metro Area Operations Vice President Kristin Seaver who will dedicate the stamps. “Beginning tomorrow, these beautiful images will travel on letters and packages to millions of homes and businesses throughout America.”

            

2016 Love Stamp Showcases Stunning Three-Dimensional Artwork

Captures Ancient Art of Quilling

January 11, 2016 

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DALLAS — Love takes to the air tomorrow from Dallas Love Field with the dedication of the Quilled Paper Heart Forever stamps as the 44th inductee into the Postal Service’s Love stamp series.  

The stamp features a heart created using the ancient art of quilling — also called paper filigree — which involves rolling and shaping narrow strips of paper, laying them on their edges, and gluing them in place to form intricate designs. The origin of the name “quilling” is believed to have come from the first tool used to create the paper curls — the base of a feather or quill. (The photo of the stamp above right provides scale to the original three-dimensional 8”x10” artwork.) 

Tomorrow’s 10 a.m. CT official First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony, free and open to the public, takes place in the airport terminal outside of the security zone in front of the Moss Lee Love Garden. The public and travelers can purchase the stamps outside and inside the terminal’s security zone. Use #LoveStamp to share the news on social media when the 150 million stamps become available nationwide tomorrow.
Children will also commemorate the dedication by designing paper hearts which will be given to travelers at the airport.

Postal Service Previews 2016 Stamps

Star Trek, NASA’s New Horizons and Shirley Temple are among Topics Highlighted

December 30, 2015 

WASHINGTON —The Postal Service is providing a preview of its 2016 stamp program that is sure to attract the interest of fans of Sarah Vaughan, Star Trek, NASA’s New Horizons mission, Trucks, Shirley Temple, flowers, soda fountain fans and the holidays — just to name a small handful.

“Our stamps articulate the American experience through miniature works of art,” said Acting Stamp Services Director Mary-Anne Penner. “Our diverse stamp topics for 2016 are sure to appeal to everyone, and with the New Year just around the corner, now is a perfect time to get started in stamp collecting. It’s an educational hobby the entire family can enjoy.”

The Postal Service is also previewing a number of new holiday stamps. A new holiday contemporary stamp is in development and will be previewed at a later date. Unless noted, the date of issuance and the stamp dedication ceremony locations will be announced at a later date.

                

Educational Stamp Yearbook, Guide to U.S. Stamps, Are Great Holiday Gifts

November 30, 2015 

WASHINGTON — With the holidays approaching, the Postal Service is offering two great educational gifts the entire family can enjoy — the 2015 Stamp Yearbook and the latest Guide to U.S. Stamps.

2015 Stamp Yearbook
Following is a sampling of fascinating information gleaned from the yearbook on just a handful of 2015 stamp subjects.

  • Of the several million Americans who served in the Vietnam War, 258 received the Medal of Honor — our nation’s most prestigious military decoration. Most recipients performing their selfless courageous acts received the honor posthumously.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard conducted 17,491 rescue missions last year and saved 3,430 lives.
  • Oscar-winning actor, philanthropist and auto racer Paul Newman changed the number on his race car to match his age. The last car he raced was number 82. His philanthropic efforts have raised more than $430 million for thousands of charities.
  • Elvis Presley sold out every one of his 1,140 concerts after serving in the Army. No one has surpassed his record for scoring the most Top 40 hits, a total of 114.
  • Emperor penguins can dive deeper than 1,500 feet in pursuit of fish, squid and crustaceans — farther than any other bird — and can stay submerged for nearly 20 minutes.

                     

Geometric Snowflakes

Add Festive Look to Mailing Holiday Greetings and Packages

New Forever Stamps Bring a Whimsical Splash of Color and Cheer

October 23, 2015 

NEW YORK — Post Offices across America are experiencing a blizzard of new Forever stamps today with the introduction of the Geometric Snowflakes Forever stamps.  

Available in booklets of 20, the stamps can be purchased on usps.com at this link, at eBay at this link, by calling 1-800-STAMP 24 (1-800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

“With these four commemorative Forever stamps we’re presenting today, we hope to capture the art and the science of the snowflake and preserve it forever,” said U.S. Postal Service Northeast Area Operations Vice President Richard Uluski in dedicating the stamps. “These bright, cheerful stamps bring a whimsical splash to holiday cards, thank-you notes, invitations, greeting cards and any mailing that calls for a touch of warmth during the coldest months of the year.”

