Us postal service stamps 2015

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2015 USPS New Issues Calendar

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Geometric Snowflake Forever Stamps, USPS, Issue Date is October 23, 2015, New York City

Geometric Snowflakes
(Click to see 4 designs)
— October 23 | New York City (at ASDA Show) | Double-sided booklet of 20

In nature, millions of ice crystals form unique patterns. This infinite variety inspired Snowflakes stamp designers to experiment with different graphic shapes. In 2013 a set of five Presort Standard rate Snowflakes stamps were issued and in 2014 two of these were brought back on Forever Rate envelopes. This year, we have a set of four different Forever rate Snowflakes stamps. For the 2015 Holiday season the Postal People have found a broader use for Snowflakes themed stamps.

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas stamps 2015

A Charlie Brown Christmas Forever Stamps
(Click to see 10 designs)
— October 1 | Santa Rosa, CA at the Charles M. Schulz Museum | PSA booklet of 20

On December 9, 1965, millions of Americans viewed for the first time A Charlie Brown Christmas, the first animated special featuring characters from Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip, which aired that year on CBS. Over the years, watching the beautifully understated tribute to the holiday season has become an annual tradition. 

The program now airs every year on ABC. The stamp art features 10 still frames from the program, starting with Charlie Brown holding the sapling that eventually becomes his Christmas tree and ending with him decorating the tree in front of the prize-winning lights display on Snoopy's doghouse. 

 

Paul Newman Stamp 2015

Paul Newman Forever Stamp
— September 18, 2015 | Cleveland, OH | PSA pane of 20

Paul Newman earned stamp honors for many reasons. As an actor he received 10 Academy Award nominations and won an Oscar for his role in "The Color of Money." Among his many other interests, he took up auto racing in his 40s and stayed active, including some race car driving when he was 82.

As part of his funding of many charities, Newman's SeriousFun Children's Network has helped more than 600,000 children and families.

Some of the funding came from the "Newman's Own" food company that he founded in 1982, and which has donated more than $430 million to thousands of charities. In 2006, he co-founded the Safe Water Network, which provides market-based safe water solutions to people in the developing world. For his many contributions, Paul Newman was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Oscars in 1994.

SeriousFun Children's Network, which is highlighted on the back of the stamp pane, is offering a limited supply Paul Newman stamp pin to anyone who makes a minimum donation of $35 to SeriousFun. Details about the pin are available at SeriousFun's website, www.seriousfunnetwork.org.

 

USPS, Neon Celebrate Forever Stamp, 2015

Neon Celebrate Forever Reissue
— September 9, 2015 | Kansas City, MO | PSA pane of 20

The Neon Celebrate! stamp, first issued in 2011 is designed to be used for various happy occasions. The first stamp art to be made with neon, the design is reminiscent of a fireworks display with brilliantly colored images of swirls, circles, and dashes that erupt from the ground to illuminate the darkness.

2016 World Stamp Show New York City Forever Stamp - USPS 2015

World Stamp Show 2016 (Click to see Pane of 20 )
— August 20, 2015 | Grand Rapids, MI (at APS StampShow) | PSA Pane of 20, same design, two different colors

Once every ten years a massive Stamp International is held in the United States. This year, New York is the host city, and the U.S.

Postal Service will release its first postage stamps promoting the show, two same-design stamps in different colors.

World Stamp Show 2016 will be held May 28 through June 4, during which time the show organizers look forward to a quarter of a million people to visit the show, which will host about 200 dealers, dozens of postal administrations, beginner activities, 3,800 frames of competitive exhibits, a Court of Honor that includes the $9.48 million British Guiana One Cent Magenta, and more.

Click for World Stamp Show - NY 2016 - Special Editions - Historical coverage of U. S. International Philatelic Exhibitions starting with 1913—The First U. S. International and current information about the World Stamp Show - NY 2016!

Click for NORDIA, the Nordic Stamp Exhibition - World Online Philatelic Agency (WOPA)

 

Ingrid Bergman Forever Stamp 2015 USPS

Ingrid Bergman Forever Stamp (Click to see stamp sheet.)
— August 20, 2015 | Los Angeles & Sweden | PSA pane of 20

The U.S. Postal Service and the Swedish Post Office will jointly issue stamps to honor award-winning actress Ingrid Bergman as the 19th stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series. A 2005 joint issue with Sweden featured Greta Garbo.

The U.S. stamp art features a circa 1940 image of Bergman taken by Laszlo Willinger, known for his portraits of celebrities. The Swedish version of that photo is an engraved version of the portrait. A second Swedish stamp is based on a watercolor illustration of the Swedish born star, who won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, and the Tony Award for best actress.

Elvis Stamp USPS 2015

Elvis Presley Music Icon
(Click to see front - larger image, back - larger image)
— August 12 | Memphis, TN | Forever pane of 16

The 1993 Elvis Presley single stamp was an all-time best seller for the USPS, so the only surprise about Elvis being added to the Music Icons series is "what took so long" to add him to a series that began in May 2013 and already includes Lydia Mendoza, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Shown here is an Elvis image that will be on the back side of the stamp sheet. In keeping with past Music Icons stamps, the final design of the stamp will resemble a 45 RPM record jacket.

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United States Coast Guard Forever Stamp 2015

Coast Guard Forever Stamp (Click to see larger image)
— August 4, 2015 | Washington, DC | PSA pane of 20

The Coast Guard celebrates two anniversaries in 2015. It was founded on August 4, 1790 as the Revenue Cutter Service, part of the Treasury Department to prevent smuggling when import taxes supported most of the federal budget. In 1915 it was merged with the coastal Lifesaving Service to form the modern Coast Guard; the Lighthouse Service was added in 1939.

The stamp art, an oil painting by William S. Phillips, depicts 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.

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Fanciful Flowers Stamped Card
— July 31 | Clackamus, OR (at National Topical Stamp Show) | Forever (39¢) Stamped Card in Single, Double and Card Sheet

The Fanciful Flowers Stamped Card is another of the 2015 releases that meet the new rates. The Forever stamped card will always be equal to the value of the First-Class Mail postcard rate in effect at the time of use. The cards currently are sold for 4¢ over the 35¢ postage value, for a total of 39¢ for each card. The card features a stylized illustration of flowers and a bee. The design was created using a process similar to woodblock printing to create the image.


Summer Harvest Stamp 2015, Sweet Corn Forever Stamp 2015

Summer Harvest Forever Stamps (Click to see 4 designs)
— July 11, 2015 | Sacramento, CA | PSA double-sided booklet of 20

Following up on last year's Farmer's Markets stamps, this new set of four is expected to be popular with mailers. The stamps feature vegetable designs by New York artist Michael Dorat, inspired by vintage produce crate labels from the early 20th Century.


U. S. Department of the Interior, $25  Duck Stamp

$25 Federal Duck Stamp (not a postage stamp)
— June 26, 2015 | Memphis, TN | WAG Pane of 20, PSA Pane of 1

The 2015-2016 Duck stamp features Jennifer Miller's painting of a pair of Ruddy Ducks. Duck stamps are not postage stamps. The Fish and Wildlife Service produces the Federal Duck Stamp, which raises about $25 million each year to provide critical funds for conserving wetlands for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of people. The new stamp is valid from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. In addition to being required by waterfowl hunters age 16 and older, it also is a popular with conservationists and collectors.

Purchase Federal Duck Stamps from the USPS
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services


U. S. Department of the Interior, Junior Duck Stamp

Junior Duck Stamp (not a postage stamp)
— June 26, 2015 | Memphis, TN | Pane of 30

After the controversy a few years ago when a 6-year old was declared the winner of the Junior Duck Stamp contest—and artists everywhere questioned how that was possible—we probably have seen the last of such victories, and, as is usually the case, a teenager will be the winner. For the 2015-16 Junior Duck stamp, Andrew Kneeland, 17, of Rock Springs, Wyo., won the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest with his acrylic painting of a pair of wood ducks. Money raised from the sale of the Junior Duck Stamps supports environmental education.

Purchase Junior Duck Stamps from the USPS
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services


Flannery O'Connor Stamp Three Ounce Rate Stamp

Flannery O'Connor Three Ounce Rate Stamp
(Click to see larger image)
— June 5, 2015 | McLean, VA | PSA pane of 20

The 30th stamp in the Literary Arts series honors Flannery O'Connor, who is best known for her darkly comic stories and novels about the potential for enlightenment in the worst possible moments. She described herself as a "pigeon-toed child with a receding chin and a you-leave-me-alone-or-I'll-bite-you complex." At six, when Pathé News filmed "Little Mary O'Connor" with her trained chicken, and showed it in theaters nationwide, she said, "I had a chicken that walked backward and was in the Pathé News. I was in it too with the chicken.

I was just there to assist the chicken but it was the high point in my life. Everything since has been an anticlimax." If she were alive today, this stamp just might take a close second.

The colorized portrait is based on a black-and-white 1940s photo. The peacock feathers are a symbol often associated with the author. The "Three Ounce" on the stamp indicates its usage value, currently 93¢, which will change whenever the 3-ounce rate changes.


