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2015 USPS New Issues Calendar

The following stamp list is in two parts. The first section gives information on those stamps that have been issued, with the most recent issue at the top. The second section gives future issues, in approximate chronological order as they are expected to be issued. As stamps are announced, we also provide first day request addresses and deadlines as part of our First Day Covers 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: 2014 New Issues 2013 New Issues 2012 New Issues 2011 New Issues and 2010 New Issues

Issued Stamps 2015

 

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


Vintage Rose Stamp USPS, 2015, Vintage Rose Forever 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.


Vintage Tulip Stamp 2015, USPS, 70 cents

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.


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.


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.

Coming Issues 2015

 


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.

Waterlilies Forever Stamp (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.

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:

Swedish art issues from WOPA.

Van Gogh stamp issues from IGPC.

USPS Painted Fern Stamp

Ferns (Forever 49¢) Denominated First Class Rate
(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.


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."


USPS Gifts of Friendship Forever Stamps US and Japan, 2015

Gifts of Friendship Joint Issue with Japan
(Click to see 2 designs)

— April 10, 2015 | Site TBD | See description below for Format

Gifts of Friendship Joint Issue with Japan 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 and one each of the two Japan designs. The Japan pane will have four each of the two Japan designs and one each of the two U.S. designs. All of the stamps on the U.S. pane, including the Japan designs, will be U.S. Forever rate denominated stamps.

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.


Special Olympics Stamp (Click to larger image)
— April __, 2015 | Site & Format TBD

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.

United States Coast Guard Forever Stamp 2015

Coast Guard Forever Stamp (Click to see larger image)
— April __ | New London, CT (perhaps at the Coast Guard Academy) | 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.

Click for Australia's Clipper Ships!


From Me To You Forever Stamp 2015

From Me to You Letter Writing (Click to see sheet)
— April __, 2015 | Date & site TBD | 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.

 


USPS Forget Me Not Stamp 2015, Help Find Missing Children

Forget Me Not: Missing Children (Forever)
— May 25, 2015 | Date, Site & Format TBD

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 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, WW I and WW II, 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.


Summer Harvest Stamp 2015, Sweet Corn Forever Stamp 2015

Summer Harvest Forever Stamps (Click to see 4 designs)
— June __, 2015 | Date & site TBD | 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.


Maya Angelou (Forever)
Stamp image coming soon!

Maya Angelou (Forever)
— Date, Site & Format TBD

The U.S. Postal Service has announced that a Forever stamp will be issued this year to honor Maya Angelou. In making the announcement, Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan said, "Maya Angelou inspired our nation through a life of advocacy and through her many contributions to the written and spoken word. Her wide-ranging achievements as a playwright, poet, memoirist, educator, and advocate for justice and equality enhanced our culture."

 

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