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2020 USPS New Stamp Issues Program

In announcing the USPS 2020 stamp program, U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Acting Executive Director William Gicker stated, “since 1847, the Postal Service stamp program has celebrated the people, events and cultural milestones unique to the history of the United States. The 2020 stamp subjects continue this rich tradition. These miniature works of art offer something for everyone interested in American history and culture.”

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

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Stamp Issues Announced for 2020

 



Lunar New Year: Year of the Rat Forever Stamp
January 11 | Monterey Park, CA | TBD
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Lunar New Year: Year of the Rat Forever Stamp The first USPS Lunar New Year stamp was issued in December 1992. In 2020, the Postal Service is launching its third Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Rat observance begins January 25, 2020, and ends February 11, 2021. Calling to mind the elaborately decorated masks used in the dragon dance often performed in Lunar New Year parades, this three-dimensional mask is a contemporary take on the long tradition of paper-cut folk art crafts created during this time of year. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp with original artwork by Camille Chew.


Big Bend Stamp, USPS, 2020

Big Bend Texas, $7.75 Priority Mail Stamp
January 18 | Kansas City, MO | PSA pane of 4
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The Big Bend stamp captures the beauty of the Big Bend region in West Texas, where river, mountain and desert ecosystems coexist in its vast expanses. The stamp art depicts the Rio Grande flowing between the sheer limestone cliffs of Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. Per Wikipedia, “Because the Rio Grande serves as an international boundary, the park faces unusual constraints while administering and enforcing park rules, regulations, and policies. In accordance with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the park's territory extends only to the center of the deepest river channel as the river flowed in 1848. The rest of the land south of that channel, and the river, lies within Mexican territory. The park is bordered by the protected areas of Parque Nacional Cañon de Santa Elena and Maderas del Carmen in Mexico.”



Grand Island Ice Caves, $26.35 Michigan Express Mail Stamp
January 18 | Kansas City, MO | PSA pane of 4
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This new Express Mail stamp depicts the winter beauty of the Grand Island Ice Caves in Lake Superior, on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Grand Island is marked by massive sandstone bluffs that are especially dramatic in winter when lake water seeps into the crevices and caverns, forming magnificent ice curtains and icicles that hang like stalactites from ceilings. The stamp art features a colorful illustration of how one of these ever-changing ice caves might appear from the inside looking out toward the west at sunset.

Viewing ice caves and ice formations has become a popular winter activity at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and the surrounding area. The ice generally begins to form by mid-December and remains until early April, forming columns of blue, white, or yellow ice 20-50 feet high.




Gwen Ifill Black Heritage Forever Stamp
January 30 | Washington, DC | TBD
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The 43rd stamp in the Black Heritage series that began in 1978 honors Gwen Ifill (1955–2016), one of America’s most esteemed journalists. Among the first African Americans to hold prominent positions in both broadcast and print journalism, Ifill was a trailblazer in the profession. In 1999, she became the first woman of African descent to host a nationally televised U.S public affairs program with Washington Week in Review. The stamp features a photo of Ifill taken in 2008 by photographer Robert Severi. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.



Made of Hearts Love Forever Stamp
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The first USPS Love stamp was issued in 1973. “Made of Hearts” 2020 stamp features horizontal lines of red and pink hearts on a white background. Toward the center, red hearts in varying sizes replace pink hearts in a formation that creates one large red heart, the focal point of this graphic design. Beyond romantic messages, the stamp is intended for use on thank-you notes, get-well cards or any occasion when love is the perfect message. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.




Let’s Celebrate! Forever Stamp
February 14  | Mesa, AZ | TBD
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Let’s Celebrate! is the latest USPS stamp that can add fun to celebratory greeting cards, invitations and gift-bearing envelopes and packages. No matter the occasion, birthday, anniversary, holiday, engagement, new job, retirement, Let’s Celebrate! helps send cheer along with well wishes. The stamp features an array of colorful circles in varying sizes arranged in a random pattern. The letters in the word “celebrate,” cast in a dark green hue, appear inside several brightly colored circles on a white background. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.



