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2017 USPS New Issues Calendar

No dates have been released for these 2017 issues. As details are announced, we will provide them here and as part of our First Day Covers deadlines and addresses information page. 

TBD = To Be Determined;  PSA = Pressure-sensitive Adhesive;  Forever stamps are always equal to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Stamp Issues from previous years: 2016 New Issues 2015 New Issues 2014 New Issues 2013 New Issues 2012 New Issues 2011 New Issues and 2010 New Issues

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Future Stamp Issues for 2017


USPS John F. Kennedy Stamp 2017

John F. Kennedy Forever Stamp
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This stamp commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of John F. Kennedy. Born May 29, 1917, Kennedy was the 35th and youngest President of the United States. During his administration, cut short by his assassination on November 22, 1963, he presided over such events as the Cuban Missile Crisis, Bay of Pigs Invasion, passing of a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and the establishment of the Peace Corps. His service to his country included World War II, during which he earned the   Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism and the  Purple Heart for injuries; and terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. More than 50 years after his death he is still regarded as one of the most popular American Presidents.

USPS African American Museum Stamp 2017

African American Museum Forever Stamp
— Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD

This stamp celebrates the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is the 19th Smithsonian museum and the only national museum devoted exclusively to African-American life, art, history and culture. The movement for such a museum dates back to the 1920s, but resistance in Congress and within the Smithsonian's Board of Regents stymied efforts until it was authorized by Congress in 2003. Opening on September 24, 2016, it is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Among the more than 33,000 objects in the Museum Collection are many artifacts related to honorees on USPS stamps for African Americans, including 1985 Black Heritage honoree Mary McLeod Bethune, who served on an unsuccessful Presidential Commission under Herbert Hoover to create a Museum in 1929.

USPS Father Theodore Hesburgh stamp 2017

Father Theodore Hesburgh Forever Stamp
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This stamp commemorates the birth centennial on May 25, 1917 of Theodore M. Hesburgh. The stamp features an oil-on-panel painting of Father Hesburgh standing on the University of Notre Dame campus, where he served as president for 35 years. Beyond his leadership of Notre Dame, Father Hesburgh served his nation as a long-time member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Starting in 1957, he helped compile reports on racial discrimination and the denial of voting rights that resulted in the Omnibus Civil Rights Act of 1964. A champion of causes ranging from education to immigration reform to the plight of underdeveloped nations, Father Hesburgh worked with many important organizations to advance the cause of human rights. True to his calling, while disagreeing with American involvement in Vietnam he also assisted the Nixon administration in peacefully controlling anti-war violence on college campuses.

USPS Shark stamps 2017

Sharks Forever Stamp
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— Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD

This set of five stamps features realistic images of five species that inhabit American waters: mako shark, represented by a shortfin mako; thresher shark, on the stamp a pelagic thresher; great white shark; whale shark; and hammerhead shark, on the stamp a scalloped hammerhead. One of the most feared of all living creatures, sharks are widely used in popular media, one of the most prominent ever being the 1975 film, Jaws. Despite popular portrayals, out of more than 470 species, only four have been involved in a significant number of fatal, unprovoked attacks on humans. The only one depicted on any of the new stamps is the great white shark.

USPS Delicioso stamps 2017 - Sancocho stamp

Delicioso Forever Stamp
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— Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD

With the release of these six new "Delicioso" stamps, the Postal Service highlights the influence of Central and South American, Mexican and Caribbean foods on American cuisine. The stamps depict, in a bright, colorful way tamales, flan, sancocho, empanadas, chile relleno and ceviche, with the name of each dish appearing in a festive font above each image. The culinary traditions represented on these stamps were brought to the United States by immigrants coming into the country as well as by American tourists visiting the nations of origin. Once here, they have become staples in the diets of many Americans eating at home or dining out at the growing number of restaurants serving or specializing in these cuisines.

USPS WPA Poster stamps 2017, See America - Welcome to Montana WPA Poster

WPA Posters Forever Stamp
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— Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD

These ten WPA Posters stamps remind us of how Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration in the New Deal era endeavored to bring the nation out of the depths of the Great Depression. The posters of the Work Projects Administration were utilitarian artworks created by the Poster Division of the WPA Federal Art Project that were conceived and printed in workshops across the United States under the broad-reaching WPA program that provided millions of jobs during the Great Depression. Formed in 1935 as the Works Progress Administration and renamed the Work Projects Administration in 1939, the WPA lasted until 1943. Many New Deal agencies, legislation, and accomplishments have been honored on United States stamps going as far back as the 1933 National Recovery Act stamp.