The law of physics makes each snowflake unique and each of the four stamps depicts a different snowflake. When it snows, millions of ice crystals form unique patterns that are as stunning in their complexity as they are fleeting. Stamp designers were inspired by the different shapes. Each snowflake is drawn in one of four colors: purple, pink, green or blue. Applying light and dark shades of color enhanced the intricate geometry of each flake and added a feeling of playfulness to the stamp art.

      

Charlie Brown Christmas Forever Stamps

Bring Cheer to Holiday Greetings and Packages

Stamps Based on 1965 Holiday TV Classic

September 02, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service begins celebrating the holiday season by dedicating the Charlie Brown Christmas Forever stamps Oct. 1. The booklet of 20 stamps features 10 still frames from the 1965 TV special “A Charlie Brown Christmas”(two of each design) celebrating the classic’s 50th anniversary.

The official dedication ceremony will take place at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA, at 9 a.m. PT. The event is free and open to the public and the stamps will be available nationwide that day. Customers may pre-order the stamps now through this link only for delivery shortly after Oct. 1.

Scheduled to join Postmaster General Megan Brennan at the ceremony are: Schulz’s widow Jean Schulz; Schulz’s son Craig Schulz; and, A Charlie Brown Christmas Executive Producer Lee Mendelson.

                                             

New York City Gets Stamps of Approval

World Stamp Show-NY 2016 Forever Stamps Celebrate International Stamp Show

August 20, 2015 

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The U.S. Postal Service today gave New York City two stamps of approval by announcing the stamp show of the decade — as well as the world’s largest — in the Big Apple, May 28 through June 4 next year. The Postal Service celebrated this news by dedicating the World Stamp Show-NY 2016 Forever stamps today.

The stamps, reminiscent of classic engraved 19th-century stamps and banknotes, were dedicated at the American Philatelic Society StampShow 2015 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

More than 250,000 visitors are expected to enjoy eight days of amazing stamp-related displays next spring at the Javits Convention Center. Admission to the show is free.

                         

Postal Service Salutes United States Coast Guard’s 225th Anniversary with a Forever Stamp

August 04, 2015 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service commemorated the U.S. Coast Guard on its 225th anniversary today by dedicating a Forever Stamp to honor its role in protecting the security of the nation and advancing vital maritime interests.

The stamp shows two icons of the Coast Guard: the cutter Eagle, a three-masted sailing ship known as “America’s Tall Ship,” and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, the standard rescue aircraft of the Coast Guard. For more details on the helicopter, visit this link.

Aviation artist William Phillips of Ashland, OR, painted the image using oil and Masonite. Phil Jordan of Falls Church, VA, is the art director. The back of the stamp sheet provides background on the Coast Guard.

The stamp dedication ceremony took place at the Coast Guard’s Douglas A. Munro Headquarters building in Washington, D.C. The building is named after a World War II Medal of Honor recipient who received the honor posthumously following the battle of Guadalcanal.

“The Coast Guard is truly a symbol of safety to all Americans. Those who live in a coastal community, or spend time on our waterways and shores, know that the Coast Guard does whatever it takes to ensure that they are safe and protected,” said Postmaster General Megan Brennan.

                           

U.S. Postal Service Celebrates the Summer of 2015

New Forever Stamps Showcase some of America’s Favorite Summer Foods

July 11, 2015 

SACRAMENTO — The U.S. Postal Service today celebrated some of America’s favorite summer foods with four new Forever stamps during a first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony at the California State Fair ‑ Cal Expo.

“Today, the United States Postal Service is proud to showcase our Summer Harvest stamps, which will live on as treasures of Americana,” said Drew Aliperto, the U.S. Postal Service’s area vice president, Western Area. “As we celebrate all of summer’s events, remember the Summer Harvest stamps as they will add a little extra on everything you mail.”

Joining Aliperto to dedicate the new stamps were Rick Pickering, chief executive officer, California State Fair; Paul Hammond, director, California State Railroad Museum; Karen Ross, secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture; and Chef Brenda Ruiz, director, Youth and School Projects, Slow Food Sacramento.

The stamps, which are issued in booklets of 20, go on sale today. Customers may purchase the stamps at usps.com/stamps, the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide. A wide variety of stamps and collectibles also is available at ebay.com/stamps.