Postage Rate Information    

Postage Rate Information: A variety of new postage rates effective June 1 do not include an increase in the 1 ounce First Class rate, following a failed attempt by the USPS to get that rate increased to 50¢. New rates in effect Sunday, May 31 are covered by stamps issued June 1. Instead of showing a specific rate, or "Forever" (whose use is now confined to First Class 1 ounce rate stamps) these rate change stamps designate the rate they meet now, or in the future as rates change.

The new stamps are shown below as follows (Penguins, Vintage Tulip, Yes I Do, Wedding Cake, Easter Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, and Coastal Birds):


Penguin Stamp, Additional First Class ounce rate stamp 2015 USPS

Penguins Additional First Class ounce rate stamp
(Click to see larger image)
— June 1, 2015 | Kansas City, MO | PSA pane of 20, PSA coil of 100

This stamp pictures the Emperor Penguin. The largest of the penguin species, the emperor stands over three feet tall and can weigh more than 80 pounds and can dive deeper than any other bird—yes, penguins are classified as birds. The stamp art is a stylized drawing of a pair of emperor penguins, and is based on an illustration by Nancy Stahl, who has designed many of the recent birds and animals stamps. The words "Additional Ounce" indicate its usage value, which will always be equal in value to the extra ounce price, which as of May 31 is 22 cents


Vintage Tulip Stamp, First Class two ounce rate stamp, USPS 2015

Vintage Tulip First Class two ounce rate stamp
(Click to see larger image)
— June 1, 2015 | Kansas City, MO | PSA pane of 20

The increase in the additional ounce rate by a penny, from 21¢ to 22¢, obsoleted the 2014 70¢ Tulip stamp, making the new rate 71¢. The new issue uses the same design, but instead of a denomination, it reads Two Ounce, thus eliminating the need to redesign this stamp whenever there is a rate change. The USPS states this stamp is intended " to accommodate the weight of heavy invitations for weddings and other celebrations, greeting cards, and mailings such as small gifts that require extra postage." The Vintage Rose Forever First Class rate stamp is still available for the reply envelope.


Yes I Do Stamp

Yes, I Do First Class two ounce rate stamp
(Click to see larger image)
— June 1, 2015 | Kansas City, MO | PSA pane of 20

If a mailer prefers a more specific design for a Wedding invitation, this stamp can be used to carry the invitation and reply card and envelope (for which there still is a "Where Dreams Blossom" Forever First Class rate stamp with a similar design. The design on the Yes, I Do stamp is the same as that issued in 2013, but with "two ounce" instead of a specific denomination. The rate as of May 31, 2015 is 71¢.


Wedding Cake Stamp USPS 2015

Wedding Cake First Class two ounce rate stamp
(Click to see larger image)
— June 1, 2015 | Kansas City, MO | PSA pane of 20

And if a mailer prefers something more formal for their Wedding invitations, the Postal People have this Wedding Cake stamp. It's a repeat of the design first introduced in 2009, with "Two Ounce" instead of a specific denomination. Pastry chef Peter Brett created and designed the cake. The matching First Class rate stamp would be the Wedding Roses Forever stamp first issued in 2011. The rate as of May 31, 2015 is 71¢. (Warning to mailers: plan ahead because these Wedding stamps may not always be available at your local post office, and might have to be ordered from the USPS Fulfillment Center.)


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Stamp, USPS 2015

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Stamp
(Click to see larger image)
— June 1, 2015 | Kansas City, MO | PSA pane of 20

The USPS continues this series of stamps for use on envelopes that require additional postage because the size might meet the one ounce weight, but does not meet their machine-processing specifications. The stamp art is a stylized depiction of the butterfly, which is named for the black "tiger" stripes along the upper surfaces of its wings. Unlike the four previous Butterfly stamps in this series, instead of a specific denomination, the stamp uses the words "Non-Machineable Surcharge."  This rate as of May 31, 2015 is 71¢.


Red Knot Bird Stamp - Coastal Birds Postcard rate stamp, USPS 2015

Coastal Birds Postcard rate stamps
(Click to see 4 designs)
— June 1, 2015 | Kansas City, MO | PSA pane of 20, PSA Coil of 100

The Postal Service did get approval for a 1¢ increase in the Postcard rate, to 35¢ effective May 31, 2015. The four birds pictured are the red knot, king eider, roseate spoonbill, and frigatebird. The stamps feature highly stylized, digital portraits of each bird. Again, as with the other rate change stamps, instead of a specific denomination, the stamps use the word "Postcard". 


USPS Medal of Honor Forever Stamp - Airforce 2015

Medal of Honor: Vietnam War (Click to see 3 designs)
— May 25, 2015 | Washington, D.C. | Three designs in a Prestige folio ( See description below for Format)

In this third Medal of Honor prestige folio, the format consists of a large sheet folded to form four separate pages. The first and fourth pages (front and back) display photos of the 48 living recipients who agreed to be part of the stamp issue. Those photos surround a group of 12 Forever stamps (24 total), consisting of designs, for the Army, Navy (which also is presented to members of the Marine Corps) and Air Force Medals of Honor. The previous, World War II and Korean War, folios did not include an Air Force Medal of Honor, which was launched after those two wars. Page two contains selvage text and a key to the individuals pictured. Page three has an alphabetical listing of those living individuals who agreed to be included as well as those of deceased Medal of Honor recipients from the Vietnam War.

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USPS Forget Me Not Stamp 2015, Help Find Missing Children - Missing Children Stamp

Forget Me Not: Missing Children (Forever)
— May 18, 2015 | Anaheim, CA | PSA pane of 20

This public service message stamp features forget-me-nots flowers that are the symbol for International Missing Children's Day. It is intended to make the public more aware of ways they can assist in helping find Missing Children and offer hope to the families of missing children as they continue their search. The issue date, May 25, is National Missing Children's Day and International Missing Children's Day.

Since 1984, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has helped law enforcement recover more than 205,000 missing children. The recovery rate for missing children continues to increase, thanks to greater public awareness, law enforcement training, laws, and technology.


USPS Forget-Me-Not Envelope 2015

Forget Me Not: Missing Children Stamped Envelope (Forever)
— May 18, 2015 | Anaheim, CA | Premium priced PSA #10 envelope with seals

In conjunction with the release of the Forget Me Not stamps, the Postal People also use the same design on a stamped envelope that will be sold in packs of 10, will include matching seals, and will be premium priced for $9.95.


Special Olympics Stamp (Click to larger image)
— May 9, 2015 | Irvine, CA | PSA pane of 20

The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games will be held July 25 to August 2, 2015 in Los Angeles. The 2015 Games will feature competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and many other summer sports involving 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world.

The stamp features the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles logo. The symbolic celebratory figure is placed with a circle to represent acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. The colors are taken from the flags of participating countries.


USPS Water Lilies Stamped Envelopes 2015

Water Lilies Stamped Envelopes
— April 17 | New York, NY | Premium priced PSA #10 envelope with seals

At the ASDA Spring Postage Stamp in New York, the Postal People converted two of the four Water Lilies stamp designs (see March 20 for the stamps) to Forever rate envelopes. They will be sold in packs of 10, will include colorful seals, and will be premium priced for $9.95.


USPS Gifts of Friendship Forever Stamps US and Japan, 2015

Gifts of Friendship Joint Issue with Japan
(Click to see 2 designs, 2 designs, US Sheet, Japan Sheet)
— April 10, 2015 | Washington, DC | See description below for Format

In this USPS and Japan Post joint issue there are two stamp designs for each country, one featuring the dogwood and the other featuring the cherry blossom. The U.S. pane will have four each of the two U.S. designs(Lincoln Memorial and U.S Capitol) and one each of the two Japan designs. The Japan pane will one each of the U.S. and Japan scenic designs (National Diet and Memorial Clock Tower) and two each of three different blossoming flowers designs. All of the stamps on the U.S. pane, including the Japan designs, will be U.S. Forever rate denominated stamps. All of the Japan stamps bear 82 yen denominations.

The issue coincides with the Centennial of President William Howard Taft's gift of 50 flowering dogwood trees to the people of Japan in 1915. Earlier, in 1912, Tokyo gave the city of Washington, D.C., more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees, the centennial of which was celebrated on a 2012 USPS pair.

Click for article: "U.S., Japan, Share Gifts of Friendship Stamps"
[PDF Document]

Click for a Lunar New Year 4-Nation Joint Issue.


Civil War: 1865 (Forever) (Click to see full sheet front, back)
— April 9, 2015 | Appomattox, VA | PSA souvenir sheet of 12

In this final installment in the five-year Civil War series, one of the stamps reproduces the 1895 painting "Peace in Union" by Thomas Nast, depicting Robert E. Lee's surrender. The other, for the Battle of Five Forks, reproduces a painting, circa 1885. This climactic battle and Lee's subsequent surrender took place within 25 miles of each other.

The front and back of the souvenir sheet includes a photo of Federal rifles stacked in the vicinity of Petersburg, Virginia, during the siege as well as comments on the war by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Union General Joshua L. Chamberlain, plus lines parodying the lyrics of the Civil War song, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home."