Wild Orchids Forever Stamps
February 21  |  Coral Gables, FL | TBD
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Flowers in general are among the most popular stamps in the U.S. and around the world. A set of four Orchids stamps was issued by the USPS in 1984, and they have appeared within other U.S. flower issues. The 2020 stamps, to be issued in booklets of 20 and coils of 3,000 and 10,000, feature photographs of one of nine species that grow wild in the United States: Cypripedium californicum, Hexalectris spicata, Cypripedium reginae, Spiranthes odorata, Triphora trianthophoros, Platanthera grandiflora, Cyrtopodium polyphyllum, Calopogon tuberosus and Platanthera leucophaea. Orchids also have common names, with some plants having several different names in popular use. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with existing photographs by Jim Fowler.


Arnold Palmer Forever Stamp
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This stamp honors champion golfer Arnold Palmer (1929–2016). With drive and charisma, he helped transform a game once seen as a pastime for the elite into a sport enjoyed by the masses, with “Arnie’s Army” leading the way. The stamp features James Drake’s action photograph of Palmer at the 1964 United States Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD. Previous golf-themed stamps include a 1981 issue for Bobby Jones. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.



Maine Statehood Forever Stamp
March 14 | Augusta, ME | TBD
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This stamp celebrates the 200th anniversary of Maine statehood. Nicknamed the Pine Tree State, Maine was part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until 1820, when it voted to secede from Massachusetts to become a separate state. The 150th Anniversary was celebrated with a 1970 stamp. On March 15, 1820, under the Missouri Compromise, it was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state. American painter Edward Hopper was among the many prominent artists who sought the tranquility of the state’s coastal towns during the summer. His painting “Sea at Ogunquit” (1914) captures the rugged beauty characteristic of Maine. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.



Contemporary Boutonniere Forever Stamp
April 2 | Crestwood, KY | TBD
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Contemporary Boutonniere is a new Forever stamp similar in design to the new 2-ounce Garden Corsage stamp. In addition to wedding RSVP cards, it can be used for party invitations, thank-you notes, birthday cards, and other occasions. The stamp features a photograph of an arrangement of a burgundy mini-cymbidium orchid bloom, a succulent and a touch of green hydrangea, accented with loops of variegated lily grass, as arranged by floral designer Carol Caggiano and photographed by Renée Comet. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.



Garden Corsage 2-Ounce Forever Stamp
April 2 | Crestwood, KY | TBD
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The Postal Service introduces Garden Corsage, a new 2-ounce stamp similar in design to the Contemporary Boutonniere 1-ounce rate stamp. It can accommodate the weight of heavy invitations as well as mailings such as small gifts that require extra postage. The stamp features a photograph of a corsage containing a spray of peach roses and a pink ranunculus, accented with deep-pink heather and seeded eucalyptus. A cream-colored lace ribbon entwines the flowers. The corsage was arranged by floral designer Carol Caggiano and photographed by Renée Comet. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.



Earth Day Forever Stamp
April 18 | Denver, CO | TBD
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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Postal Service issues a stamp featuring a playful painting of the planet, with small green lines surrounding Earth and hand-lettered text. Environmental groups have sought to make Earth Day into a day of action to change human behavior and provoke policy changes. Walt Kelly created an anti-pollution poster featuring his comic strip character Pogo with the quotation “We have met the enemy and he is us” to promote the 1970 Earth Day. Preceded by various environmental-themed stamps, the first USPS Earth Day stamps were not issued until 1995. Art director Antonio Alcalá was the stamp artist and designer. Ricky Altizer was the typographer.



American Gardens Forever Stamps
May 13 | Winterthur, DE | TBD
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The Postal Service celebrates the beauty of American gardens in a pane of 20 stamps that feature these 10 different photographs of botanic, country estate and municipal gardens: Biltmore Estate Gardens (North Carolina); Brooklyn Botanic Garden (New York); Chicago Botanic Garden (Illinois); Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (Maine); Dumbarton Oaks Garden (District of Columbia); The Huntington Botanical Gardens (California); Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park (Florida); Norfolk Botanical Garden (Virginia); Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens (Ohio); and Winterthur Garden (Delaware). Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with existing photographs by Allen Rokach.



