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2022 USPS New Stamp Issues Program

All are First Class Forever Rate stamps unless indicated.

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

Stamp Issues: 2021 New Issues 2020 New Issues 2019 New Issues 2018 New Issues 2017 New Issues 2016 New Issues 2015 New Issues 2014 New Issues 2013 New Issues 2012 New Issues 2011 New Issues and 2010 New Issues

Future Stamp Issues 2022

 


USPS - Blueberries Stamp, 4 cents, 2022

Blueberries 4¢ Stamp
January 9 | Blue Hill, ME | Panes of 20 and Coils of 3,000 and 10,000
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The new 4-cent Blueberries stamp features a pen, ink and watercolor illustration of a cluster of blueberries and leaves. Blueberries will join other similarly designed low-denomination stamps: 1-cent Apples, 2-cent Meyer Lemons, 3-cent Strawberries, 5-cent Grapes and 10-cent Pears. 




US Flags Forever Stamp
January 9 | Findlay, OH | Panes of 20, booklets of 20, and coils of 100, 3,000 and 10,000
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The latest U.S. flag stamp art is a painting of three flags in a circular formation, reminiscent of the 50 flags encircling the Washington Monument. The artist used three photographs of the same flag taken seconds apart as reference and stitched together the images into a single composition. Findlay was officially recognized as "Flag City, USA" on May 7, 1974.


USPS - Love Flowers Stamp, 2022


Love Flowers Forever Stamps
January 14 | Romeo, MI | 2 designs in panes of 20
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The two new Love stamps celebrate the joy that flowers bring. Inspired by old European folk art, the stamps feature digital illustrations with similar designs: three round, stylized blooms ranging symmetrically along the top, with smaller round blossoms in each of the lower corners. Twisting vines, which hold small multi-petaled flowers, form abstract heart shapes. The letters of the word “LOVE” are interspersed among the decorative vines.

The Postal People remind us that, while the stamps are being issued in advance for use on Valentine’s greetings, the Love theme can be applied all year round.

The town was named Romeo because the founders wanted something romantic. On February 14 of each year, the village of Romeo offers a special dual postmark with the community of Juliette, Georgia.

 

USPS - Lunar New Year, Year of the Tiger Stamp, 2022

Lunar New Year, Year of the Tiger Forever Stamp
January 20 | New York, NY | PSA Pane of 20
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The third of 12 stamps in the latest Lunar New Year stamp series celebrates the Year of the Tiger. Calling to mind the elaborately decorated masks used in the dragon or lion dances often performed in Lunar New Year parades, this three-dimensional mask depicting a tiger is a contemporary take on the long tradition of paper-cut folk art crafts created during this auspicious time of year. The tiger mask design incorporates colors and patterns symbolic to the holiday.

The tiger is the third of the 12 zodiac animal signs associated with the Chinese lunar calendar. As with other zodiac signs, personality traits and other attributes are often associated with people born in the year of a particular animal. Those born during the Year of the Tiger may be seen as brave, confident and well-liked by others. Blue, orange and gray are lucky colors for Tigers, and yellow lilies and cineraria flowers may also bring good luck.


USPS - Black Heritage, Edmonia Lewis, 2022


Black Heritage, Edmonia Lewis Forever Stamp
January 26 | Washington, DC | PSA Pane of 20
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The 45th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors sculptor Edmonia Lewis (circa 1844-1907). As the first African American and Native American sculptor to achieve international recognition, Lewis challenged social barriers and assumptions about artists in mid-19th century America. The stamp art is a casein-on-wood portrait of Lewis, based on a photograph taken in Boston between 1864 and 1871.


USPS - Butterfly Garden Flowers, 2022


Butterfly Garden Flowers Nondenominated Stamp (5¢ assigned value)
February 1 | Pine Mountain, GA | 2 designs in PSA coils of 3,000 and 10,000
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The two nondenominated Butterfly Garden Flowers stamps are intended for bulk mailings by authorized nonprofit organizations. Each stamp features one of two flowers that butterflies love to visit: scabiosas or cosmos. Inspired by block-printed textile and pattern design, the artist hand-carved the images into linoleum blocks. After inking the blocks, she pressed them onto paper, scanned the images and added color digitally. Mailers find that their mail is more likely to be opened if there is a stamp on the envelope rather than a printed non-stamp indicia, thus the use of these non-denominated stamps. The mailer purchases the stamps at 5¢ each, then make up the difference between that 5¢ and the going rate for their mail, which depends in part on how they prepare it.