USPS Seashell stamp 2017

Seashells Postcard Stamp
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— Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD

\Whether used as jewelry, decorative displays or simply “listening to the ocean” while walking along the beach, Americans exhibit a fascination with seashells. Four new postcard rate Forever stamps now highlight the wonder of seashells, which are the  hard, protective outer layer created by an animal that lived in the sea. Each stamp depicts a shell found in North American waters: Depicted left to right in the strip of four stamps illustrated here are the Queen conch, commonly known as the pink conch, the Pacific calico scallop, the alphabet cone, and the zebra nerite. Each stamp depicts a highly stylized artistic view of the shells. Horizontal swaths of white and blue in the background suggest waves washing the shells onto a beach. 

USPS Flowers from the Garden stamps 2017

Flowers From The Garden Forever Stamp
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— Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD

Like the plants that appear in gardens and in the wild, each year the Postal People make sure we have new stamps depicting flowers and other plants. The latest edition features four artistic renditions of flowers that come from typical American gardens. One stamp features red camellias and yellow forsythia in a yellow pitcher, while on another there are white peonies and pink tree peonies in a clear vase. An arrangement of white hydrangeas, white and pink roses, green hypericum berries, and purple lisianthus in a white vase graces another stamp, while blue hydrangeas in a blue pot appear on another. The stamps use existing art that had been created by American artist Elizabeth Brandon.

USPS Love stamp 2017, Skywriting Love stamp

Love Skywriting (Love series) Forever Stamp
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This stamp is a continuation of the Postal Service tradition of creating stamps that celebrate love. The first such stamp, issued in 1973, used as the basis for its design Robert Indiana's pop art "LOVE" sculpture. The 2017 Love Skywriting stamp is intended to add a romantic touch to letters and cards, not only on Valentine's Day, but year-round. As described by the Postal People, “the stamp depicts the word ‘Love' written in white cursive script against a blue sky studded with wispy clouds. Underlining the word is a decorative swirl of smoke. A small, stylized plane, dwarfed by the giant letters, completes the end of the swirl, with smoke trailing from its tail.”  


USPS Year of the Rooster stamp, 2017

Year of the Rooster Forever Stamp (Celebrating Lunar New Year series) 
— Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD

The Year of the Rooster stamp is the 10th of 12 stamps in the current Celebrating Lunar New Year cycle. Compared to the design of most previous stamps in this current stamp series, the animal is pictured prominently, in the form of a rooster emblazoned on a red envelope. Parents present red envelopes containing money to children and loved ones during Lunar New Year celebrations. The color red symbolizes luck in Chinese culture, while rooster imagery is often used to ward off evil spirits. 

The Year of the Rooster begins January 28, 2017 and ends February 15, 2018. In popular Chinese culture, people born in the Year of the Rooster, among other traits, symbolize fidelity and punctuality—the rooster being known for waking up people regularly and on time.  


USPS - US Flag stamp 2017

U.S. Flag Forever Stamp
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With this new U.S. Flag stamp, the Postal Service continues its tradition of celebrating patriotism with one of the most recognizable symbols of the United States. The flag, in various forms has been pictured on U.S. stamps going as far back as the 30 cents 1869 Pictorial issue. In the modern era, the U.S. Postal Service makes sure that a Flag stamp is always available to mailers. This stamp's design features a detail from a photograph of the billowing Stars and Stripes. 


USPS Uncle Sam's Hat stamp 2017

Uncle Sam's Hat Additional Ounce Forever Stamp
— Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD

With the release of Uncle Sam's Hat in 2017, the Postal Service employs one of America's most popular patriotic characters. Known especially for his large top hat decorated in varying patterns of stars and stripes, Uncle Sam has symbolized the American spirit for more than 150 years. The stamp features eight “Uncle Sam” style top hats. Beneath each hat, the oval shapes in differing shades are meant to suggest the ethnic and racial diversity of the United States. A 1998 stamp depicted another version of Uncle Sam's Hat for the “H” First Class Rate stamp. On this 2017 stamp “Additional Ounce” indicates that the stamp will always be valid for that rate. 


USPS California Dogface Butterfly stamp 2017

California Dogface Butterfly Non-machineable Surcharge Stamp
— Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD

The California dogface is used for the seventh non-machineable butterfly stamp, for use on irregularly sized envelopes, such as square greeting cards, invitations or announcements. The stamp is a highly stylized, simplified image of a California dogface—named for the forewing markings of the male butterfly, which bear a pattern that resembles a poodle head in profile. Greeting card envelopes that are printed with a silhouette of a butterfly indicate the need for additional postage or the use of a butterfly stamp.  


USPS Barn Swallow envelope 2017

Barn Swallow Stamped Envelope
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— Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD

The Postal Service celebrates a favorite backyard bird on this Barn Swallow stamped envelope. It features a large illustration of a barn swallow perching and a smaller illustration above it, showing the bird in flight. The barn swallow originally nested in caves. As man-made structures began to cover the North American landscape, barn swallows adapted by building their mud nests under the eaves of barns, houses and bridges. Barn swallows are acrobatic flyers, and a single bird can catch and consume thousands of insects in one day.

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