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2018 USPS New Stamp Issues Calendar Preview

Details on issue dates, sites and formats will be provided here as announced and as part of our First Day Covers deadlines and addresses information page. 

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

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Current Stamp Issues for 2018


US Airmail Army Pilots Stamp

U.S. Airmail Army Pilots Stamp
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— May 1  | Washington DC  | PSA pane of 20

The airmail stamp being issued on May 1 in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of regular airmail service will be the first of two identical design stamps to be issued this year. This first stamp in blue commemorates the pioneering spirit of the brave Army pilots who initiated the world’s first regularly scheduled airmail service. An identical stamp, printed in red, will be issued later this summer to commemorate the beginning of airmail delivery through the U.S. Post Office Department, which began in August 1918.

USPS to Honor Army, P.O.D. Air Service Centennials [PDF Document]

Peace Rose stamp, USPS 2018

Peace Rose
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— April 21 | Shreveport, LA | Double-sided PSA booklet of 20

Peace Rose celebrates one of the most popular roses of all time. The peace rose revolutionized hybrid tea roses with its unique coloring, hardiness, and disease resistance. The stamp art features a detail of a photograph of the rose’s blossom, its creamy yellow petals touched by pink at the edges.

The stamp was dedicated at the Gardens of the American Rose Center. April 21 also was the closing date of one of the oldest festivals in the South, Holiday in Dixie, which was held April 13-April 21 in Shreveport. The stamp release also serves as the kick-off to the annual Spring Bloom Festival and precedes National Peace Rose Day on April 29.

STEM Education stamp, USPS 2018

STEM Education
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— April 6 | Washington, DC | PSA Pane of 20

These stamps celebrate the role of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in keeping the United States a global leader in innovation and providing new opportunities for all Americans to learn and explore the world. Each of the four stamps features a collage of faces, symbols, drawings, and numbers that represent the complexity and interconnectedness of the STEM disciplines.

In 2015 the Department of Education established the Committee on STEM Education and explained, “The United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators. In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex…it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information…subjects collectively known as STEM.”

Mr. Rogers stamp, USPS 2018

Mister Rogers
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— March 23 | Springfield, IL | PSA Pane of 20

Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was known as a beloved television neighbor to generations of children. His groundbreaking public television series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity and honesty. Filmed in Pittsburgh and first distributed nationally in 1968 by a predecessor of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the program was innovative and unlike anything on television for children at that time. Each episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” began with its host welcoming the audience into his television house. While singing “Won't You Be My Neighbor?” Rogers always put on his trademark cardigan, changed into sneakers and then introduced the day’s topic. He discussed many of the experiences of growing up, delicately covering everything from sharing and friendship to difficult subjects like anger, fear, divorce and death. The stamp also pictures King Friday XIII, a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood puppet character hailing from “The Neighborhood of Make-Believe.” 

Illinois Statehood stamp, USPS 2018

Illinois Statehood
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— March 5 | Springfield, IL | PSA pane of 20

This stamp celebrates the 200th anniversary of Illinois statehood. The first Europeans to visit Illinois were the French explorers Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette in 1673, but the region was ceded to Britain after the French and Indian War. After the American Revolution, Illinois became a territory of the United States, and achieved statehood on December 3, 1818.

The stamp art features an outline of the state map with a series of yellow beams that are meant to look like rays of a rising sun. In similar fashion, the Postal People tell us “the yellows and blues symbolize the dawning of a new day as the state joins the Union. Stars, representing the first 20 states, grace the top of the stamp. The rising sun symbolizes the 21st star.” Illinois artist Michael Konetzka designed the stamp and created the artwork. 

The stamp is available from the Postal Service online sales and phone outlets. Although other Post Offices may order them, they are being distributed automatically only to Post Offices in Illinois. 

Bioluminescent Life Stamp - Biolouminescent Firefly Stamp, USPS 2018

Bioluminescent Life
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— February 22 | Fort Pierce, FL | PSA pane of 20

The Bioluminescent Life stamps were issued in Fort Pierce, Fla., home to ORCA, the Ocean Research & Conservation Association. ORCA’s CEO and Senior Scientist is Dr. Edith Widder, who took the photographs that appear on seven of the stamp images.
Bioluminescence is the ability of some species to glow, the one with which we are most familiar being the firefly. At https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioluminescence we learn that, in lay terms, the principal chemical reaction in bioluminescence involves some light-emitting molecule and an enzyme that sets off the oxidation that creates the light.

Seen on the full pane, accessible here, and referring to the first two columns from the left, the stamp images picture the following bioluminescent life-forms:
Row 1: deep-ocean octopus and midwater jellyfish, photos by Edith Widder.
Row 2: deep-sea comb jelly, photo by Edith Widder; mushroom, photo by Taylor F. Lockwood.
Row 3: firefly, photo by Gail Shumway; bamboo coral, photo by Edith Widder.
Row 4: marine worm and crown jellyfish, photos by Edith Widder.
Row 5: marine worm, photo by Steve Haddock; sea pen, photo by Edith Widder.