Maya Angelou Forever Stamp 2015 USPS

Maya Angelou Forever Stamp
(Click to see larger version)
— April 7 | Washington, DC | PSA pane of 12

As an author, poet, actress, and champion of civil rights, Maya Angelou was one of the most dynamic voices in 20th-century American literature. She is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences.

Her book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, an autobiographical account of her childhood, gained wide acclaim for its vivid depiction of African-American life in the South. She also was active in the Civil Rights movement, and, was regarded as a spokesperson for black people and women.

Click for article USPS Honors Maya Angelou [PDF Document]


From Me To You Forever Stamp 2015

From Me to You Letter Writing (Click to see sheet)
— April 1, 2015 | Washington, DC | PSA pane of 20

April is National Letter Writing Month, and San Francisco artist Michael Osborne has created one of the simplest stamp designs ever to encourage folks to write letters to loved ones. The decals and labels around the pane are intended to be used as decorations on the envelope or letter.

 

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Ferns Forever Stamps
(Click to see 5 Fern designs)
— March 27, 2015 | | Kansas City, MO | PSA coils of 3,000 and 10,000

This is a new printing of the March 6, 2014 Forever rate issue, produced by a different printer and using an offset process instead of the previous gravure engraved process. (We show the 2014 image here pending receipt of a 2015 image.) A favorite with gardeners and florists, the approximately 380 different species of ferns found in North America range from tiny moss-like plants to giants as tall as trees. The name of each fern is placed vertically in capital letters along one edge of the stamp.

Designed to be used by businesses, they are being issued in large self-adhesive coils.

Martin Ramirez Forever Stamps (Click to see 5 designs)
— March 26, 2015 | New York, NY | PSA pane of 20

This set of five honors artist Martin Ramirez. Per a 2007 New York Times review of a Folk Art exhibition, in which he was described as “simply one of the greatest artists of the 20th century,” Mexican-born Martin Ramirez came to the U.S. to work on the railroads that were being built in Northern California, was found to suffer from schizophrenia in the 1930s and confined to State Hospitals for the rest of his life. Fortunately, a psychologist and artist, Tarmo Pasto, discovered Ramirez and began to save the large drawings he was making on bits of paper glued together from a paste made of bread or potatoes and saliva.

The issue site is the Ricco/Maresca Gallery, where some of his work is on display.

Other art stamp issues you may be interested in:

Sweden: 1000 Years of Church Art - World Online Philatelic Agency (WOPA)

Van Gogh stamp issues - Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation (IGPC).

USPS Water Lily Forever Stamp, Flower Stamp

Water Lilies (Click to see 4 designs)
— March 20 | Cleveland, OH | PSA double-sided booklet of 20

This set of four stamps features close-ups of classic garden water lilies, based on photos from the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington by Cindy Dyer. Water lilies are aquatic herbs that live in both temperate and tropical climates around the world; they are found in still freshwater habitats. There are more than 50 species in the water lily family and hundreds of hybrids. Their flowers sit at or slightly above the water's surface. Although delicate looking, the flowers are tough, and grow well throughout the U.S.

Water lilies are featured often in the art of the Maya, the ancient Mesoamerican culture. Some of the most well-known paintings of French impressionist Claude Monet were of water lilies; the artist dedicated the last decades of his life to capturing the beauty of the lily pond on his estate in Giverny, France.

Click for or other colorful floral issues from IGPC.


Stars & Stripes Presorted Standard (Click to see 3 designs)
— February 27 | | Grapevine, TX | Pre-sort Standard coil in PSA coils of 3,000 and 10,000

Many business and personal mailers prefer using stamps featuring the American Flag. To meet volume business use, the U.S. Flag theme is played out in a Stars and Stripes issue featuring three stamps that together form elements of a waving flag. The stamps feature wavy red and white stripes, a blue field, and five-pointed stars. Along the bottom of each stamp are the words “USA Presorted Standard.” Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps illustrated by Nancy Stahl.

Bobcat Stamp 2015, USPS, 1 cent

Bobcat 1¢
— February 21 | Mesa, AZ | PSA coil of 10,000

This is a reissue of the stamp that was first issued in 2012. The bobcat traces back to around 1.8 million years ago. Adaptable to many environments,it ranges from southern Canada to northern Mexico, including most of the continental U.S. About twice as large as the domestic cat, it has distinctive black bars on its forelegs and a black-tipped, stubby tail, from which it derives its name.

Though the bobcat prefers rabbits and hares, it will hunt anything from insects and small rodents to deer. It stalks its prey and then ambushes it with a short chase or pounce.

For more animal stamps:
The Manx Ark Rare Breeds Miniature Sheet - Isle of Man Post
Animal Omnibus - Intergovernmental Philatelic Corporation (IGPC)
Australia Native Animals - Australia Post


USPS Vintage Rose Stamp USPS, 2015, Vintage Rose Forever Stamp, Flower Stamp, Love Stamp

Vintage Rose Forever Stamp (Click to see larger image)
— February 14 | Riverside, CA | PSA pane of 20

Not to be confused with the 2015 additions to the Love stamp series, this engraved Vintage Rose stamp is part of the separate, Wedding series. Jeanne Greco created the stylized black-and-white illustration of a rose, with a small pink heart. The artwork features details from an engraved plate from the early 1700s.


USPS Vintage Tulip Stamp 2015, USPS, 70 cents - Flower Stamp, Love Stamp

Vintage Tulip 70¢ (Click to see larger image)
— February 14 | Riverside, CA | PSA pane of 20

Despite being issued on February 14 and incorporating a red heart in the design, the Vintage Tulip stamp is not an addition to the Love series. Instead, it is part of the Postal Services Wedding series.

This 70¢ stamp is intended to be used on the larger Wedding invitation envelope, and the Forever rate Vintage Rose would be used for the enclosed RSVP envelope.

The artwork features details from an engraved plate from the early 1700s. Both stamps will be issued at the APS AmeriStamp show.


Robert Robinson Taylor Forever Stamp 2015 - Black Heritage

Robert Robinson Taylor Forever Stamp - Black Heritage
(Click to see larger image)
— February 12, 2015 | Washington, DC | PSA pane of 20

The 38th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors architect and educator Robert Robinson Taylor (1868–1942). For more than three decades, Taylor supervised the design and construction of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama while also overseeing the school's programs in industrial education and the building trades. He is believed to have been both the first black graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the country's first academically trained black architect. The stamp features a photograph of Taylor taken circa 1890, when he was around 22 years old and a student at MIT.

Click for article "Architectural Pioneer Honored by USPS" [PDF Document]

Click for Canada's Black History stamps.

Year of the Ram Stamp 2015, USPS, Year of the Ram Forever Stamp

Lunar New Year: Year of the Ram Forever Stamp
— February 7 | San Francisco, CA | PSA pane of 12

The Year of the Ram begins on February 19. In time to use for mailing greetings, the Postal Service issues the 2015 stamp in San Francisco.

New York artist Kim Mak once again brings us a design that features a traditional form of celebration, a wooden candy tray, known as the chuen-hop or "Tray of Togetherness." The tray is filled with dried fruits, candies, and other treats to provide a sweet beginning to the New Year. The stamp design incorporates two elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps: the intricate cut-paper design of a ram by artist Clarence Lee, and the Chinese character for "ram," drawn in grass-style calligraphy by the late Lau Bun. The images on the lid of the tray were inspired by a Ming Dynasty cabinet decoration.

Click for Australia's Lunar New Year stamps!


Patriotic Waves Stamp $2 - 2015 USPS

$2 Patriotic Waves Stamp
— January 30 | Norcross, GA | PSA pane of 10 

The first round of high denomination Waves stamps were issued in December 2012.The new, red-white-blue designs are intended to lend a patriotic appearance to packages and other mailings that need extra postage. The $2 Patriotic Waves stamp features red and blue intersecting lines on a white background in an abstract pattern reminiscent of billowing flags. A portion on the lower right side of the stamp provides white space to display the dollar sign and the numeral 2.


USPS Love Hearts Forever Stamps 2015, Love Stamps, Heart Stamps

Love Hearts Forever Stamps
— January 22, 2015| Richmond, VA | PSA pane of 20

These two new Love stamps are intended depict the ancient association between eternal love and the heart. Lacy lettering in the shape of a heart spells out the word 'Forever' on two stamps. Artist Jessica Hische created the lettering that forms the heart, first drawing her designs by hand and then finishing the stamp art digitally.

Click to see Australia Post's, Love is in the Air Stamps for 2015.


Patriotic Wave Stamp $1.00 - 2015 USPS

$1 Patriotic Waves Stamp
— January 12, 2015 | Kansas City, MO | PSA pane of 10 

The first round of high denomination Waves stamps were issued in December 2012.The new, red-white-blue designs are intended to lend a patriotic appearance to packages and other mailings that need extra postage. The $1 Patriotic Waves stamp features red and blue intersecting lines on a white background in an abstract pattern reminiscent of billowing flags. A portion on the lower right side of the stamp provides white space to display the dollar sign and numeral 1.