Pine Mountain was selected as the FDOI site because it is the location of the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, where typically 1,000 or more butterflies flutter freely about in one of North America’s largest tropical butterfly conservatories. The Day Butterfly Center is a living, dynamic, glass-enclosed environment in which a variety of tropical plants nourish the residents and new arrivals emerge from their chrysalides, dry their wings, and begin their very first wing-beats. The Pine Mountain area also includes Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park and is not far from the Warm Springs “Little White House” where Roosevelt would go to restore himself during his years in office, and which is pictured on a 1945 commemorative.


USPS - Palace of Fine Arts Stamp, Express Mail $26.95


Palace of Fine Arts $26.95 Express Mail Stamp
February 14 | San Francisco, CA (no ceremony) | Format TBD
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An eye-catching sight in the Marina District of San Francisco, the Palace of Fine Arts has long been a source of pride for residents and an attraction for visitors from around the world. This Priority Mail Express stamp celebrates the iconic architectural landmark.

The stamp features a digital illustration showing the rotunda and part of the colonnades of the Palace of Fine Arts, with a small lagoon in the foreground. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.

It was originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, which was previewed on a set of 1913 U.S. stamps. Completely renovated between 1964 and 1974, it is now a commercially operated venue that is available for weddings, corporate, and other events.


USPS - Monument Valley Priority Mail Stamp, $8.95


Monument Valley $8.95 Priority Mail Stamp
February 14 | Monument Valley, UT (no ceremony) | Format TBD
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This Priority Mail stamp celebrates Monument Valley, which is located on the Utah-Arizona state line and is officially a large area that includes much of the surrounding Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, a Navajo Nation equivalent to a national park. 

For hundreds of millions of years, materials that eroded from the early Rock Mountains deposited layer upon layer of sediment. Natural forces of wind and water that eroded the land spent the last 50 million years cutting into and peeling away at the surface of the plateau. The simple wearing down of altering layers of soft and hard rock slowly revealed the natural wonders of Monument Valley today. 

The digital illustration is based on photographs of Monument Valley, including a view facing northwest at sunrise. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.


USPS - African Daisy Global Forever Rate Stamp


African Daisy Global Forever Rate Stamp
March 14 | Kansas City, MO (no ceremony) | PSA pane of 10
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This round, Global stamp can be used to mail a 1-ounce letter or postcard to any country to which First-Class Mail International service is available. This Forever stamp will have a postage value equivalent to the price of the single-piece First-Class Mail International 1-ounce machineable letter in effect at the time of use ($1.30 as of January 1, 2022). 

The latest version of the Global Forever Rate issues features the intricate design of a colorful African daisy, photographed from above. Native to southern Africa and often called the African daisy, plants from the Osteospermum genus are widely available in U.S. nurseries. Greg Breeding designed the stamp with existing photography by Cindy Dyer. William Gicker was the art director.


USPS - Pony Cars Forever Stamp - 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 2022


Pony Cars Forever Stamps
August 25 | Sacramento, CA at Great American Stamp Show | 5 designs in PSA pane of 20
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Over the past six decades, pony cars have become a uniquely American obsession, bringing a youthful spirit to the automotive world. These stamps celebrate five iconic U.S. automobiles — the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302, the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, the 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7 GT and the 1969 AMC Javelin SST. The bold and dramatic artwork, painted with oils on panel, captures the energy and mystique of pony cars. 


USPS - Shel Silverstein Forever Stamp, 2022


Shel Silverstein Forever Stamp
Date TBD  | Site TBD  | Format TBD
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The USPS announcement for this stamp reads: “The extraordinarily versatile Shel Silverstein (1930–1999) was one of the 20th century‘s most imaginative authors and illustrators. His picture book “The Giving Tree” and his quirky poetry collections are beloved by children everywhere. The stamp art features a version of the illustration of a boy catching an apple that appears on the cover of “The Giving Tree.” Published in 1964, the best-selling tale of selflessness is considered a children’s literature classic. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.” 