The selvage—or area outside the stamps—features a transparent deep-sea comb jelly (Gregory G. Dimijian photo), surrounded by images of the firefly squid (Danté Fenolio photo).

Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps and selvage from existing photographs.

US Flag Stamp, 2018 USPS

U.S. Flag
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— February 9 | Fort Lauderdale, FL | PSA booklet of 20 and PSA coil of 100 stamps

U.S. stamps picturing the American flag in full color have been available to the public almost continuously since 1957. The first U.S. Flag stamp of 2018 is this new definitive. It is one of two Flag stamps scheduled for 2018—the other being a commemorative stamp celebrating the bicentennial of the Flag Act of 1818.

Mailers like to use Flag stamps on their mail, as it is thought they have a better chance of being opened; however, most volume mailers use non-denominated stamps to pay a base fee, 5¢ for example, then pay the remaining postage by check or balance transfer. So this Forever First Class rate stamp scheduled to be issued at the ASDA Winter Show in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. will be used mostly by small businesses and individuals.

Lena Horne Stamp USPS 2018

Lena Horne (Black Heritage)
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— January 30 | New York, NY | PSA pane of 20

Lena Horne is included in the USPS Black Heritage series as a trailblazer in Hollywood for women of color when in fact, her fame and her contributions were much broader. As a performer her 70-year career was capped by a one-woman show, “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music,” which ran for more than three hundred performances on Broadway and then on tour across the United States. And as an activist, her defense of the civil rights of all Americans led to her being blacklisted during the infamous era of McCarthyism and the Red Scare.

The stamp features a photograph of Lena Horne taken by Christian Steiner in the 1980s, with an added background reminiscent of Horne’s “Stormy Weather” album.

Byodo-In Temple Stamp, Byodo-In Temple  Priority Mail Stamp, USPS 2018

Byodo-In Temple (Priority Mail)
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— January 21 | Kansas City, MO | PSA pane of 4 stamps

This Priority Mail stamp features a colorful illustration of the Byodo-In Temple, a popular tourist attraction in Hawai‘i.

Sleeping Bear Dunes stamp, USPS 2018  (Priority Mail Express)

Sleeping Bear Dunes  (Priority Mail Express)
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— January 21 | Kansas City, MO | PSA pane of 4 stamps

With this Priority Mail Express stamp, the Postal Service celebrates the Sleeping Bear Dunes, a national park in Michigan that takes its name from a Native American legend.

Meyer Lemons Stamp, USPS 2018

Meyer Lemons
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— January 19 | Kenner, LA | PSA Coil of 10,000

The 2¢ Meyer Lemons stamp is the latest in the current Fruits low value definitives series. The Meyer lemon is native to China, and is thought to be a cross between a true lemon and either a mandarin or common orange. It was introduced to the U.S. in 1908, but in the 1940s it was discovered that a majority of the Meyer lemon trees being cloned were symptomless carriers of a virus that had killed or rendered useless millions of citrus trees all over the world. Most of the Meyer lemon trees in the U.S. were then destroyed, after which a virus-free selection was developed in the 1950s and certified and released in 1975 by the University of California as the ‘Improved Meyer lemon’.”

Love Stamp 2018

Love Flourishes (Love series)
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— January 18 | Phoenix, AZ | PSA pane of 20

Love Flourishes, the latest stamp in a series that goes back to 1973, features a fanciful garden of colorful flowers surrounding the word “Love” in cursive script. The First Day of Issue site is Creativation, the annual Craft & Hobby Association convention that brings together the global creative products community from designers to manufacturers, some of whom may want to incorporate postage stamps in their designs.

The flowers on the stamp include stylized roses, peonies, and dahlias in pink, coral, and yellow, with pale blue-green berries and gold fronds and leaves.

Year of the Dog Stamp 2018

Year of the Dog Forever Stamp (Celebrating New Year series)
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— January 11 | Honolulu, HI | PSA pane of 12

The Lunar New Year begins February 16, 2018 and ends February 4, 2019. In the Lunar New Year cycle, the Dog symbolizes caring, loyalty and honesty. 

The Year of the Dog stamp is the 11th of 12 stamps in the current Celebrating Lunar New Year cycle. The artwork focuses on some of the common ways the Lunar New Year holiday is celebrated. It depicts an arrangement of lucky bamboo. On the red paper to the right, the Chinese character fu—meaning good fortune, rendered in calligraphy—is a common decoration on doors and entryways during Lunar New Year festivities.