Bank Swallow Forever Stamped Envelope

Bank Swallow Envelope
— January 12 | Kansas City, MO | Forever Stamped Envelope in various size window and standard format water-activated gum and PSA envelopes

The 2013 Bank Swallow stamped envelopes will be issued using the same design, but with a different manufacturer logo and identification, to reflect the change in ownership of the company that manufactures the envelopes.

The Bank Swallow, the smallest swallow in North America, is pictured on the envelope. Like all swallows, bank swallows are agile songbirds that specialize in catching insects in midair. They use their beaks and feet to dig burrows in sandy banks overlooking lakes and streams.

Click for Cocos (Keeling) Islands Visiting Bird Stamps


Eagle Folk Art Envelope USPS 2015

Folk Art Eagle Envelope
— January 12 | Kansas City, MO | Forever Stamped Envelope in various size window and standard format water-activated gum and PSA envelopes

The 2013 Folk Art Eagle stamped envelopes will be issued using the same design, but with a different manufacturer logo and identification, to reflect the change in ownership of the company that manufactures the envelopes.

Battle of New Orleans Forever Stamp 2015

War of 1812 Forever Stamp
(Click see stamp sheet and press sheet)
— January 8, 2015 | Chalmette, LA | PSA pane of 20

The Postal Service completes its commemoration of the War of 1812 with a stamp that depicts the famous January 8, 1815, 'war-ending' Battle of New Orleans, which took place two weeks after the Treaty of Ghent, which officially ended the war—with neither nation declaring victory—but before news reached the U.S. The victory over the British in New Orleans left Americans with a feeling of victory and made famous the future President, Andrew Jackson. The stamp depicts American troops and artillery repelling British forces from behind a mile-long defensive earthwork known as Jackson's line. A portrait of Andrew Jackson in his military uniform appears on the reverse of the stamp pane.

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2015 Stamp Yearbook and The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps — 42nd Edition

The 2015 Stamp Yearbook and The Postal Service™ Guide to U.S. Stamps — 42nd Edition will soon be available for sale as follows:

n In retail sections at designated Post Office™ locations.

n By mail via the USA Philatelic catalog.

n By telephone at 800-782-6724 (800-STAMP-24).

n Online via The Postal Store® at www.usps.com/shop.

n Online via eBay at www.ebay.com/stamps.

2015 Stamp Yearbook

© 2015. United States Postal Service. All Rights Reserved.

Celebrate the 2015 year in stamps with The 2015 Stamp Yearbook. Distinguished authors, legendary entertainers, historic milestones: the 2015 stamp program reflects those moments and the people that define American life.

The 64-page hardcover stamp yearbook includes:

n 64 stamps from the 2015 collectible program plus mounts.

n Lively stories and smart facts surrounding each stamp subject.

n Historic photographs and beautiful imagery related to each issue.

n Placeholders throughout the book for preserving the stamps.

n Packaging in a protective sleeve.

The 2015 Stamp Yearbook sells for $64.95 (Item #991500). One optional stamp packet can be ordered online from The Postal Store at www.usps.com or eBay at www.ebay.com/stamps, via the USA Philatelic catalog, or by calling 800-782-6724 (800-STAMP-24). The Mail-Use Stamp Packet (Item #991504) contains 50 stamps plus mounts and sells for $27.95. See the current USA Philatelic catalog for stamp yearbook/stamp packet bundled offerings.

The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps - 42nd Edition

© 2015. United States Postal Service. All Rights Reserved.

In an easy-to-use, oversized format, ThePostal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps — 42nd Edition (Item #891500), which sells for $39.95, is just the delivery you’ve been waiting for! This official publication provides the most comprehensive information available about the U.S. stamp program. This classic guide is redesigned for 2015 — offering refreshed content from cover to cover.

Beginning with the first stamps issued in 1847, The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps covers more than 5,000 stamps issued up to the present, and also includes the following:

n A complete redesign transforms the Guide into an attractive and highly functional philatelic reference.

n Extensively researched content replaces prior metadata.

n New copy and art illustrates the Postmasters’ Provisionals of 1845-47.

n A handsome new design and a highly functional format bring new clarity for each stamp listing, and a much improved user experience for collectors.

n The 2015 stamp program is included with first-day-of-issue details.

n The anecdotal narrative introduces each era of the U.S. stamp program.

n It includes a new and expanded resource section, a glossary explaining important philatelic and postal terms, and more.

Initial Supply to Designated Post Offices

Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI) will begin shipping supplies of the 2015 Stamp Yearbook and The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps — 42nd Edition to designated Post Office locations by late October. Quantities sent to each unit are based upon past sales. The new stamp guide and stamp yearbook should be made available for sale upon receipt, but no sooner than the on-sale date of October 23, 2015.

POS ONE offices must reflect stamp yearbooks and stamp guides along with all philatelic products in Retail Floor Stock to ensure inventory detection and accurate replenishment. Failure to do so will trigger additional shipments of unwanted products causing unnecessary accountability inflation.

Offices will receive hang tags for both the Yearbook and the Postal Guide with their initial shipment for placement on slat walls.

Ordering Instructions for All Other Post Offices

Offices not receiving automatic shipments of the 2015 Stamp Yearbook (Item #991500) and The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps — 42nd Edition (Item #891500), can order the books from SFS Web at https://sfsweb.usps.gov. Sales of the stamp yearbook and stamp guide must be reported in AIC 092, Philatelic Product Sales.

2014 Stamp Yearbook

The 2014 Stamp Yearbook can be removed from display once your new 2015 book arrives; however, the 2014 Yearbook may still be sold until officially withdrawn from sale.

The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps — 41st Edition (2014 Edition)

As the 42nd edition of The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps becomes available, Post Offices must withhold all remaining copies of the 41st edition (Item #891400) from sale. Actions should be taken as follows:

n Retail Outlets.Collect remaining copies of the 41st edition of the guide from stamp credits and immediately return them to main stock using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return.

n Post Offices.Consolidate all remaining copies of the 41st edition of the guide, if any, into the unit reserve stock. Prepare all 41st editions of the guide in accordance with procedures established for disposing of obsolete and redeemed stock, and submit according to local district quarterly stamp destruction or return schedules.

— Stamp Services,
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2015 U.S. Stamp Program

Jan. 8, War of 1812: Battle of New Orleans. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 20; CCL; Chalmette, LA 70043; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; Jan. 5, page 12; USPS item No. 589104 (pane), 589116 (FDC at 93¢), 589121 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 589106 (press sheet with die cuts at $49), 589108 (press sheet without die cuts at $49); mount No. 927; Scott 4952.

Jan. 12, Patriotic Waves. One $1 definitive stamp; pane of 10; AP; Kansas City, MO 64144. Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; Jan. 12, page 1; USPS item No. 117404 (pane), 117416 (FDC at $1.44), 117421 (digital color postmark FDC at $2.15), 117406 (press sheet with die cuts at $140), 117408 (press sheet without die cuts at $140); Scott 4953.

Jan. 12, Bank Swallow. One (49¢) forever stamped envelope; 12 envelope formats; AP; Kansas City, MO 64144; Linn’s Jan. 12, page 8; USPS item No. 210098 (variety pack of 12 Bank Swallow and 12 Folk Art Eagle envelopes at $14.88); 210017 (variety pack of FDCs with 12 Bank Swallow and 12 Folk Art Eagle envelopes at $17.76).

Jan. 12, Folk Art Eagle. One (49¢) forever stamped envelope; 12 envelope formats; AP; Kansas City, MO 64144; Linn’s Jan. 12, page 8, USPS item No. 210098 (variety pack of 12 Bank Swallow and 12 Folk Art Eagle envelopes at $14.88); 210017 (variety pack of FDCs with 12 Bank Swallow and 12 Folk Art Eagle envelopes at $17.76).

Jan. 12, Glade Creek Grist Mill. One $5.75 Priority Mail stamped envelope; pack of five, 10 or 25; Kansas City, MO 64144; USPS item No. 213505 (pack of five at $28.75), 213516 (first-day cover at $6.19); Linn’s Feb. 23, page 13; Scott U689.

Jan. 22, Forever Hearts. Two (49¢) special forever stamps: white design on red background (Scott 4955), red design on white background (4956); pane of 20; CCL; Richmond, VA 23232; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; Jan. 19, page 6; USPS item No. 588504 (pane), 588516 (set of two FDCs at $1.86), 588521 (set of two digital color postmark FDCs at $3.28), 588506 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80), 588508 (press sheet without die cuts at $58.80).

Jan. 30, Patriotic Waves. One $2 definitive stamp; pane of 10; AP; Norcross, GA 30071; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; Jan. 26, page 10; USPS item No. 117504 (pane), 117516 (FDC at $2.44), 117521 (digital color postmark FDC at $3.15), 117506 (press sheet with die cuts at $200), 117508 (press sheet without die cuts at $200); Scott 4954.