                            

Postal Service Previews Elvis Presley Forever Stamp

Exclusive CD Offers Previously Unreleased Songs Available Only in Post Offices

July 02, 2015 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service previewed the Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever stamp today and joined with Sony Music’s RCA/Legacy Recordings in announcing the upcoming debut of an exclusive music CD titled ELVIS FOREVER that includes an Elvis song, as you’ve never heard it before. The CD will be available online and in select Post Offices beginning August 12 — on the same day as the Elvis Presley stamp dedication ceremony.

Priscilla Presley will join Postmaster General Megan Brennan in dedicating the stamp on the morning of Aug. 12 at Graceland in Memphis as part of this year’s Elvis Week celebration. The public is encouraged to tweet about this news using #ElvisForever.

The Postal Service is proud to announce the offering of an exclusive CD of 18 Presley hits titled, ELVIS FOREVER, which includes a new performance of Elvis’ inspiring song “If I Can Dream” as you’ve never heard it before. “If I Can Dream” has been selected from a forthcoming Fall 2015 Elvis Presley album release. Customers can get this track first by picking up a copy of ELVIS FOREVER at their local Post Office location or pre-order the stamps and the commemorative $9.99 CD now at this link for delivery shortly after August 12.

Launched in 2013, the Music Icons series consists of beloved musicians whose blend of sound and way of life broke musical boundaries. The first inductees were Lydia Mendoza, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles. Last year’s inductees were Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

The King of Rock and Roll
Elvis Presley is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. Known worldwide as “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” his music and unique performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences, made him enormously popular. “The King’s” influence continues to inspire many of today’s artists, musicians, designers and social influencers.

During his lifetime, Presley starred in 33 films, recorded 18 number one singles, and racked up 14 Grammy nominations and three Grammy wins. He sold out every one of the 1,140 concerts he performed after serving in the Army. To date, no one has ever surpassed his record for scoring the most Top 40 hits, a total of 114. Presley is the first recording artist to have sold more than one billion albums, cementing his status as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The Postal Service previously honored Presley on a stamp in 1993. The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum calls that stamp the most popular U.S. commemorative stamp of all time. 

The Stamp Image
This stamp features a 1955 black-and-white photograph of Presley taken by William Speer. In the bottom left corner, between the words “Forever” and “USA,” is a small gold crown, a nod to Presley’s nickname, The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Presley’s signature, in gold ink, also is featured along the right side of the stamp.

The square stamp pane resembles a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the pane includes 16 stamps while the image of a sliver of a record seems to peek out of the top of the sleeve.

Postal Service Previews Elvis Presley Forever Stamp

An image of Presley performing was shot by photographer Alfred Wertheimer and the logo for the Music Icons series appear on the reverse side (above) of the stamp pane. Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, served as the art director and designed the stamp pane with Leslie Badani, also of Alexandria, VA.

The following text borders the block of 16 stamps:

“During his illustrious career, rock-and-roll superstar Elvis Presley starred in dozens of feature films, won three Grammy Awards, and recorded 18 number one singles: Heartbreak Hotel, I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, Don’t Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Too Much, All Shook Up , (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, Jailhouse Rock, Don’t, Hard Headed Woman, A Big Hunk O’ Love, Stuck On You, It’s Now Or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Surrender, Good Luck Charm, Suspicious Minds.”

Presley left an indelible mark on American pop music, inspiring and influencing thousands of rock musicians. Nearly 40 years after Presley’s death, more than 600,000 people still visit his Graceland home in Memphis every year.

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U.S. Postal Service to Issue Paul Newman Forever Stamp

Dedication ceremony is Sept. 18

June 29, 2015 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service announced today that award-winning actor and philanthropist Paul Newman will be honored on a Forever Stamp. The stamp will go on sale Sept. 18.

The stamp art features photographer Steve Schapiro’s 1980 photograph of Newman accompanied by text that reads “Actor/Philanthropist.” The photo credit is Paul Newman photo/© Steve Schapiro/Corbis. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

With his blue eyes and on-screen charisma, Newman enthralled American moviegoers for six decades. Over the course of his decorated movie career, he received 10 Academy Award nominations, including eight for best actor. He won an Oscar for his role in the 1986 film “The Color of Money. At the Oscars in 1994, Newman was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Newman stayed active in the arts and also embraced his many passions, particularly auto racing, which he took up in his 40s. Each year the number on his race car was changed to match his age. The last car he raced was number 82. He also served as the president of the board of the famed Actors Studio, which he helped support financially.