But there was much more to Silverstein’s versatility. From Wikipidia, just a few of many works: “his cartoons appeared in issues of Playboy from 1957 through the mid-1970s; Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book (1961), his first book [was] of new, original material for adults; Silverstein also wrote Cash’s biggest hit, ‘A Boy Named Sue’ [and] lyrics and music for most of the Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show songs on their first few albums; Silverstein had a popular following on Dr. Demento's radio show; wrote more than 100 one-act plays.”


USPS - Floral Geometry $5.00 Rate Stamp, 2022


Floral Geometry $2 and $5 Rate Stamps
Date TBD | Site TBD | $2 in panes of 10, $5 in panes of four
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The two similarly designed Floral Geometry stamps, denominated at $2 and $5, lend an elegant and contemporary appearance to packages, large envelopes and other mailings. The stamp art features a series of overlapping geometric shapes that mimic the symmetry of floral patterns found in nature. The watercolor backgrounds and the glimmer of the foil-stamped designs and typography create a sophisticated look. 

The stamps were designed and created by the firm Spaeth Hill. Antonio Alcalá was the art director. They replace the 2018 $1, $2 and $5 stamps that featured the head of the Statue of Freedom on the U.S. Capitol Dome, still one more issue that has transitioned from historical to floral designs.


USPS - Flags on Barns Presort Standard Rate Stamps, 2022


Flags on Barns Presort Standard Rate Stamps
Date TBD | Site TBD | PSA coils of 3,000 and 10,000
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Painted flags can be found on barns in almost every region of the United States. Four colorful pencil and watercolor illustrations of flags on barns grace the latest issuance of stamps available for bulk-mail users. The barns are set in landscapes inspired by the seasons and different regions of the United States. Stephanie Bower designed and illustrated the stamps. Antonio Alcalá was the art director. 

When a mailer presorts mail so that it is sorted to the finest extent required by the standards of the price claimed, the benefit is significant savings on postage as the mailer is doing some of the work Postal People would otherwise have to do.


USPS - Mariachi Forever Stamps, 2022


Mariachi Forever Stamps
Date TBD | Site TBD | | 5 designs in PSA pane of 20
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Filled with passion, rhythm and stories of life, love and loss, mariachi music is an integral element of Mexican American culture that has become deeply rooted in the United States and has fans around the world. Each of the five stamps in this pane of 20 features a musician dressed in a traje de charro, the traditional outfit of mariachi performers, playing one of five iconic mariachi instruments: a guitar, an acoustic bass guitar called a guitarrón, a high-pitched stringed instrument known as a vihuela, a violin and a trumpet. Rafael López designed the stamps and created the art. Derry Noyes was the art director.


USPS - Women Cryptologists of World War II, 2022

Women Cryptologists of World War II Forever Stamp
Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD
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This stamp honors all of the women cryptologists of World War II. One of the conflict’s best-kept secrets, their service played an inestimable role in the Allied victory. The stamp art features an image from a World War II–era WAVES recruitment poster with an overlay of characters from the “Purple” code. In the pane selvage, seemingly random letters can be deciphered to reveal some key words. The reverse side of the pane discloses the cipher needed to read the words.


USPS - Mountain Flora Stamp, 2022


Mountain Flora Forever Stamp
Date TBD | Site TBD | 4 designs in Booklets of 20 and coils of 3,000 and 10,000
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These four new stamps celebrate the beauty of mountain flowers. Each Mountain Flora stamp features a different flower: a purple pasqueflower, an orange-red wood lily, a bright yellow alpine buttercup and a dark pink Woods’ rose. The artist’s hand-drawn illustrations, refined digitally, create a block-print aesthetic.




Distinguished Americans, Katharine Graham, Two-Ounce Stamp
Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD
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The 17th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series honors Katharine Graham (1917-2001), the first female head of a Fortune 500 company and a pivotal figure during turbulent moments in American history. The stamp features an oil portrait of Graham, based on a photograph taken in the 1970s, during the peak of her influence as owner and president of The Washington Post Co., where she was also publisher of its flagship newspaper. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp with original art by Lynn Staley.


USPS - Title IX stamp, 2022

Title IX Forever Stamp
Date TBD | Site TBD | 4 designs in format TBD
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This stamp release commemorates the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Applied at educational institutions over a wide range of programs, its most visible impact has been on school athletics. Four different stamps feature dark blue silhouettes of one of four female athletes: a runner, a swimmer, a gymnast and a soccer player. Yellow laurel branches, symbolic of victory, rest in their hair and on the swimmer’s cap. 