Feb. 7, Year of the Ram. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 12; SSP; San Francisco, CA 94188; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; Feb. 2, page 10; USPS item No. 588904 (pane), 588916 (FDC at 93¢), 588921 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 588906 (press sheet with die cuts at $70.56), 588908 (press sheet without die cuts at $70.56); Scott 4957.

Feb. 12, Robert Robinson Taylor. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; Black Heritage series; pane of 20; AP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn’s Jan. 12, page 8; Feb. 9, page 10; USPS item No. 472904 (pane), 472916 (FDC at 93¢), 472921 (digital color postmark at $1.64), 472906 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80), 472908 (press sheet without die cuts at $58.80); Scott 4958.

Feb. 14, Vintage Rose. One nondenominated (49¢) special forever stamp; Weddings series; pane of 20; SSP; Riverside, CA 92501; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; Feb. 9, page 12; USPS item No. 587704 (pane), 587716 (FDC at 93¢), 587721 (digital color postmark at $1.64), 587706 (press sheet with die cuts at $117.60), 587708 (press sheet without die cuts at $117.60); Scott 4959.

Feb. 14, Vintage Tulip. One 70¢ 2-ounce rate special stamp; Weddings series; pane of 20; SSP; Riverside, CA 92501; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1, Feb. 9, page 12; USPS item No. 587804 (pane), 587816 (FDC at $1.14), 587821 (digital color postmark at $1.85), 587806 (press sheet with die cuts at $168), 587808 (press sheet without die cuts at $168); Scott 4960.

Feb. 21, Bobcat. One 1¢ stamp; coil of 10,000; AP; Mesa, AZ 85201; Linn’s Dec. 29, 2014, page 12; Feb. 16, page 10; USPS item No. 786904 (coil of 10,000); 786905 (strip of 100); 786916 (FDC at 94¢); Scott 4672a.

Feb. 27, Stars and Stripes. Three nondenominated (10¢) definitive stamps for presorted standard mail: flag stripes at left and stars at right (Scott 4961), stars and one white stripe (4962), stars at left with stripes at right (4963); coils of 3,000 and 10,000; SSP; Grapevine, TX 76051; Linn’s Jan. 12, page 8; Feb. 23, page 10; USPS item No. 783104 (coil of 3,000); 783103 (strip of 25 from coil of 3,000); 783204 (coil of 10,000); 783203 (strip of 25 from coil of 10,000); 783216 (set of three FDCs at $3).

March 20, Water Lilies. Four (49¢) definitive forever stamps: pale pink water lily (Scott 4964), red lily (4965), purple lily (4966), white lily (4967); double-sided pane of 20 (convertible booklet format); SSP; Cleveland, OH 44101; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; March 16, page 6; USPS item No. 689904 (pane), 689916 (FDC set of four at $3.72), 689906 (press sheet with die cuts at $117.60), 689908 (press sheet without die cuts at $117.60).

March 26, Martin Ramirez. Five (49¢) commemorative forever stamps: horse and rider with trees (Scott 4968), man riding donkey (4969), trains on inclined tracks (4970), deer (4971), tunnel with cars and buses (4972); pane of 20; SSP; New York, NY 10199; Linn’s March 23, page 12; USPS item No. 472704 (pane), 472716 (FDC set of five at $4.65), 472706 (press sheet with die cuts at $117.60), 472708 (press sheet without die cuts at $117.60).

March 27, Ferns. Ten (49¢) forever stamps; coils of 3,000 with 2015 year date: Soft Shield Fern (Scott 4973a), Autumn Fern (4974a), Goldie’s Wood Fern (4975a), Painted Fern (4976a), Fortune’s Holly Fern (4977a); and coils of 10,000 with 2014 year date: Soft Shield Fern (Scott 4973), Autumn Fern (4974), Goldie’s Wood Fern (4975), Painted Fern (4976), Fortune’s Holly Fern (4977); SSP; Kansas City, MO 64144; Linn’s, March 9, page 12; March 30, page 12; USPS item No. 786704 (coil of 3,000), 786703 (strip of 25 from coil of 3,000), 786716 (set of five FDCs from coil of 3,000 at $4.65), 777304 (coil of 10,000), 777335 (strip of 25 from coil of 10,000), 777317 (set of five FDCs from coil of 10,000).

April 1, From Me To You. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 20; AP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; March 30, page 10; USPS item No. 473004 (pane), 473016 (FDC at 93¢), 473021 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 473006 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80), 473008 (press sheet without die cuts at $58.80); Scott 4978.

April 7, Maya Angelou. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 12; SSP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn’s March 23, page 8; USPS item No. 472604 (pane), 472616 (FDC at 93¢), 472621 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 472606 (press sheet with die cuts at $47.04), 472608 (press sheet without die cuts at $47.04); Scott 4979.

April 9, Civil War 1865. Two (49¢) commemorative forever stamps: Battle of Five Forks (Scott 4980), Lee’s surrender at Appomattox (4981); double-sided pane of 12, SSP; Appomattox, VA 24522; Linn’s April 6, page 10; USPS item No. 589304 (pane), 589316 (set of two FDCs at $1.86), 589321 (set of two digital color postmark FDCs at $3.28), 589306 (press sheet with die cuts at $35.28), sold out (press sheet without die cuts at $35.28).

April 10, Gifts of Friendship Dogwood and Cherry Blossom. Four (49¢) forever stamps; pane of 12 (five each of two designs, plus one each of two other designs): Lincoln Memorial (Scott 4982), U.S. Capitol (4983), Japanese Diet (4984), Clock Tower (4985); joint issue with Japan; AP; Washington, DC 20090; Linn’s April 6, page 1; USPS item No. 589804 (pane), 589816 (set of four FDCs at $3.72), 589821 (set of four digital color postmark FDCs at $6.56), 589817 (set of two joint FDCs at $5.95), 589806 (press sheet with die cuts at $35.28), sold out (press sheet without die cuts at $35.28), 801211 (Japan half-sheet of four at $2.95), 589822 (Japan canceled half-sheet of four at $5.45).

April 17, Water Lilies. Two nondenominated (49¢) forever stamped envelopes: dark pink flower (Scott U690), white flower (U691); No. 10 size in pack of 10 with seals; AP; New York, NY 10199; Linn’s April 13, page 16; USPS item No. 882101 (pack of 10 at $9.95), 882103 (set of two FDCs at $1.48).

May 9, Special Olympics World Games. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 20; SSP; Irvine, CA 92619; Linn’s May 4, page 8. USPS item No. 472804 (pane), 472816 (FDC at 93¢), 472821 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 472806 (press sheet with die cuts at $39.20), 472808 (press sheet without die cuts at $39.20); Scott 4986.

May 18, Forget-me-not Missing Children. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp, pane of 20; AP; Anaheim, CA 92803. Linn’s May 11, page 1; USPS item No. 473104 (pane), 473116 (FDC at 93¢), 473121 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 473106 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80), 473108 (press sheet without die cuts at $58.80); Scott 4987.

May 18, Forget-me-not Missing Children. One nondenominated (49¢) forever stamped envelope; No. 10 size in pack of 10 with seals; AP; Anaheim, CA 92803; Linn’s May 11, page 1; USPS item No. 882102 (pack of 10 at $9.95), 882104 (FDC at 74¢); Scott U692.

May 25, Medal of Honor: Vietnam War. Three (49¢) commemorative forever stamps; prestige folio of 24; SSP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn’s May 25, page 12; USPS item No. 589704 (pane), 589706 (press sheet with die cuts at $35.28), 589708 (press sheet without die cuts at $35.28), 589716 (set of three FDCs at $2.79), 589721 (set of three digital color postmark FDCs at $4.92); Scott 4988.

June 1, Emperor Penguins. Two (22¢) additional ounce definitive stamps; pane of 20, coil of 100; SSP; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s June 8, page 8; USPS item No. 117704 (pane), 117716 (FDC at $1.15), 117721 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.86), 117706 (press sheet with die cuts at $70), 117708 (press sheet without die cuts at $70), 786204 (coil of 100); Scott 4989 (pane), 4990 (coil).

June 1, Coastal Birds. Eight (35¢) postcard rate definitive stamps: Red Knot (Scott 4991 pane, 4997 coil), King Eider (4992 pane, 4998 coil), Spoonbill (4993 pane, 4995 coil), Frigatebird (4994 pane, 4996 coil); pane of 20, SSP; coil of 100, AP; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s June 8, page 8; USPS item No. 117604 (pane), 117616 (set of four FDCs at $4.56), 117621 (set of four digital color postmark FDCs at $7.40), 117606 (press sheet with die cuts at $70), 117608 (press sheet without die cuts at $70), 783504 (coil of 100).

June 1, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. One (71¢) nonmachineable definitive stamp; Butterfly series; pane of 20; AP; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s June 8, page 8; USPS item No. 117804 (pane), 117816 (FDC at $1.15), 117821 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.86), 117806 (press sheet with die cuts at $85.20), 117808 (press sheet without die cuts at $85.20); Scott 4999.