More than just a film icon, Newman used his success as an actor, writer, producer and director to advance his philanthropic endeavors funding charitable causes in an effort to make the world a better place.

Newman’s SeriousFun Children's Network has helped more than 600,000 children and families in the United States and beyond. Perhaps Newman’s boldest action on the philanthropic stage came in 1982, when he founded the Newman’s Own food company. Beginning simply with a single product of oil-and-vinegar salad dressing and a commitment to quality and charitable giving over profit, the company has since grown into an international business with more than 200 products. Along the way, Newman's Own has donated more than $430 million to thousands of charities.

In 1998, Newman helped create the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, an organization composed of board chairs and CEOs of major corporations that focuses on corporate philanthropy and citizenship. In 2006, he co-founded the Safe Water Network, which provides market-based safe water solutions to people in the developing world.

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U.S. Postal Service and Sweden Post to Jointly Issue Ingrid Bergman Stamp

Forever Stamp to be Dedicated Aug. 20 in Sweden

June 25, 2015 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service and Posten AB of Sweden announced today that award-winning actress Ingrid Bergman will be honored as the 19th stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series.

The stamp will be issued jointly by the Postal Service and Sweden Post and go on sale
Aug. 20. Special ceremonies will be held later.

The stamp art features a circa 1940 image of Bergman taken by Laszlo Willinger, known for his portraits of celebrities. Artist Kristen Monthei digitally colorized the image. Monthei also colorized the selvage photograph, a still of Bergman from Casablanca. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp pane.

Bergman lit up the silver screen for decades, starring in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, and the Tony Award for best actress. She is best remembered for her timeless portrayals of Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942); Paula Alquist in Gaslight (1944); Anna Koreff in Anastasia (1956); and Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946).

Bergman joins Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Alfred Hitchcock, John Wayne, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Bette Davis, among many others, with a Legends of Hollywood stamp in her honor.

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Postal Service to Issue Elvis Presley Stamp

Forever Stamp to be Dedicated August 12 at Graceland

June 03, 2015 
 


WASHINGTON —Postmaster General Megan Brennan announced today that Elvis Presley will be commemorated on a Forever stamp as the sixth inductee into the Postal Service’s Music Icon Series. The stamp image will be previewed at a later date.

“Elvis is a natural addition to our Music Icon Series,” said Brennan. “His life and talents are an incredible story. Spanning from his humble beginnings in a Tupelo, Mississippi, two-room house to becoming one of the most legendary performance artists of the 20th Century, Elvis Presley’s works continues to resonate with millions the world over.”

The First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony will take place on the morning of Aug. 12 at Graceland in Memphis as part of this year’s Elvis Week celebration. The public is encouraged to tweet about this news using #ElvisForever.

Launched in 2013, the Music Icons series consists of beloved musicians whose blend of sound and way of life broke musical boundaries. The first inductees included Lydia Mendoza, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles. Last year’s inductees were Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

Elvis Presley is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. Known worldwide as “The King of Rock ‘n Roll,” his music and provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences that made him enormously popular and controversial. “The King’s” influence continues to inspire today's artists, musicians, designers and social influencers.

The Postal Service previously honored Presley on a stamp in 1993. Visit this link for more information. 

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Medal of Honor Recipients to Dedicate Vietnam War Stamps on Memorial Day

Videos of their Stories included in this News Release

May 25, 2015 

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WASHINGTON — Nearly a dozen Vietnam Medal of Honor recipients will help the Postal Service dedicate the Limited Edition Medal of Honor: Vietnam War Forever Stamps during a 1 p.m. ET ceremony today at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

The event is hosted by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the National Park Service and is free and open to the public.

“The postal families of more than 600,000 employees salute the 2.7 million Americans who served in Vietnam,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President David Williams. “We stand in awe of the 258 Medal of Honor recipients who distinguished themselves through unfathomable circumstances — especially the six out of 10 who received our nation’s highest recognition of valor posthumously.

Since 1863, our country has awarded the Medal of Honor to 3,493 Americans who heroically responded to such threats. Today, we honor servicemen who in Vietnam reached this highest level of loyalty and valor.”