Voices of the Harlem Renaissance Forever Stamps
May 21 | New York, NY | TBD
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Voices of the Harlem Renaissance Forever Stamps These stamps celebrate one of the great artistic and literary movements in American history, the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, which firmly established African Americans as a vital force in literature and the arts. Twenty stamps showcase four stylized pastel portraits of these literary figures: writer, philosopher, educator and arts advocate Alain Locke; novelist Nella Larsen; bibliophile and historian Arturo Alfonso Schomburg; and poet Anne Spencer. African-inspired motifs are used as background elements of each portrait. The pane header shows a cityscape in silhouette with a sun in its midst and the title “Voices of the Harlem Renaissance.” The artist for these stamps was Gary Kelley. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps.



Enjoy the Great Outdoors Forever Stamps
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With the release of the Enjoy the Great Outdoors Forever stamps, the Postal Service celebrates the many ways individuals experience America’s abundance of natural beauty. These hand-sketched and painted designs depict these five different scenes of outdoor activities: building a sand castle, hiking, cross-country skiing, canoeing and biking. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps with original art by Gregory Manchess.



Hip Hop Forever Stamps
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‘Pushing the envelope’ of U.S. stamp themes, the Postal Service celebrates hip hop with four new stamps in a pane of 20. Since its inception more than four decades ago, the electrifying music, dance and art movement has profoundly influenced American and global popular culture. The stamp art features photographs taken by Cade Martin that depict four elements of hip hop: MCing (rapping), b-boying (breakdancing), DJing and graffiti art. The bold, digitally tinted images are intended to appear in motion. The name of the element featured appears across the top of each stamp. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps.


Fruits & Vegetables Forever Stamps
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The Postal Service builds on similar past issues with these still-life paintings, in a booklet of 20 stamps featuring 10 different portraits of fruits and vegetables. Each stamp features a collection of one kind of fruit or vegetable: red and black plums, heirloom and cherry tomatoes, carrots, lemons, blueberries, red and green grapes, lettuces, strawberries, eggplants and figs. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps with existing art by Robert Papp.

 

 



Thank You Forever Stamps
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These four new stamps in a booklet of 20 are intended for notes, cards and letters of thanks sent to acknowledge a favor, an act of kindness, a job well done or gifts sent for any occasion. Highlighted in gold foil are the words “Thank you” in cursive script and an elegant floral design that swirls through and around the words. Each stamp features one of four background colors: blue gray, deep blue, muted green or soft maroon. Greg Breeding was the art director. Dana Tanamachi was the stamp designer and lettering artist.



19th Amendment: Women Vote Forever Stamp
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This stamp commemorates the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees women the right to vote. Inspired by historic photographs, the stamp features a stylized illustration of suffragists marching in a parade or other public demonstration. The clothes they wear and the banners they bear display the official colors of the National Woman’s Party—purple, white and gold. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with original art by Nancy Stahl.



Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor Forever Stamp
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Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor Forever Stamp This commemorative stamp marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor. The Mayflower and the Pilgrims have been featured before on a 1920 300th Anniversary issue and a 1970 350th Anniversary stamp. The stamp’s image is based on artwork of watercolor, acrylic and gouache, a method of painting that uses opaque pigments ground in water and thickened to a glue-like consistency. The painting was digitally refined to convey a scene of desolate beauty at the end of the Pilgrims’ long journey to an unfamiliar world. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Greg Harlin.



Drug Free USA Forever Stamp
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The Drug Free USA stamp will be issued in October, during Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s oldest and largest drug use prevention awareness program. In 1988, the National Family Partnership coordinated the first National Red Ribbon Week with President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan serving as honorary chairpersons. The week runs Oct. 23-31 and coincides with National Substance Abuse Prevention Month every October.
Red Ribbon Week was started after the death of Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was tortured and murdered in 1985 by drug traffickers he was investigating in Mexico. After Camarena’s death, people started wearing red ribbons to honor Kiki’s sacrifice.

The Drug Free USA Forever stamp art features a white star with lines of red, light blue and blue radiating from one side of each of the star’s five points, intended to suggest the unity necessary at all levels to effectively address drug abuse.

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