Future Stamp Issues for 2018


Sally Ride Stamp, USPS 2018

Sally Ride
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— May 23 | La Jolla, CA | PSA pane of 20

America’s first woman in space, Dr. Sally Ride was a member of the crew of Space Shuttle Challenger STS-7 in 1984. She inspired the nation as a pioneering astronaut, brilliant physicist, and dedicated educator, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. Sally Ride was born May 26, 1951 in Encino, Ca., and died July 23, 2012 in La Jolla, which is the official release site for the stamp. The stamp art, sketched first in charcoal and then rendered in oil paint, features a portrait of Ride in her space suit with a space shuttle lifting off in the background.


Flag Act Stamp, USPS 2018

Flag Act of 1818
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— June 9 | Appleton, WI | TBD

With this stamp, the Postal Service marks the 200th anniversary of the Flag Act of 1818, which gave us the basic design of the current American flag: 13 stripes symbolizing the original 13 colonies and one star for each state in the union. The stamp release in Appleton, Wis. will part of the festivities during the oldest Flag Day Parade in the USA.

USPS News: Flag Act FD Part of Oldest Flag Day Parade
When the Postal People chose Appleton, Wisconsin as the site for the First Day of Issue Ceremony for the Flag Act of 1818 commemorative stamp—there was great significance in that choice.

“Why Appleton?” I turned to Wikipedia and found two connections.

First, like other towns across the USA, Appleton has an annual Flag Day Parade. In fact, it is the oldest, but what sets this parade apart also is that the . . .

Continue reading: USPS News: Flag Act FD Part of Oldest Flag Day Parade

Frozen Treats Stamps, USPS 2018

Frozen Treats
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—June 20 | Austin TX | Double sided pane of 20

The Frozen Treats stamps showcase whimsical watercolor illustrations. The release date fits with the season, as Americans enjoy cool, refreshing ice pops on hot Summer days. Modern frozen treats are available in many varieties. Ice pops are made by large manufacturers, home cooks, and artisanal shops. In recent years, frozen treats containing fresh fruit such as kiwi, watermelon, blueberries, oranges, and strawberries have become more common. In addition, flavors such as chocolate, root beer, and cola are also popular.

O Beautiful Stamp, USPS 2018

O Beautiful
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With the release of O Beautiful, the Postal Service commemorates the beauty and majesty of the United States through images that correspond with one of the nation’s most beloved songs, “America the Beautiful.”

USPS Airmail Stamp 2018

U.S. Airmail P.O.D. Service Stamp
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— Date TBD, c. August | Site TBD | PSA pane of 20

This red airmail stamp is the companion to the blue version being issued on May 1. While the blue stamp honors the Army pilots who initiated the world’s first regularly scheduled airmail service, this red stamp commemorates the 100th anniversary of the beginning of airmail delivery through the U.S. Post Office Department, which began August 12, 1918.

World War 1: Turning the Tide stamp, USPS 2018

World War I: Turning the Tide
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With this stamp, the Postal Service pays tribute to the sacrifice of American soldiers and millions of supporters on the home front who experienced World War I. Entering World War I (1914–1918) in its later stages, the United States helped turn the tide of war in favor of the Allies.

Dragons Stamps, USPS 2018

— August _ | Columbus, OH| PSA pane of 16
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The Dragons stamps will be issued during the APS StampShow, to be held August 9-12 in Columbus, Ohio. The four designs present a green fire-breathing dragon towering over a medieval-inspired castle; a purple dragon with orange wings and sharp black armor on its back snaking around a white castle; a black dragon with green wings and green armor on its back swooping past a ship on the sea; and a wingless orange dragon weaving its way around a pagoda.

The Postal People tell us, "Throughout history and across the globe—from Europe to the Middle East to Asia to the Americas—people have enjoyed tales of mythological creatures. Though these legendary animals vary in shape, size and color, they’re most often described as lizard-like with four legs, sharp claws, scales, wings and spiky tails. The wingless orange dragon weaving its way around a pagoda is inspired by creatures found in Asian art, architecture, folk religion and ancient lore. European folklore inspired the dragons on the purple dragon with orange wings and sharp black armor on its back, and the green fire-breathing dragon."

John Lennon Stamp, USPS 2018

John Lennon (Music Icons series)
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This stamp honors singer and songwriter John Lennon (1940–1980), a rock ’n’ roll hero successful both as a founding member of the Beatles and as a solo artist. Although issued as part of the Postal Service’s Music Icons series, his influence goes well beyond his music and continues decades after his death. 

Birds of Winter Stamps, USPS 2018

Birds in Winter
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Birds in Winter celebrates four of winter’s winged beauties: the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus), the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), the blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata), and the red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus).

The Art of Magic Stamps, USPS 2018

The Art of Magic
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The Postal Service celebrates the art of magic with this pane of 20 stamps featuring digital illustrations of five classic tricks magicians use to amaze and delight audiences: a rabbit in a hat (production), a fortune teller using a crystal ball (prediction), a woman floating in the air (levitation), an empty bird cage (vanishing), and a bird emerging from a flower (transformation).

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