Scheduled to join Williams in the dedication ceremony are U.S. Army (USA) (Ret.), Medal of Honor recipient Gary Beikirch, citation, videoof Rochester, NY; USA (Ret.), Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jack Jacobs, citation, video; Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Founder & President Jan C. Scruggs; Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation Founder and President Diane Carlson Evans; Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund CEO Jim Knotts; and Acting Superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks Sean Kennealy

Other Medal of Honor Recipients scheduled to attend include: Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins, USA (Ret.) citation, videoof Opelika, AL; Major General Patrick Brady, USA (Ret.), citation, video of New Braunfels, TX; Captain Thomas Kelley, USN (Ret.), citation, video of Somerville, MA; Lt. Colonel James Sprayberry, USA (Ret.), citation of Madison, AL; Sergeant Major Kenneth Stumpf, USA (Ret.), citation, videoof Tomah, WI; Ft. Lieutenant USA Brian
Thacker, USA (Ret.), citation, videoof Wheaton, MD; Colonel Leo Thorsness, USAF (Ret.), citation, videoof
Madison, AL; and Spec. 4th Class Gary Wetzel, USA (Ret.), citation, videoof Oak Creek, WI.

“When you talk with any recipient, he’ll tell you that he wears the Medal for those who can't,” said Jacobs. “In every combat action, there's a great deal of valor. We hold the Medal in trust for those who came before us and for succeeding warriors. The Postal Service's Medal of Honor stamps not only recognize the 79 still with us today, but more importantly — the millions who served and sacrificed for our nation.”

                                               

Educational Stamp Aids in Finding Missing Children

Postal Service Issues Limited Edition Missing Children Stamps

May 18, 2015 

ANAHEIM, CA — There were nearly half a million reports of missing children last year. To heighten awareness of this critical issue, Postmaster General Megan Brennan dedicated the Limited Edition Missing Children Forever stamps at the National Postal Forum in Anaheim, CA, today. The educational stamp sheet provides information on National Missing Children’s Day and how to aid in the search for missing children.

“Today, the United States Postal Service affirms its longstanding commitment to help find missing children and bring them home by issuing a new stamp to make people more aware,” said Brennan. “Speaking for the men and women of the United States Postal Service, we are deeply committed to this noble and urgent cause.” 

The phrase “Forget-Me Not” is inscribed across the top of the stamp and “Help Find Missing Children” is featured at the bottom.

 

Special Olympics World Games Commemorated on Forever Stamp

Games to take place in Los Angeles from July 25 to Aug. 2

May 08, 2015 

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IRVINE, CA — The U.S. Postal Service begins celebrating the 2015 Special Olympics World Games by issuing the Special Olympics World Games Forever stamp during the Special Olympics Southern California 2015 Orange County Spring Regional Games in Irvine tomorrow. The stamp will be available nationwide May 9.

As the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement, the Special Olympics World Games will be held in Los Angeles from July 25 - Aug. 2. More than half a million spectators will enjoy nine days of challenging and inspiring international competition as more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries compete in 25 Olympic-type sports. The athletes will include 344 from the United States. Visit Special Olympics USA for the complete U.S. team listing.

Today, Special Olympics has grown to encompass nearly 5 million athletes worldwide. Every year, with the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics organizes more than 81,000 games and competitions. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games will showcase what Special Olympics is accomplishing every day, around the world.

“The Postal Service is pleased to honor Special Olympics, an organization that — for nearly five decades — has changed the world by creating opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities,” said USPS Pacific Area Vice President Dean Granholm. “In doing so, we honor the important work of Special Olympics, which uses sports as the catalyst for societal change in the areas of health, education, and in creating communities of acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities everywhere. Using these stamps on your cards, letters and packages is a great way to show your support for these athletes.”

Scheduled to join Granholm in dedicating the stamps will be Special Olympics Southern California Orange County Athlete of the Year Tony Briones; Special Olympics Southern California Board Chairman Tim Redmond; Special Olympics Southern California President and CEO Bill Shumard; Irvine Police Department Commander Mike Hallinan; and Irvine Mayor Steven Choi.

“Special Olympics changed my life and the lives of many of my friends and their families,” said Briones. “It helps us to learn compassion and leadership skills while bringing fun, accomplishment and pride into our lives. The stamp makes us feel important and we thank the Postal Service for extending Special Olympics this honor.”

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