USPS - Sunflower Bouquet Stamp, 2022

Sunflower Bouquet Two-Ounce Stamp
Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD
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The Sunflower Bouquet 2-ounce stamp features an array of sunflowers, irises and other small flowers priced to accommodate the weight of heavy invitations, oversize greeting cards and other mailings that require extra postage. The Sunflower Bouquet stamp is similar in design to the new Tulips Forever stamp, and the two form a natural pair. 


USPS - Tulip Forever Stamp, 2022


Tulip Forever Stamp
Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD
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The Tulips Forever stamp features a luminous, almost ethereal assortment of overlapping tulips in red, orange, yellow, purple and white against a bright white background. Similar in design to the 2-ounce Sunflower Bouquet stamp, this stamp can be used on RSVP envelopes often enclosed with wedding invitations. In addition to regular correspondence, it is also perfect for party invitations, thank-you notes and important announcements. This stamp was designed by art director Ethel Kessler, with digital photography by Harold Davis.


USPS - Pete Seeger Forever Stamp, 2022

Pete Seeger Forever Stamps
Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD
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The 10th stamp in the Music Icons series honors Pete Seeger (1919-2014), a champion of traditional music and its power to inspire activism. Seeger’s clear tenor voice, iconic banjo and enormous charisma transformed concerts into singalongs. The stamp art features a color-tinted black-and-white photograph of Seeger singing and playing his banjo in the early 1960s, by Dan Seeger, the performer’s son. One side of the pane includes 16 stamps and the image of a sliver of a record seeming to peek out the top of the sleeve. A larger version of the stamp art photograph appears on the reverse side. 


USPS - Women's Rowing Forever Stamps, 2022


Women’s Rowing Forever Stamps
Date TBD | Site TBD | 2 designs in format TBD
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These stamps celebrate women’s rowing, a graceful but demanding sport in which American women have excelled, including in the Olympics. The artwork, which covers the entire pane, is a stylized illustration of five eight-person rowing teams competing or practicing. Four stamp designs are featured in a pane of 20 stamps arranged as five staggered rows of four. 




Eugenie Clark Forever Stamp
Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD
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Affectionately known as the “Shark Lady,” pioneering marine biologist Eugenie Clark (1922-2015) spent her career working tirelessly to change public perception about sharks as well as to preserve marine environments around the world. The stamp art features a digital collage, including a photograph of Clark and a lemon shark. Wavy blue elements in the background evoke an undersea scene. 


USPS - National Marine Sanctuaries Forever Stamp, 2022

National Marine Sanctuaries Forever Stamps
Date TBD | Site TBD | 16 designs in format TBD
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For 50 years, U.S. marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments have protected areas with special ecological, cultural and historical significance. Each of the 16 stamps on the pane features a photograph from a site that is part of the National Marine Sanctuary System, showcasing some of our nation’s precious natural treasures. A map of the National Marine Sanctuary System is printed on the back of the pane.



USPS - George Morrison Forever Stamp, 2022|

George Morrison Forever Stamps
Date TBD | Site TBD | 5 designs in format TBD
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One of the nation’s greatest modernist artists and a founding figure of Native American modernism, George Morrison (1919-2000) challenged prevailing ideas of what Native American art should be, arguing that an artist’s identity can exist independently from the nature of the art he creates. Morrison is best known for his abstract landscapes and monumental wood collages. A pane of 20 colorful stamps showcases five of Morrison’s artworks. 


USPS - Elephants Forever Stamp, 2022

Elephants Forever Stamp
Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD
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This lighthearted and playful stamp celebrates America’s affection for elephants. A graphic illustration of an elephant interacting with its young calf represents the loving nature of these beloved animals. Two stylized plants and a bright orange sun add whimsy and color. 


USPS - Mighty Mississippi, Kentucky Forever Stamp, 2022

Mighty Mississippi Forever Stamps
Date TBD | Site TBD | 10 designs in format TBD
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The Mississippi River is variously referred to as America’s backbone, heart and soul. The Mighty Mississippi release honors the big river with a portfolio of 10 photographic stamps, each representing a state along its course. On the back of the pane is a map of the central United States, detailing the river and its major tributaries. 

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