June 1, Wedding Cake. One (71¢) 2-ounce rate stamp; pane of 20; SSP; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s June 8, page 8; USPS item No. 589604 (pane), 589616 (FDC at $1.15), 589621 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.86); Scott 5000.

June 1, Yes I Do. One (71¢) 2-ounce rate stamp; pane of 20; AP; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s June 8, page 8; USPS item No. 589404 (pane), 589416 (FDC at $1.15), 589421 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.86); Scott 5001.

June 1, Vintage Tulip. One (71¢) 2-ounce rate stamp; pane of 20; SSP; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s June 8, page 8; USPS item No. 589504 (pane), 589516 (FDC at $1.15), 589521 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.86); Scott 5002.

June 5, Flannery O’Connor. One (93¢) 3-ounce rate stamp; pane of 20; AP; McLean, VA 22101; Linn’s June 8, page 11; USPS item No. 118904 (pane), 118916 (FDC at $1.37), 118921 (digital color postmark FDC at $2.08), 118906 (press sheet with die cuts at $111.60), 118908 (press sheet without die cuts at $111.60); Scott 5003.

June 26, Ruddy Ducks. Two $25 federal migratory waterfowl hunting and conservation stamps issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior, water-activated pane of 20 (Scott RW82) and self-adhesive pane of one (Scott RW82A); AP; Memphis, TN; Linn’s June 22, page 23; USPS item No. 335204 (pane of 20), 335304 (pane of one), 335206 (pane of 20 press sheet at $1,950), 335306 (pane of one press sheet at $585).

July 11, Summer Harvest. Four (49¢) definitive forever stamps: watermelons (Scott 5004), sweet corn (5005), cantaloupes (5006) and tomatoes (5007); double-sided pane of 20 (convertible booklet format); AP; Sacramento, CA 95813; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; July 6, page 1; USPS item No. 690004 (pane), 690016 (FDC set of four at $3.72), 690021 (digital color postmark FDC at $6.56), 690006 (press sheet with die cuts at $78.40), 690008 (press sheet without die cuts at $78.40).

July 31, Fanciful Flowers. One (35¢) forever postal card (Scott UX646) and (70¢) double reply postal card (UY53); AP; Clackamas, OR 97015; Linn’s June 22, page 10; July 27, page 10; USPS item No. 222104 (single at 39¢), 228104 (double at 78¢), 228400 (uncut sheet of 40 single cards at $15.60).

Aug. 4, U.S. Coast Guard. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 20; SSP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; Aug. 3, page 1; USPS item No. 473204 (pane), 473216 (FDC at 93¢), 473221 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 473206 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80), 473208 (press sheet without die cuts at $58.80); Scott 5008.

Aug. 12, Elvis Presley. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp, pane of 16; Music Icons series; AP; Memphis, TN 38101; Linn’s June 22, page 1; Aug. 3, page 8; Aug. 10, page 11; USPS item No. 589004 (pane), 589016 (FDC at 93¢), 589021 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 589006 (press sheet with die cuts at $70.56), 589008 (press sheet without die cuts at $70.56); Scott 5009.

Aug. 20, World Stamp Show-NY 2016. Two (49¢) commemorative forever stamps in red (Scott 5010) and blue (5011); pane of 20; AP; Grand Rapids, MI 49599; Linn’s May 11, page 1; Aug. 10, page 1; USPS item No. 589904 (pane), 589916 (set of two FDCs at $1.86), 589921 (set of two digital color postmark FDCs at $3.28), 589906 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80), 589908 (press sheet without die cuts at $58.80).

Aug. 20, Ingrid Bergman. One nondenominated (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 20; Legends of Hollywood series; joint issue with Sweden; SSP; Los Angeles, CA 90052; Linn’s July 13, page 1; Aug. 10, page 12; USPS item No. 473304 (pane), 473316 (FDC at 93¢), 473321 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 473306 (press sheet with die cuts at $88.20), 473308 (press sheet without die cuts at $88.20); Scott 5012.

Sept. 2, Spectrum Eagle. Six nondenominated (25¢) presorted first-class coil stamps: green (Scott 5013), blue green (5014), blue (5015), red violet (5016), brown orange (5017), yellow orange (5018); in a roll of 10,000; AP; Eagleville, MO 64442; Linn’s Sept. 14, page 20; USPS item No. 788531 (strip of 25 at $6.25), 788517 (set of six FDCs for $5.64).

Sept. 9, Neon Celebrate. One nondenominated (49¢) special stamp in a pane of 20; SSP; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s Sept. 28, page 12; USPS item No. 586204 (pane), 586216 (first-day cover at 93¢); Scott 5019.

Sept. 18, Paul Newman. One nondenominated (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; SSP; Cleveland, OH 44101; Linn’s July 27, page 14; Sept. 14, page 21; USPS item No. 473404 (pane), 473416 (FDC at 93¢), 473421 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64) 473406 (press sheet with die cuts at $88.20), 473408 (press sheet without die cuts at $88.20); Scott 5020.

Oct. 1, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Ten nondenominated (49¢) forever stamps: Charlie Brown carrying tree (Scott 5021), Charlie with Pigpen and snowman (5022), Snoopy and four children skating (5023), Charlie with Snoopy and 12 children (5024), Linus kneeling alone with tree (5025), Charlie looking in mailbox (5026), Charlie and Linus behind brick wall (5027), Charlie with Linus and tree (5028), Charlie with Snoopy decorating doghouse (5029), Charlie hanging ornament on tree (5030), in a double-sided pane of 20; SSP; Santa Rosa, CA 95403; Linn’s Sept. 28, page 1; USPS item No. 680204 (pane), 680216 (set of 10 FDCs at $9.30), 680221 (set of 10 digital color postmark FDCs at $16.40), 680206 (press sheet with die cuts at $78.40), 680208 (press sheet without die cuts at $78.40).

Oct. 23, Geometric Snowflakes. Four nondenominated (49¢) forever stamps: purple and lilac (Scott 5031), dark blue and blue (5032), dark green and green (5033), crimson and pink (5034), in a double-sided pane of 20; SSP; New York, NY 10199; Linn’s Oct. 12, page 12; USPS item No. 680404 (pane), 680416 (set of four FDCs at $3.72), 680421 (set of four digital color postmark FDCs at $6.56), 680406 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80), 680408 (press sheet without die cuts at $58.80).

October, Purple Heart. One nondenominated (49¢) forever stamp in a pane of 20; SSP; no issue date or city designated; Linn’s Dec. 21, page 18; Scott 5035.

*Asterisks precede entries with new or changed information. New/changed information is presented in bold italics.

Stamp printing contractors are identified in the listings using the following abbreviations: AP (Ashton Potter USA Ltd.), CCL (CCL Label Inc.) and SSP (Sennett Security Products). Printing contractors for some earlier issues include AV (Avery Dennison), BEP (Bureau of Engraving and Printing), BCA (Banknote Corp. of America), GL (Guilford Gravure), and SS (Sterling Sommer).

Details of each issue listed in this program are given in the cited issues of Linn’s. Stamps are self-adhesive unless otherwise noted.

Mount Nos. refer to the appropriate ScottMount item number.

HOW TO ORDER STAMPS OR COVERS

Mail orders for mint stamps, uncut press sheets, postal stationery, and the Postal Service's uncacheted first-day covers (FDCs) should be sent to Stamp Fulfillment Services, Box 7247, Philadelphia, PA 19101-9014. Postal Service supplied first-day covers are available only in certain formats. They usually cost the face value of the stamps affixed plus 24¢ per cover. The prices of some items, including first-day-canceled stationery, may vary. Orders should use USPS item numbers.

Stamp Fulfillment Services accepts credit card orders by telephone (800-782-6724) or fax (816-545-1212). Orders may be placed from countries other than the United States by calling 816-545-1000. An additional $5.20 shipping fee is added to standard shipping and handling charges for orders to be mailed to a foreign address.

New issues should be ordered no more than two weeks in advance of the date of issue.

Mail, phone or fax orders have a flat service charge of $1.30 for orders up to $50 if they include only prepackaged items, such as the minimum purchase of a block of four sheet stamps or a pane of definitive stamps. A fee of $2.10 is added for custom orders.

A detailed sales catalog called USA Philatelic lists the prepackaged formats. It is free on request from Information Fulfillment, Dept. 6270, U.S. Postal Service, Box 419014, Kansas City, MO 64141-6014. USA Philatelic listings include formats and USPS item numbers other than those listed here.

HOW TO ORDER FIRST-DAY CANCELS

The grace period for collectors to send covers for first-day cancels ends 60 days after a stamp’s issue date, unless stated otherwise in the listing.

Within the grace period, buy the stamp (or stationery item) at your local post office or philatelic center, affix it to an addressed envelope (postage must make up at least the first-class rate) and send under cover to Customer-Affixed Envelopes, Postmaster, (Name of City, State and ZIP code-9991 or the ZIP+4 code given). No remittance is required.

Most collectors use stamped, addressed return carrier envelopes or peelable return address labels that can be removed after the U.S. Postal Service returns the cover.

Plate numbers. Multistamp issues require as a minimum a plate block with every stamp design represented at least once. Plate block formats are listed by Amos Media Co. in the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers.

Stamp Fulfillment Services requires the purchase of a minimum number of stamps to obtain plate number markings. For stamps with face values of 1¢ to 50¢ the minimum purchase is a full pane.

For stamps with face values of 51¢ to $1.20 the minimum purchase is either a full pane or block per the catalog listing. For stamps with face values of $1.21 and up the minimum purchase is a block of four stamps. Plate numbers on most coil stamps may be obtained with a minimum purchase of 25 stamps. Stamp Fulfillment Services does not guarantee specific plate numbers.

If you collect U.S. new issues, you should own Linn’s U.S. Stamp Yearbooks. The 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2010 yearbooks are sold individually. The 1989, 2007, 2008 and 2009 yearbooks are sold out. For additional information, or to order, visit www.amosadvantage.com, or telephone Amos Media Co. at 800-572-6885.


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Operation Cornflakes - S3E16

Forever Stamps: What They Are and How They Work

Forever Stamps are first-class stamps issued by the United States Postal Service. What makes them special is that they are non-denominational, which means you can buy them at the current first-class postage rate, and they remain valid even if that rate rises in the future.

So if you buy a Forever Stamp at $0.55 per stamp and the first-class postage rate rises to $0.60 per stamp, you save $0.05 for every letter you send.

The first Forever Stamps were issued by the United States Postal Service in 2007. By 2011, almost all stamps sold by the USPS became Forever Stamps. Today, you can only buy first-class stamps with their value stamped on them if you purchase bulk coils of at least 500 stamps.

The change to first-class stamps is generally good news for people who enter mail-in sweepstakes. If you assume postal rates will always rise and never sink, then Forever Stamps are a good investment. And there's good reason to make that assumption. According to a Wikipedia article on the history of US postage rates, the prices generally rise.

There have been only two times that the postage rate has fallen in the past century or so: in 1919 when the cost of mailing an envelope dropped from three to two cents, and in April of 2016 when the USPS dropped their first-class postal rate from $0.49 to $0.47 for a standard letter. However, that rate drop didn't last long; the prices rose again in January of 2017, going back to $0.49 per stamp.

How US Stamp Rates Work

The United States Postal Service isn't allowed to set the price of stamps at any value they want. In fact, the Postal Service lost a lawsuit over theirlargest-ever rate hike, which took place in 2019.

US stamp rates are roughly tied to inflation. When inflation rises, the US Postal Service can request an increase in stamp rates from the Postal Regulatory Commission, with oversight from Congress.

This process generally results in a price increase of a few cents every year or couple of years. As long as inflation rises, stamps will get more expensive.

So does that mean you should buy a ton of stamps right now? Not necessarily. The Postal Service announces its rate hikes before they go into effect. So you can wait to see what the Post Office does before you make a purchase.

What Forever Stamps Are Worth

Forever stamps don't have a dollar amount printed on them. Instead, they're worth whatever the first-class postage rate for a one-ounce envelope is on any given day. To find out what that amount is, check the USPS website for the current first-class postage rate.

This means that you can send a letter — or a sweepstakes entry — with a Forever Stamp today, tomorrow, next year, five years from now, no matter what the current stamp cost is.

How Forever Stamps Work

Forever Stamps are easy to use. Simply buy stamps at the current first-class rate and you don't have to worry about how much sending a standard letter costs. Stick a Forever Stamp on your #10 (or other standard-sized) envelope, drop your letter in the mailbox, and voila, you're done.

You can use more than one Forever Stamp if you need to send a package or a letter that weighs more than an ounce.

Each stamp is worth the current first-class rate (not what you paid for them). So if you paid $0.49 and the rate rises to $0.50, you can put two Forever Stamps on a package to get $1.00 worth of postage.

You can also use Forever Stamps to send letters internationally. All you'll need to do is to calculate the rate of your international letter or package and divide that amount by the current first-class postage rate to determine how many Forever Stamps you'll need to cover the price.

Be aware that you might save money by getting the exact postage you need at the post office or on the USPS website rather than using only Forever Stamps. For example, if a Forever Stamp is currently worth $0.55 and you need $0.60 worth of stamps, you'd lose $0.50 if you use two Forever Stamps.

Tip: Forever Stamps Don't Last Forever

Be careful with your Forever Stamps! Although their value is eternal, the physical stamp is not. Automatic sorting machines can reject stamps that are torn, damaged, or unreadable. They may also reject stamps that have been taped or glued to the envelope.

If you have a stamp that's damaged or has lost its stickiness, bring it to your local post office to see if they can exchange it for you. But try to avoid problems by keeping your Forever Stamps stored flat in a safe, dry location.

The Forever Stamp Program's Success Is a Win for Everyone

The Forever Stamp was so successful for the USPS that in 2011, they started using Forever Stamps for almost all first-class stamps. In 2015, the postal service extended the Forever Stamp concept to postcards and more.

Why? According to a 2015 notice from the Postal Service, the Forever Stamps eliminate "the need for customers and the Postal Service to acquire and distribute new denominated stamps in anticipation of price changes affecting these stamp types, each time a price change occurs."

The Postal Service saves money when they don't have to collect and destroy outdated stamps. And customers are spared the inconvenience of having to buy stamps worth just a few cents in order to be able to use their old stamps when prices rise.

Why Forever Stamps Are Great for Entering Sweepstakes

If you enter mail-in sweepstakes, buying Forever Stamps can protect you from rising postage stamp costs.

For example, mailing an envelope with your entry form in it today might cost you $0.55. In the future, sending the same letter could cost you $0.60 or more. That's only a few cents per stamp, but when you send dozens, or even hundreds, of sweepstakes entries every month, those cents add up.

Stocking up on Forever Stamps now means that you won't overspend on your sweepstakes entries... as long as postage costs keep rising. If you think that postage rates will fall in the future, buying a Forever Stamp now is not a good decision.

Where to Buy Forever Stamps

U.S. Forever Stamps can be purchased from the United States Postal Service at your local post office, online, or by telephone. Many other stores, like grocery stores and gift shops, also carry the stamps.

For people who live in other regions, the Canadian Post offers a similar product, the Permanent Stamp. Many European countries also have versions of the Forever Stamp. Contact your local post office for more details.

How to Save Money on Forever Stamps

If you're looking for a bargain on stamps, some creativity can get your stamps at lower prices. Try searching for stamp sales on eBay, for example. Just be sure to avoid counterfeit stamps.

You can then increase your savings by using cashback deals from your credit card, from an online site like eBates, or from eBay Bucks. Sometimes club stores like Costco offer small discounts on Forever Stamps. You can also try to win a gift card to stores like Staples which sell stamps.

Using these methods, you can bring your cost of entering mail-in sweepstakes down even farther.

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Postal Service Extends Convenience of Forever Stamps

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WASHINGTON — The Forever Stamp — good for mailing 1-ounce First-Class letters anytime into the future — regardless of price changes — has been well received by customers. The Postal Service is now extending this convenience to customers needing stamps for mailing items weighing more than 1-ounce as well as for postcards and bulky or odd sized envelopes which require hand sorting.

The new “additional-ounce” Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category printed on them at the time of use. Customers purchasing these Forever stamps can easily determine their use by the descriptions on the stamps:  ADDITIONAL OUNCE, POSTCARD, NON-MACHINABLE SURCHARGE, TWO OUNCE and THREE OUNCE.


Penguins Additional Ounce
This additional ounce stamp pays tribute to the majestic emperor penguin (Aptenodytesforsteri). Largest of the penguin species, the emperor stands over 3 feet tall and can weigh more than 80 pounds. Emperor penguins dive beyond 1,500 feet — deeper than any other bird. The stamp art is a stylized drawing of a pair of emperor penguins on a cool green background. The pop of orange and yellow on the birds’ beaks and ear patches lends a regal look to the aptly named emperors. Art director Carl Herrman of Carlsbad, CA, designed the stamp, illustrated by Nancy Stahl of New York City. The words “ADDITIONAL OUNCE” on this stamp indicate its usage value. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category at the time of use. The initial price and value for this stamp is 22 cents, effective May 31.


Coastal Birds Postcard
With the release of the Coastal Birds postcard stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates four eye-catching birds: the red knot (Calidris canutus), king eider (Somateria spectabilis), roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), and magnificent frigatebird (Fregata magnificens). The stamps feature highly stylized, digital portraits of each bird. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category printed on them at the time of use. The initial price and value for these stamps is 35 cents. The Coastal Birds stamps feature the art of illustrator Tyler Lang of Portland, OR. Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, was the art director.

The word “POSTCARD” on the stamps indicates the usage value. The postcard price is effective May 31.


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Non-machineable
The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the Eastern tiger swallowtail on its fifth butterfly stamp issuance for greeting card envelopes that require additional postage. The stamp art is a colorful, highly stylized depiction of the butterfly. The words “NON-MACHINEABLE SURCHARGE” on the stamp indicate its usage value. Non-machinable items require sorting by hand. This stamp also may be used for mailing items weighing up to 2-ounces.

These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category printed on them, at the time of use. The initial price and value for this stamp is 71 cents, effective May 31. Named for the black “tiger” stripes along the upper surfaces of its wings, the Eastern tiger swallowtail is easily spotted. Abundant from southern New England to Florida and west to the Great Plains and central Texas, the Eastern tiger swallowtail is a frequent visitor to gardens, woodlands, and riverbeds. Tom Engeman of Frederick, MD, was the artist. Art director Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, designed the stamp.


Vintage Tulip 2-ounce
In 2015, the Postal Service issues Vintage Tulip, an all-occasion stamp available to accommodate the weight of heavy invitations for weddings and other celebrations, greeting cards, and mailings such as small gifts that require extra postage. The words “TWO OUNCE” on this stamp indicate its usage value. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category printed on them, at the time of use. The initial price and value for this stamp is 71 cents effective May 31. The stamp art features an elaborate floral line drawing of a tulip similar to the design of the 2015 Vintage Rose Forever stamp. Jeanne Greco designed these stamps using details from drawings originally created by naturalist artist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717). A small, deep crimson heart on both stamps adds a dash of color to the designs and makes them a natural pair. These stamps were printed using the intaglio printing technique. Vintage Tulip and Vintage Rose are the latest additions to the popular Weddings series. Greg Breeding was the art director.


Wedding Cake 2-ounce
The Wedding Cake issuance, introduced in 2009 and sold at the two-ounce stamp price, accommodates the heavier weight of an invitation, as well as other mailings such as oversize cards or small gifts that require extra postage. The stamp art features a photograph taken by Renée Comet of Washington, DC, of a three-tiered wedding cake topped with white flowers. Pastry chef Peter Brett of Washington, DC, created and designed the cake. The words “TWO OUNCE” on the stamp indicate its usage value. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category printed on them, at the time of use. The initial price and value for this stamp is 71 cents effective May 31. Art director Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, MD, designed the stamp.


Yes, I Do 2-ounce
The Weddings series’ Yes, I Do stamp, issued in 2013, accommodates the heavier weight of an invitation, as well as other mailings such as oversized cards or small gifts that require extra postage. The stamp highlights the words “Yes, I Do” nestled in a bouquet of flowers in the shape of a heart on a white background. A similarly designed companion stamp, Where Dreams Blossom — a Foreverstamp first issued in 2013 — is available for response cards, save-the-date notices, thank-you notes, and other correspondence. The stamp artwork was designed by Michael Osborne of Palo Alto, CA, under the direction of Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, MD. The words “TWO OUNCE” on this stamp indicate its usage value. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category printed on them, at the time of use. The initial price and value for this stamp is 71 cents effective May 31.


Literary Arts: Flannery O’Connor 3 Ounce
The 30th stamp in the Literary Arts series honors Flannery O’Connor (1925–1964), who crafted unsettling and darkly comic stories and novels about the potential for enlightenment and grace in what seem like the worst possible moments. The color portrait on this stamp, a watercolor painting completed digitally, is based on a black-and-white photograph taken when O’Connor was a student at the Georgia State College for Women from 1942 to 1945. Surrounding O’Connor are peacock feathers, a symbol often associated with the author. The words “THREE OUNCE” on this stamp indicate its usage value. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category printed on them, at the time of use. The 93 cent Forever stamp will be issued June 5 in McLean, VA, at the NAPEX Stamp Show. Art director Phil Jordan of Falls Church, VA, designed the stamp with artwork by Sam Weber of Brooklyn, NY.

Customers may purchase the stamps at the Postal Storeorby calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), or can visit ebay.com/stamps to shop for a wide variety of postage stamps and collectibles.

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

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Year of the Ram Forever Stamp Celebrates Lunar New Year

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Year of the Ram Forever Stamp
 

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SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Postal Service welcomes the Year of the Ram today by issuing the eighth of 12 stamps in its Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Forever stamp took place today at the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco.

The series will continue through 2019 with Forever stamps for the Year of the Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar. Year of the Ram is being issued as a souvenir sheet of 12 self-adhesive stamps.

“The Lunar New Year is an inspirational time to highlight our shared prosperity and reaffirm our City’s commitment to ensuring that everyone can share in the success of San Francisco,” said Mayor Lee. “I would like to thank the U.S. Postal Service for choosing our diverse and world class City to dedicate the Year of the Ram Forever stamp.”

Joining Lee in dedicating the stamp were San Francisco Postmaster Raj Sanghera; Organization of Chinese-Americans Past National President Claudine Cheng; Chinese Chamber of Commerce Supervisory Board President Eddir Au; Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association President Song Ning Ma; Organization of Chinese-Americans Acting Chief Executive Officer Ken Lee and stamp artist Kam Mak.

“For millions of people around the world, Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays of the year,” said Postmaster Sanghera. “In my opinion, the Year of the Ram Commemorative Forever stamp is one of the most beautifully designed, colorful, festive and majestic stamps ever issued by the Postal Service.  Starting today, this lovely illustration will be carried on letters and packages to millions of households and businesses throughout America. As you use them, we hope that the ‘Year of the Ram’ brings each of you good health, great joy and boundless prosperity.”

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

Art director Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, MD, worked on the series with illustrator Kam Mak, an artist who grew up in New York City’s Chinatown and now lives in Brooklyn. The artwork focuses on some of the common ways the Lunar New Year holiday is celebrated. For the Year of the Ram, (Feb. 19, 2015 – Feb. 7, 2016), the illustration — originally created using oil paints on panel — depicts a wooden candy tray known as a chuen-hop or Tray of Togetherness. The tray is filled with dried fruits, candies, and other treats to provide a sweet beginning to the New Year.

The ram, alternately referred to as a sheep or a goat, is one of 12 animals associated with the Chinese lunar calendar. According to an old legend, the animals raced across a river to determine their order in the cycle. The rat crossed by riding on the back of the ox, jumping ahead at the last minute to win the race. Next came the ox, then the tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake and horse, followed by the ram in eighth place.

People born in the year of a particular animal are said to share characteristics with that animal. Individuals born during the Year of the Ram are said to be shy, creative and wise.

As 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. Images associated with some of these widespread customs are depicted in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series.

In the United States and elsewhere, the occasion is marked in various ways across many cultures; parades featuring enormous and vibrantly painted papier-mâché dragons, parties, and other special events are common. Many families set out a candy tray known as the chuen-hop or Tray of Togetherness like the one depicted in the stamp art to provide guests with an assortment of dried fruits and candies for a sweet beginning to the new year. Drums are played to celebrate this time of renewed hope for the future, with drumsticks sometimes painted red for luck. Firecrackers are set off to ward off evil spirits. Red envelopes (hong bao) containing money are given as gifts to children and loved ones.

The U.S. Postal Service introduced its Celebrating Lunar New Year series in 2008 with the Year of the Rat stamp. The Year of the Ram is being issued as a Forever stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Customers may purchase the stamps at usps.com/stamps, the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide or visit ebay.com/stamps to shop for a wide variety of postage stamps and collectibles.

Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Postmarks
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others, and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Lunar New Year: Year of the Ram Stamp
Attention: Station Manager
Chinatown Station
867 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA 94108-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers are charged 5 cents each. All orders must be postmarked by March 31, 2015.

Ordering First-Day Covers
The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO  64121-9014

 

 

Philatelic Products
There are 11 philatelic products for this stamp issue:

Year of the Ram Framed Stamp
588924, Framed Art , $39.95.

Year of the Ram Ceremony Program
588930, Ceremony Program , $6.95.

Year of the Ram Press Sheet (with die-cuts)

588906, Press Sheet with Die cut , $70.56, (print quantity 500).
588908, Press Sheet without Die cut , $70.56 (print quantity 500).
Year of the Ram DCP Keepsake
588910, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (2 Sheets of stamps, 1 DCP), $13.95.
Year of the Ram First Day Cover
588916, First-Day Cover , $0.93.

588918, First-Day Cover (Full Pane), $8.38.
588919, First-Day Cover Cancelled Full Pane, $8.38.
Year of the Ram Digital Color Postmark
588921, Digital Color Postmark , $1.64.
588931, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.
588932, Stamp Deck Card with Digital Color Postmark, $1.99.

Many of this year’s other stamps may be viewed on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, via Twitter @USPSstamps.

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

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Please Note: For broadcast quality video and audio, photo stills and other media resources, visit the USPS Newsroom at about.usps.com/news/welcome.htm. A complete list of the holiday shipping deadlines can be found at usps.com/holidaynews.

For reporters interested in speaking with a regional Postal Service public relations professional, please go to about.usps.com/news/media-contacts/usps-local-media-contacts.pdf. Follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/usps), Instagram (instagram.com/uspostalservice), Pinterest (pinterest.com/uspsstamps), LinkedIn (linkedin.com/company/usps), subscribe to our channel on YouTube (youtube.com/usps), like us on Facebook (facebook.com/usps) and view our Postal Postsblog (uspsblog.com).

For more information about the Postal Service, visit usps.com and usps.com/postalfacts.

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